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Never heard of this show. Our local PBS stations do not carry it. Or at least I have never seen it.

His show on PBS has not started yet. It should be out some time this winter. Franklin owns a very trendy BBQ joint in Austin, and has kind of turned into somewhat of an Internet Foodie sensation over the past couple of years. Do a You Tube search of Aaron Franklin, and he has a series of videos on BBQ that have become quite popular. 

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Never heard of this show. Our local PBS stations do not carry it. Or at least I have never seen it.

His show on PBS has not started yet. It should be out some time this winter. Franklin owns a very trendy BBQ joint in Austin, and has kind of turned into somewhat of an Internet Foodie sensation over the past couple of years. Do a You Tube search of Aaron Franklin, and he has a series of videos on BBQ that have become quite popular. 

 

 

 

 

Ross, Franklin has been doing KRLU shows for the past two years.  Here is his brisket show from October, 2012.  It's really worth a look ... brisket done righteously!

 

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I'm going to say something unpopular on this board but hear me out.

Now mind you, I'm a huge fan of kamado's, but I saw this a number of days ago and something inside of me groaned just a little bit. Why? Because I love Aaron Franklin. I follow him like a hawk. In so doing I've formed an impression of him that is synonymous with a crackling real wood fire in an offset pit. In fact, in a recent interview he went so far as to say that as the BBQ revolution gains steam he predicts that the best pitmasters will be cooking on wood. Whether I agree or not is a matter of opinion, but to me seeing him open the lid on that Big Joe just seemed like sacrilege. Like he was entering a dimension of BBQ where he was no longer the top dog. Maybe it's just me, but one of the things I love about Aaron is the fact that he doesn't waver from who he is or where he comes from, as in preferring to stay small instead of franchising and personally tending his pits and making sure the doors are open every day. To see him use anything other than an offset feels like a little bit of that purity of purpose gone.

It also bums me out that that KLRU outfit is willing to cheapen his reputation by putting him out there panhandling for them.

But it's OK. I still love him.

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Indiegogo and kick starter are as much about publicity as raising funds.

Wrt to the kamado in the video clip, has a full episode with it been shown yet? My assumption is that it would be some kind of review. For the regular joes who want to follow at home and don't have an offset.

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Ross, Franklin has been doing KRLU shows for the past two years.

Yup, but web series only. In January 2015 they'l premiere a new TV show that Franklin calls a "BBQ variety show" - it'll be distributed nationally - hopefully the local PBS carries it and I can record/watch it with my PVR.

http://www.eater.com/2014/1/27/6291065/aaron-franklin-is-getting-a-barbecue-tv-show-with-pbs

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Ross, Franklin has been doing KRLU shows for the past two years.

Yup, but web series only. In January 2015 they'l premiere a new TV show that Franklin calls a "BBQ variety show" - it'll be distributed nationally - hopefully the local PBS carries it and I can record/watch it with my PVR.

http://www.eater.com/2014/1/27/6291065/aaron-franklin-is-getting-a-barbecue-tv-show-with-pbs

that's what I thought.... I have watched all his web shows on you tube but was not aware they were on, or even related to a particular public tv station.
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I'm going to say something unpopular on this board but hear me out.

Now mind you, I'm a huge fan of kamado's, but I saw this a number of days ago and something inside of me groaned just a little bit. Why? Because I love Aaron Franklin. I follow him like a hawk. In so doing I've formed an impression of him that is synonymous with a crackling real wood fire in an offset pit. In fact, in a recent interview he went so far as to say that as the BBQ revolution gains steam he predicts that the best pitmasters will be cooking on wood. Whether I agree or not is a matter of opinion, but to me seeing him open the lid on that Big Joe just seemed like sacrilege. Like he was entering a dimension of BBQ where he was no longer the top dog. Maybe it's just me, but one of the things I love about Aaron is the fact that he doesn't waver from who he is or where he comes from, as in preferring to stay small instead of franchising and personally tending his pits and making sure the doors are open every day. To see him use anything other than an offset feels like a little bit of that purity of purpose gone.

It also bums me out that that KLRU outfit is willing to cheapen his reputation by putting him out there panhandling for them.

But it's OK. I still love him.

I couldn't agree more. I would think that there was a monetary reason for the kJ making its place in that spot, and Aaron's show is in need of funding, apparently...
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I get REALLY offended when I see people commenting, especially on YouTube, that this guy shouldn't be asking for money and that the videos should be free. They are free, you don't have to pay a dime, but they're not free to make, get it? Even non-profits (like PBS and Aaron's production co) need to pay staff, buy/rent equipment, space, etc. "Things" cost money. Period. So how about these complainers start their own video series to see what it actually takes to produce broadcast quality video and audio. And if they suck in front of or behind a camera and computer maybe they can just do a little experiment and tell their boss not to pay them for the next 12 months. Self employed? No problem, give away your product/service for 12 months.

I agree, and I think as federal funding is largely drying up for local public tv stations, funding through private equity sources, such as kickstart and the one mentioned in the Franklin video will be the way of the future for public TV.

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CC, if you can get it funded in five calls, get after it. AF gives a great show.

 

RW - what's in it for me?  I already give a ton to my charities and foundation and I promise you, KRLU has a lot deeper pockets than I. 

 

I think what's going on here is part of a much larger marketing plan.

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I've wanted a stickburner for a long time and I appreciate the fact that he does most of the work himself but I am glad to see someone like AF branching out and using different cookers like the KJ. It just goes to ahow that a great result can be had with different methods,and that is the beauty of bbq. We can all do bbq a different way but end up with a great meal when it's all said and done.

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