Shorty’s BBQ

780 E US Hwy 80
Sunnyvale, TX 75182

Phone: 972-815-8830
Hours: M 10:30-3, Tues-Sat 10:30-8
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Shortys-Texas-BAR-B-Q/133166060044472

Opened 2008
Pitmaster Yolanda and Brad Cole
Method Wood-Fired offset smoker with oak and pecan

TMBBQ Rating: 2.5

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Brisket is really good and tender! Has great smoky flavor. This place also has a butcher!
Nathaniel Cox @ Vincek’s Smokehouse, 2014-08-31 18:30:40
The hunt for the best barbecue continues with the second joint today. This is a small victory as I have always wanted to hit more than one restaurant on the Texas Monthly Top 50 BBQ establishments in a single day. Billy's Old Fashion Barbecue happens to be number 9. I have a hair less than four years to visit the other 41 before the list is updated. I have my work cut out for me as these places are as far at 500 miles from home. I wasn't hungry when we rolled into Jasper, but I was here to eat barbecue. I knew I wanted brisket and when we found the dilapidated restaurant, I knew we were going to experience some magic. I chose the sliced brisket sandwich. I wasn't expecting this monstrosity as it was quite large. Topped with pickles and onions, this sauce soaked sandwich was perfect. I only wish I had ordered the sauce on the side. The sauce was decent, but I came for the meat. The sliced brisket was very nice. It was juicy and the fat was rendered beautifully. It was a bit toothsome, but it certainly wasn't tough. I had forgotten to ask for untrimmed meat, so I was pleased when I saw that the crusty bark was intact. The meat had a mild flavor. Not too much smoke, and it wasn't overpowered with seasoning. It was a simple, beefy masterpiece. At only 2 1/2 hours from home, I can see myself loading up the family for a nice meaty adventure. This is easily a 4.0/5.0. Well done, Texas Monthly. This BBQ doesn't disappoint.
Theodore Luoma @ Billy’s Old Fashion BBQ, 2014-08-31 01:12:51
It has been a few months since I was able to hunt for some good Texas BBQ. It is a bit of a tradition that my oldest daughter, Alli, and I enjoy. I'm not a hunter, so we aren't likely to go kill deer as we spend time together, but we have our own game we like to track down. We decided to have lunch at the Hitch-N-Post in Livingston, TX. It's 3 1/2 hours from home so we had time to work up an appetite. We both ordered untrimmed fatty brisket which in my estimation, is the best tasting meat. I usually try the sausage as well, but we are planning an early supper at another BBQ place and I don't want to gorge myself. The brisket, though cooked, could probably have used another four hours in the smoker to completely render the fat and make the meat fork tender. I actually had to use a knife to cut the meat. There was a beautiful smoke ring and a decent crust, but I was hoping for a denser crust. Then again, this ain't Lockhart. The beans were good, but they were punched up canned beans. The potato salad probably came from Brookshire Brothers, but I came for the meat. The sides are just a bonus. Apparently, the proprietor has a policy to give free cake to first time customers. He was a really nice BBQ enthusiast as he asked if I had tried Snow's in Lexington. Then he started showing me pictures of BBQ joints on his phone. The ambience was a schlockfest with old tricycles dangling from the ceiling and tiki umbrellas reminiscent of Gilligan's Island. It was enjoyable soaking it in while I soaked up sauce with my bread. The food was good. I would rate it a 3.0/5.0, but with the outstanding service and friendly atmosphere, I rate it a solid 3.5. Hitch-N-Post is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Theodore Luoma @ Hitch-N-Post BBQ, 2014-08-30 18:24:06
It has been a few months since I was able to hunt for some good Texas BBQ. It is a bit of a tradition that my oldest daughter, Alli, and I enjoy. I'm not a hunter, so we aren't likely to go kill deer as we spend time together, but we have our own game we like to track down. We decided to have lunch at the Hitch-N-Post in Livingston, TX. It's 3 1/2 hours from home so we had time to work up an appetite. We both ordered untrimmed fatty brisket which in my estimation, is the best tasting meat. I usually try the sausage as well, but we are planning an early supper at another BBQ place and I don't want to gorge myself. The brisket, though cooked, could probably have used another four hours in the smoker to completely render the fat and make the meat fork tender. I actually had to use a knife to cut the meat. There was a beautiful smoke ring and a decent crust, but I was hoping for a denser crust. Then again, this ain't Lockhart. The beans were good, but they were punched up canned beans. The potato salad probably came from Brookshire Brothers, but I came for the meat. The sides are just a bonus. Apparently, the proprietor has a policy to give free cake to first time customers. He was a really nice BBQ enthusiast as he asked if I had tried Snow's in Lexington. Then he started showing me pictures of BBQ joints on his phone. The ambience was a schlockfest with old tricycles dangling from the ceiling and tiki umbrellas reminiscent of Gilligan's Island. It was enjoyable soaking it in while I soaked up sauce with my bread. The food was good. I would rate it a 3.0/5.0, but with the outstanding service and friendly atmosphere, I rate it a solid 3.5. Hitch-N-Post is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
Theodore Luoma @ Hitch-N-Post BBQ, 2014-08-30 18:24:05
Third in line pound of lean got two ends and a sausage PERFECTION worth the drive ft worth good food good folks
doug_wallace @ Louie Mueller Barbecue, 2014-08-30 15:38:00
Loved that there was no wait unlike that other place on East 6th. Fatty brisket was as advertised. Pepper on crust was perfect. Jalapeño sausage was okay. Loved the cheesy squash - my new favorite side. No beef ribs today sadly. Drank the BBQ sauce too; very good stuff.
Rahul Yaratha @ John Mueller Meat Co., 2014-08-29 16:44:19
Brisket was moist, but tough. Needed more smoke. Spare ribs were ok.
mrb @ Rudy’s Bar-B-Q, 2014-08-27 02:53:29
Stopped at Rudy's at Leon Springs. Not good. Brisket was moist but tough. Ribs were fair.
mrb @ , 2014-08-27 02:47:40
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Review

Shortys BBQ 5

November 26, 2013

A reader forwarded me this note comparing Shorty’s BBQ to Pecan Lodge in Dallas. “At Shorty’s, you don’t have to wait and they don’t run out of food, AND the beef is just as good.” I’d seen the prominent signs for Shorty’s on Highway 80 east of Dallas*, but this was the note that got me to stop. I know from enough years of disappointments to go into these situations with tempered expectations, but a solid amount of hope always comes along for the ride as well. The smoky smell in the parking lot helped coax that hope along further.

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This is more than just an afterthought truck stop restaurant. A furnished patio is just outside the front door, while a few tables and chairs fill the dining room inside. Orders are given at the counter where the meats and sides are displayed in steam table pans. It’s not all pretty, but you know what you’re going to get. Take the ribs for example. They were mushy and thoroughly overcooked, but I could tell that by looking into the mass of meat and bone and meat in the pan. I had to order them, but you don’t, unless you like overcooked ribs. The pork itself wasn’t bad. It was covered in barbecue sauce, which usually bugs me, but this was a really good sauce. Both sweet and tangy, the sauce was thin enough to coat the ribs, but thick enough to stick to the meat too. It left me ambivalent about the ribs which would have been better served boneless and chopped to be eaten with a fork, or better yet – on a sandwich.

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The sandwiches could use some improvement too. Chopped beef can be a safe refuge menu item at a joint where you suspect the barbecue might be suspect, but it’s just okay at Shorty’s. The chopped beef doesn’t include much black crust into the mix, and the meat is placed onto a cold, white bun. There isn’t much soul to it. This is a surprise when you see how much attention is paid to the sides. Beans, slaw and potato salad come with all of the barbecue plates. The potato salad was thick with plenty of tang from the mustard and an unexpected addition of dill. The slaw was lightly dressed and crispy. Pintos beans had been thickened with some mashed beans and were heavily seasoned with a good kick and plenty of meaty flavor. These sides show that somebody really knows how to cook back in the kitchen.

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Going back to the meat, the pork was pulled into strings. Again, the sauce worked great with the meat, but the well cooked pork tasted more like  roast than barbecue. Then there was the brisket. Our friendly tipster either ate at Pecan Lodge on a bad day, or Shorty’s on their best day. I found the brisket to be just passable. The flavors were muted and the the slices just fell apart. It was respectable, but it alone wasn’t anything that would make me return. If they take me up on that boneless rib sandwich idea (watch out McDonald’s), I’ll be back in a heartbeat. I’ll get some beans too.

* If you’re eastbound on Highway 80, go just past the East Fork Rd. Exit and use the next one labeled Frontage Rd. The big yellow B-B-Q sign will be right in front of you.

Comments

  • Brad Bradley

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  • Jacob Taylor

    Tried it for lunch today. hot links and beans were both tossed in the microwave. Asked for some fatty brisket, but only thing available was some very dry, falling apart meat off the flat that looked like it had seen better days. sides were good, though. beans had great texture and flavor, as did the potato salad. i liked seeing a cole slaw that wasn’t overly dressed.