Smoky Bones BBQ opened a couple of years ago on Capital Circle NE, and it has been hopping ever since. It is a fun, causal atmosphere, and the food is great. The pulled pork is excellent, the sides are good and Southern-style, and the beer is great with the entrees. Their sauces are very good. The place is fun and clean. It looks nothing like the old Don Pablo used to look. Smoky Bones is set up like a sports bar, and as a result there are TV's everywhere. It is loud and therefore is very kid-friendly. The service is also good. And the price is right.
For great BBQ from a franchise (really!), eat at Smoky Bones.