In the South, we love our barbecue. Having lived near Memphis, TN my whole life, I remember the surprise in finding Texans love their brisket and vowed I’d never turn my back on barbecue done the “right way,” lumps of pork smothered in bitter-sweet sauce. And while I still favor my palette that originated on the banks of the muddy waters, I have made room for the Texas take on my childhood favorites.
Shoepf’s Bar-B-Que in Belton offers a wide range of smoked, dry rubbed barbecue awesomeness. You walk in to a giant menu of meals and plates. Ribs are ordered by the pound, and sides include everything from cheesy mashed potatoes to cole slaw. I’ve been a couple of times, and I have to say, I have pretty much enjoyed everything and have always left full.
On my first visit, I went with my old favorite, the pulled pork sandwich with a side of potato salad. I definitely ordered a large side when I should have gone with a single scoop. Also, I’ll admit the potato salad wasn’t my favorite. It needed something… probably more mayo as it just wasn’t as creamy as I prefer. I liked the cheesy mashed potatoes much better.
On my second visit, I ventured out a little and had the jalapeno cheese sausage. (This is a big deal for me as I loath hotdogs or anything that tastes like them.) They were delicious! And as this was a plate, I went with cheesy mashed potatoes and jalapeno cornbread (much better choices than the potato salad).
The boyfriend has had a vaquero sandwich and ribs. There were no complaints whatsoever from his mouth about his choices. We end up spending between 24-34 dollars for the two of us.
The atmosphere is nice. It’s not pretentious and is great for a week night, or casual get together with friends. They have a large, outdoor space behind the restaurant where they host concerts. If you like Texas country, this would be a great date night spot. You can grab a sandwich, a cold one and picnic table for a nice night out.