Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company

1679 U.S. 87 S. (Washington)
Fredericksburg, TX 78624

Phone: 830-997-2353
Hours: Tue-€“Fri 11-€“3 or till meat runs out. Closed the first Sun of the month.
Website: www.crankyfranksbbq.com/

Opened 2003
Pitmaster Daniel Martin and Glenn Wilke
Method Mesquite; indirect-heat pit
Pro Tip Frank, who was an infant when his parents opened the restaurant, is really not all that cranky anymore.

TMBBQ Rating: 4.25

Texas Monthly BBQ Top 50

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Had a sliced beef sandwich and potato salad. Both were great! I'll definitely be back! This place will make you throw rocks at cooper's
@ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2014-12-01 17:26:23
Brisket was good moist and smokey Chicken was dry and sausage taste like store bought Great coleslaw and potatoe salad but don't think it's on the top 50
Jackie Hanson @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2014-08-21 19:06:46
Came to cranky franks and there closed for summer vacation oh well forty miles out of the way for nothing lmao
doug_wallace @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2014-07-25 12:47:50
Tender brisket. Sausage was very good. All you can eat sides!!!
clem_corp @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2014-07-11 12:17:09
Moist brisket lacks a bit of flavor, but is absolutely perfectly flakey. Definitely have to try the special recipe German BBQ sauce!
Scott Jarvis @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2014-01-18 12:45:25
Asked for moist brisket. Fresh brisket, with beautiful bark and smoke ring. A bit heavy on smoke flavor but perfect texture. Pork roast was moist but lacked flavor. Ribs meaty, great flavor but meat seemed steamed and a led any "bite" sausage unremarkable
Mike Romano @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2013-12-21 20:51:07
The chaps behind the counter are a lot of fun. The meats are chopped as you order. Unlike some of my favourite places such as Smitty's, Opies, Coopers the meats are not taken off the pit but out of a warmer. The moist brisket is excellent and the crust is very tasty. The meat perfectly cooked. The sausage is peppery an has a good snap to it. The pork ribs though are a little disappointing. They ha little crust and not enough flavour. However they do fall off the bone.
Christopher Agius Ferrante @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2013-12-14 13:25:11
Yum-tas-tic!
marc_wills @ Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company, 2013-10-13 12:22:40
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Review

May 15, 2013

As popular as this Hill Country hamlet is among the day-tripping set, Fredericksburg has historically suffered from a surprising dearth of top-rate barbecue. No more. Just a mile and a half south of the knickknack and potpourri emporiums of bustling Main Street stands Cranky Frank’s Barbeque Company. Once inside the brightly colored building, make your way to the counter, where, guided by the menu above and whoever is manning the cutting board, you can place your order for toothsome and juicy “marbled” brisket (lean, meaning not quite as marbled, is also an option, of course), perfectly crusted pork ribs, and snappy and black-peppery sausage. There’s tender and moist pork shoulder too. And chicken. And beer (or “bier,” as they market it to the tourists back on the busy hauptstrasse). If you choose to go the plate route, the pinto beans, potato salad, green beans, whole-kernel corn, coleslaw, and chocolate pudding are help-yourself and all-you-can-eat. Grab a seat at one of the indoor tables or dig in alfresco at one of the picnic tables, covered in cheerful red-and-white-checked tablecloths. The heavy, tangy, ketchup-based sauce is very good. Use it if you must, but do so sparingly.

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