Ok, so I have found that my pre-judgement of this chain by other's reviews on here was pretty accurate. Shorty's has all of their main staff at this location making sure everything goes smoothly. Greeters at the door, plenty of staff on hand, and others checking on you to make sure everything is fine.
Brunswick stew was good. It had all of the components that I prefer with pork, beef, corn, lima beans and without a pureed texture. They definitely had way too much corn in it for my liking, but I can let that slide. This is the best b-wick stew I have had here, but that isn't saying much. The b-wick stew had me on the upswing expecting great BBQ.
Instead of more good things to come, I found the "hand pulled" pork BBQ jumbo sandwich option to be a huge let down. It wasn't hand pulled at all and they must have mixed mine up with the standard chopped. One taste of the pork without sauce and I knew instantly it was completely smokeless. You'd think some of these places would accidentally let some smoke surround the meat in the process, but not so. Also, the meat was not only very dry, but extremely small for the amount needed to be considered jumbo. It didn't even begin to fill the large kaiser roll it was on if you laid the pork out flat. I felt that I got shorted big time by Shorty's. Maybe two mistakes were made in that I didn't get hand pulled and it barely was the amount for a kids sandwich and not a jumbo.
Their only sauce was extremely bland. Imagine the dark Bulls Eye or KC Masterpiece that has been watered down so much it is without much flavor. It did absolutely nothing for the smokless, dry, minimal amount of pork. Cole slaw and fries were good though, as they should be.
So, the b-wick stew was good but needed Tabasco, salt, and pepper to kick it up a bit. Pork Q was smokeless, dry, and way short on the amount. I didn't even finish it. The only hint of smoke was in the bland sauce. You could smell smoke outside and inside which fired me up once I got there but came crashing down at the first taste.
The most expensive items is $15.50, but I won't be going back. Honestly, at least Sonny's knows how to somewhat utilize the smoking process and is much better than Shorty's. And I don't eat at Sonny's.