VIDEO: Jimmy Kimmel Finds the Best BBQ Joints in Austin
Good thing Jimmy Kimmel was hungry.
In a The Bachelor spoof to find the best barbecue in Austin, Texas — a town famous for its brisket — during Tuesday night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, the host and his sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez chowed down at four popular barbecue places in less than four hours.
First stop for the famous foodie: Franklin Barbecue, where loyal diners line up, sometimes for hours, for the beef ribs, brisket and turkey. And when the food is all gone — a frequent occurrence — the restaurant shuts for the day.
“Aaron [Franklin’s owner] was my first here in Austin,” joked Kimmel, who snuck in from the back to avoid the massive lines, “and I’m glad because he was so gentle and kind and I just love putting his meat in my mouth.”
At Micklethwait Craft Meats, located in a trailer in a dirt parking lot, the duo sat at a picnic table and fell in love with the beef short ribs, brisket, pork-and-beef jalapeno sausage and lamb chorizo.
“Tom [Micklethwait] is a special guy,” noted the funnyman. “When he offered me his moist brisket, I was like, ‘Whoa, this is going a little fast,’ but then I ate it and I was like, ‘Okay, yeah, go fast, Tom.'”
The passionfest continued at John Mueller Meat Co., a butcher/smokehouse also operating out of a trailer, where Kimmel and Rodriguez ate a platter of beef ribs and sausage, made in a barbecue pit the third-generation owner built himself.
“John’s a bad boy,” Kimmel said of the owner, “but I’ve had that in the past. But sometimes you need a little bad to be good.”
Though Rodriguez was stuffed, the foodie host was still the attentive suitor at La Barbecue, their last stop, which has made a name for itself for its brisket, pulled pork and the sausage handmade on the premises, and like the other offerings, cooked in a custom pit out back.
“See how [the brisket] is smoked on the outside ring?” he pointed out to Rodriguez. After the meal, Kimmel got blunt: “I would have sex with that brisket, that’s how delicious it was.”
In the end, he couldn’t choose a favorite, getting down on one knee and asking each restaurant proprietor, “Will you accept this rib and make me the happiest man in the world?”
And in a dig to the latest bachelor, who handed out a final rose but no engagement ring, Kimmel said, “You see, Juan Pablo, that’s how you propose.”
WATCH: Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo Search For Austin’s Best BBQ