When I first started this post, I didn’t know what category to put Franklin’s Pork & Barrel in, because while they do serve amazing pulled pork and some interesting BBQ sauces, they’re not quite what you’d expect in a BBQ joint. And while they do have some amazing chipotle sauces and other Mexican influences in their food, they’re not quite Mexican. Burgers, yes, but they’re definitely beyond your conventional idea of a burger. Let’s just say that they’ve got some very interesting flavors in the mixup.
Franklin’s Pork & Barrel has a wide variety of dishes containing very creative flavor combinations. Some of the most notable sauces they use are the cilantro pesto, peach BBQ, and a poblano pumpkin seed sauce. And let’s not forget the mango ketchup, which doesn’t really taste much like ketchup.
The Cuban sandwich had been highly recommended to us, so one of my coworkers that was with me tried it. It’s definitely a Franklin’s signature dish, as it comes with their deliciously tender and flavorful pork shoulder, mango ketchup, pickled mustard seed, and bread and butter jalapenos. But it also has Swiss cheese and Canadian bacon like you’d find in most Cuban sandwiches. The mango ketchup just added a hint of sweetness, but the mustard seeds really popped with a surprising burst of flavor.
Another coworker of mine got the pulled pork sandwich, which is a favorite Franklin’s dish of mine and my daughter as well. If you want a good amount of that juicy, flavorful pork, then this is the way to go. And those fries aren’t your average fare, either, their truffle fries are cooked to perfection and seasoned well with herbs and a hint of chile. These are probably some of the best fries I’ve had, hands down.
I ordered one of my favorite Franklin’s dishes, the “Bowl of Greens,” which is actually like an amazing pulled pork tortilla soup topped with wonderful crumbled cojita cheese and poblano crema. It was satisfying both in flavor and in the amount of food. Perfecto!
Franklin’s sits in the heart of downtown Broken Arrow, adjacent to “Toast” on S. Main St.