This Week At ShortE’s BBQ

4 days ago

ShortE's BBQ

First of all, we would like to thank all of our loyal customers for their continued support during these unprecedented times. As a locally owned small business, we have been severely impacted by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The start of 2021 has proven to be especially difficult. During the last week, Covid-19 has struck home and has forced us to close the restaurant. Like last week, out of an abundance of caution, ShortE’s will remained closed to the public this weekend. Our priority is the safety of our staff, customers, and families.

We are looking forward to resuming normal restaurant operations very soon. Please check our social media sites for changes to our hours of operation, updates on the reopening of the dining room and bar, and our newly updated menu. Since the start of the pandemic, we have made substantial changes to the physical layout of the restaurant, adding partitions between all tables, adding glass partitions to existing walls, eliminating tables to ensure social distancing, and continuing with curbside pick up to limit physical contact as much as possible. We will continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of the virus and keep everyone safe.

Again, thank you all for your continued patience during this difficult time. We’ll be back, serving up the best traditional southern BBQ in Des Moines metro very soon! Stay safe and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the restaurant soon.

Chris, Bryan, and the ShortE’s Family
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1 week ago

ShortE's BBQ

It is our top priority to provide quality food, service, and to ensure the health and safety of our guests, staff, and community.

With the utmost concern for the health, wellness, and safety of our guest, we have decided not to reopen this weekend like initially planned. A member of the ShortE’s team has been exposed to Covid-19 through one of their family members. While we are awaiting the test results, we don’t feel comfortable opening our doors and possibly aiding in the community spread of the virus.

Thank you for your understanding and continued support. Be safe and healthy and we'll see you again soon. Please stay tuned to our Facebook page for further updates.
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Happy Customers

Love this place. They have so many unique options for a bbq restaurant. Lots of different sandwiches, tacos, wraps, salads...My go to place for BBQ in Des Moines.read more
Stephanie Nauman
Stephanie Nauman
03:52 20 Oct 20
Hi, On your facebook page it states that you open @ 11 on Fridays but your google account states 4 p.m fro Fridays? it is very confusing and I had to call to check for hours! With that being said i now know that you are closed until 4 today and I would like to request you guys open back up for lunch because all I want is a buffalo Chicken quesadillahhhhhh!!!!! I promise to purchase lunch every Friyay--- as well as i know other people missing the tasty food 🙂 Thank You Favorite Customerread more
Timmery Diller
Timmery Diller
16:39 11 Sep 20
Tried for the first time tonight, food was top notch. So much better than other BBQ restaurants in town. Brisket was moist, tender, and on the leaner side...and thicker slices than some other restaurants serve. Colossal sandwiches and no joke and live up to their name. Impressed by their covid response for take out service. I will certainly be back. Update: 2nd visit and was just as impressed, stellar service over the phone and delivery right to the car! Other restaurants should be following ShortE’s lead...they are doing it right! Burnt ends were excellent as was a salad. I already have plans for my next take out order!read more
Kevin Harris
Kevin Harris
23:44 17 Aug 20
If you are tired of settling for the mediocre BBQ, (ie: jethros, Smokey D's, Woody's and so on) then I strongly recommend ShortE's BBQ in Johnston. Ever since my first experience with ShortE's Ive been hooked. I love BBQ and was always disappointed with what was offered in the Des Moines area. I've been a solid patron for over a year now and I've never had anything that did not satisfy. All I can say is if you are in the mood for BBQ, dont mess around... Go to ShortE's!read more
Carrie Scott
Carrie Scott
22:31 18 Jul 20
Fantastic food, very welcoming employees, always great mood. They charge convenient pricing and the food quality is good. Fantastic work.read more
Abbe Prentice
Abbe Prentice
14:14 30 Jun 20
Excellent quality meat. Large portions. Nice outdoor seating. Fast service.
Kati Anderson
Kati Anderson
20:37 18 Nov 18
Enjoyed this place. Good ribs and sausage. Would recommend cooking burnt ends a little longer to break down that fat, but not so long that they dry out. Nachos are great!read more
Jack Carraher
Jack Carraher
16:49 17 Nov 18
This our new Friday lunch spot and after the first trip there it will be your next place that you always want to go. Food it hot, fresh and delicious. Order at the counter and even on busy days wait time for your food averages less than 3 minutes. most times it is ready by the time you get ready to pay. I honestly don't think i have one complaint after going here dozens of times in the last 2 months, maybe only that i wish i could eat more!read more
Matt Lenaghan
Matt Lenaghan
15:05 08 Nov 18
So delicious! I loved their ribs and their sides are phenomenal. Definitely go there for some good BBQ.
Kari Shadley
Kari Shadley
01:47 04 Oct 18
Delicious! Didn't know about this place that long ago, but now I do and we keep going back weekly. Their ribs are really good and so are their sides. Reasonable prices and the staff is friendly and professional. Would def recommend.read more
Rich Thorpe
Rich Thorpe
16:36 13 Sep 18
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Happy Customers

Love this place. They have so many unique options for a bbq restaurant. Lots of different sandwiches, tacos, wraps, salads...My go to place for BBQ in Des Moines.read more
Stephanie Nauman
Stephanie Nauman
03:52 20 Oct 20
Hi, On your facebook page it states that you open @ 11 on Fridays but your google account states 4 p.m fro Fridays? it is very confusing and I had to call to check for hours! With that being said i now know that you are closed until 4 today and I would like to request you guys open back up for lunch because all I want is a buffalo Chicken quesadillahhhhhh!!!!! I promise to purchase lunch every Friyay--- as well as i know other people missing the tasty food 🙂 Thank You Favorite Customerread more
Timmery Diller
Timmery Diller
16:39 11 Sep 20
Tried for the first time tonight, food was top notch. So much better than other BBQ restaurants in town. Brisket was moist, tender, and on the leaner side...and thicker slices than some other restaurants serve. Colossal sandwiches and no joke and live up to their name. Impressed by their covid response for take out service. I will certainly be back. Update: 2nd visit and was just as impressed, stellar service over the phone and delivery right to the car! Other restaurants should be following ShortE’s lead...they are doing it right! Burnt ends were excellent as was a salad. I already have plans for my next take out order!read more
Kevin Harris
Kevin Harris
23:44 17 Aug 20
If you are tired of settling for the mediocre BBQ, (ie: jethros, Smokey D's, Woody's and so on) then I strongly recommend ShortE's BBQ in Johnston. Ever since my first experience with ShortE's Ive been hooked. I love BBQ and was always disappointed with what was offered in the Des Moines area. I've been a solid patron for over a year now and I've never had anything that did not satisfy. All I can say is if you are in the mood for BBQ, dont mess around... Go to ShortE's!read more
Carrie Scott
Carrie Scott
22:31 18 Jul 20
Fantastic food, very welcoming employees, always great mood. They charge convenient pricing and the food quality is good. Fantastic work.read more
Abbe Prentice
Abbe Prentice
14:14 30 Jun 20
Excellent quality meat. Large portions. Nice outdoor seating. Fast service.
Kati Anderson
Kati Anderson
20:37 18 Nov 18
Enjoyed this place. Good ribs and sausage. Would recommend cooking burnt ends a little longer to break down that fat, but not so long that they dry out. Nachos are great!read more
Jack Carraher
Jack Carraher
16:49 17 Nov 18
This our new Friday lunch spot and after the first trip there it will be your next place that you always want to go. Food it hot, fresh and delicious. Order at the counter and even on busy days wait time for your food averages less than 3 minutes. most times it is ready by the time you get ready to pay. I honestly don't think i have one complaint after going here dozens of times in the last 2 months, maybe only that i wish i could eat more!read more
Matt Lenaghan
Matt Lenaghan
15:05 08 Nov 18
So delicious! I loved their ribs and their sides are phenomenal. Definitely go there for some good BBQ.
Kari Shadley
Kari Shadley
01:47 04 Oct 18
Delicious! Didn't know about this place that long ago, but now I do and we keep going back weekly. Their ribs are really good and so are their sides. Reasonable prices and the staff is friendly and professional. Would def recommend.read more
Rich Thorpe
Rich Thorpe
16:36 13 Sep 18
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