Update: A version of this event is now taking place on Monday, April 13 and Tuesday, April 14 at Animal on Fairfax.
Better start taking your Lipitor now: Franklin BBQ is coming to town.
No, not an official second location of Franklin (owner Aaron Franklin swears up and down that a second location anywhere will never happen). Rather, something arguably better:
an Aaron Franklin / Adam Perry Lang barbecue mash-up of biblical proportions.
UPDATE: Franklin writes in to say that, unfortunately, the Adam Perry Lang pop-up isn't happening after all, though something had been in the works but ultimately fell through. With Franklin's ever-tightening tour schedule in anticipation of his upcoming book, the timing just turned out not to be quite right.
Franklin does add that he'll be coming to L.A. soon enough though, and promises "something fun."
In anticipation of Franklin’s upcoming book, the brisket whisperer himself is taking to the road
for a couple of pop-ups in Portland and Los Angeles. Perry Lang will be along to help tend the coals, work the meat, and drink the whiskey. The whole thing is going down sometime this May, and while no location is officially set, there’s a good chance it’ll land on the Jimmy Kimmel backlot once again. That’s where Perry Lang’s two seasons of BBQ pop-ups went down, and it’s hard not to see Kimmel taking full advantage of having Aaron Franklin around for some screen time. There’s only one real hitch: you probably can’t get in. Apparently the whole thing is going to be limited to like, 60 people only, in order to make sure the quality of the brisket isn’t compromised. After all, Franklin will be cooking on non-native equipment in a city he’s less familiar with. Exactly how those golden tickets will be handed out is still up for discussion, but anyone determined to make it in no matter what should start crafting some chainmail and armor now — odds are, with anticipation this high and numbers that small, there’s going to be a war.
Soon enough though, Perry Lang will be (finally) landing his own official BBQ restaurant. It’s been in the works for something like two years now, and may finally be coming to fruition sooner rather than later. Until then, all any of us can do is pray for one of those hard-to-come-by Franklin BBQ pop-up tickets.