Aaron Franklin of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, a place where guests often start lining up at 7 a.m., will be serving his food in L.A. on April 13 and April 14 at Animal. Franklin’s L.A. appearance is part of the latest El Jefe pop-up with Jon Favreau and Roy Choi (Franklin played himself in Favreau’s Chef film). Franklin, fellow low-and-slow meat maven Adam Perry Lang, Choi, and Animal’s Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo will all collaborate to create a family-style meal focused on barbecue.
What’s billed as the El Jefe: Austin Midnight Dinner is $85 a person, and tables are being booked throughout the two nights. Franklin’s new cookbook, Franklin Barbecue: A Meat-Smoking Manifesto, will be available for purchase at the dinners. In addition, El Jefe Cuban sandwiches will be sold outside the restaurant.