This Week At ShortE’s BBQ

Happy Customers

I am a BBQ junky and this is the best BBQ in the Midwest, maybe even nation wide. BBQ taste different when there is passion behind it. We had them cater our wedding too and it was a fantastic experience. All of our guests were more concerned on where they could get more food than beer, that's how good it is.read more
Connor Scholl
Connor Scholl
23:32 16 Aug 21
Brisket & pulled pork was amazing! I really enjoyed the spicy bbq sauce and the cheese corn was an awesome side.
Ben Le
Ben Le
21:00 30 Jul 21
I've lived in the Johnston - Des Moines my whole life. I've had BBQ from many places in the area and this is the best I ever had. I've been going to ShortE's for a while now and for whatever reason after the pandemic they have only gotten better. It's always been good but now it's a must try if you're in the area.read more
Ted Buckley
Ted Buckley
04:40 24 Jul 21
Friendly staff and good food. The waitstaff was attentitve and friendly. Food came out immediately AND was hot. The pork sandwich was juicy and paired well with the selection of BBQ sauces. The sausage was well seasoned with a faint beer flavor- surprising, but welcome. The brisket was well marbled and well cooked, not dry or chewy. The broccoli/bacon salad was Bomb. The Mac and cheese was ok- needed a little something: brisket chunks, bacon, etc. but it wasn't bad. Will drive across town again to get this.read more
Josh Leutscher
Josh Leutscher
13:50 06 Jun 21
Randomly picked this for dinner. We live about an hour away. Amazing good! They will be on the favorite list for BBQ. Keep up the great work. PS try the burnt ends.read more
Cody Brink
Cody Brink
00:21 06 Jun 21
This place has great barbecue. Good portions. Great service.
Dustin Shingledecker
Dustin Shingledecker
18:26 22 May 21
Awesome. First time. We are from cedar rapids and wanted to try it while in town.
Ron Mulnix
Ron Mulnix
23:25 06 Mar 21
Great food, great service, the best tasting bloody Mary I have ever had. Will return again
Kevin Clemen
Kevin Clemen
02:42 06 Feb 21
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

I am a BBQ junky and this is the best BBQ in the Midwest, maybe even nation wide. BBQ taste different when there is passion behind it. We had them cater our wedding too and it was a fantastic experience. All of our guests were more concerned on where they could get more food than beer, that's how good it is.read more
Connor Scholl
Connor Scholl
23:32 16 Aug 21
Brisket & pulled pork was amazing! I really enjoyed the spicy bbq sauce and the cheese corn was an awesome side.
Ben Le
Ben Le
21:00 30 Jul 21
I've lived in the Johnston - Des Moines my whole life. I've had BBQ from many places in the area and this is the best I ever had. I've been going to ShortE's for a while now and for whatever reason after the pandemic they have only gotten better. It's always been good but now it's a must try if you're in the area.read more
Ted Buckley
Ted Buckley
04:40 24 Jul 21
Friendly staff and good food. The waitstaff was attentitve and friendly. Food came out immediately AND was hot. The pork sandwich was juicy and paired well with the selection of BBQ sauces. The sausage was well seasoned with a faint beer flavor- surprising, but welcome. The brisket was well marbled and well cooked, not dry or chewy. The broccoli/bacon salad was Bomb. The Mac and cheese was ok- needed a little something: brisket chunks, bacon, etc. but it wasn't bad. Will drive across town again to get this.read more
Josh Leutscher
Josh Leutscher
13:50 06 Jun 21
Randomly picked this for dinner. We live about an hour away. Amazing good! They will be on the favorite list for BBQ. Keep up the great work. PS try the burnt ends.read more
Cody Brink
Cody Brink
00:21 06 Jun 21
This place has great barbecue. Good portions. Great service.
Dustin Shingledecker
Dustin Shingledecker
18:26 22 May 21
Awesome. First time. We are from cedar rapids and wanted to try it while in town.
Ron Mulnix
Ron Mulnix
23:25 06 Mar 21
Great food, great service, the best tasting bloody Mary I have ever had. Will return again
Kevin Clemen
Kevin Clemen
02:42 06 Feb 21
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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