No reservations needed, but you may call in your order for faster pick up service.



Hours of Operation: 


Don't miss our WEEKDAY Lunch Specials starting at just $4.99

11am-2pm Tue-Sat.


Our business hours are:

Tue-Sat: 11am-8pm


You'll also want to check out Mama Shorter's Weekend Southern Cuisine Specials!

When is the last time you had some good

'ole' Oxtails, & Cabbage or Smothered Porkchops, Candied Yams & Homemade Mac 'n cheese ?Served Fridays after 1pm & Saturdays all day, while supplies lasts. Come early, they sell out Fast!  




Shorter's BBQ & Catering

16 E. 9th Street

Tracy, CA 95376


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Welcome to Shorter's BBQ & Catering in Downtown Tracy, CA


 You've come to the right spot! Mama Shorter's Downhome BBQ recipes & Southern comfort food are just a short drive away. Located in Historic Downtown Tracy, CA we are the "Little Treasure" of the San Joaquin Valley.

Shorter's BBQ has been called the hidden gem that stands out amongst the standard chain BBQ restaurants nearby. The Locals know where the good stuff is and it’s here at Shorter's BBQ.  David Shorter and his crews' efficient, yet friendly nature bring locals out daily to talk & eat & perhaps watch a favorite sport team on the dining room TV. 

  Shorter's Authentic Wood Fired Barbeque is slow cooked to perfection! Mama Shorter's Homemade BBQ Rubs & Homemade BBQ sauce, are made daily using  dozens of only the highest quality aromatic herbs & spices, & slow simmered to a glistening burgundy fragrant mix that awakens your senses like never before. Mama has 3 heat varieties availabe by request. Our Regular Bold, Our Hot & Spicy, & Extra Hot (Watch out). If you love it, you can now buy a jar to take home, also makes a great gift!


       Shorter's also offers Full service Catering & Party Trays. We of course offer our  complete BBQ menu, but we also have 2 Professionaly trained Chefs on Staff that can customize an upscale menu for your elegant event, such as weddings, Coroporate event or retirement dinner. See our catering sections for sample menus & photos of past events.

Relax and enjoy

For an affordable Lunch time treat or a dinner out with the family or friends, this is the place to go. Whether you’re looking for BBQ, Fish, or Southern Comfort food, it is all here, all the time. Mama Shorter & her Protégés, her Grandson's Chef DJ Shorter, & Chef in Training Derrick Johnson & Owners David & Donelle Shorter consistently prepare the Best BBQ Ribs, Tri-Tip, Brisket, Pulled Pork , Chicken & Hot Links in the Tri-County Area. You can also delight in the many other delectable dishes such as Deep fried Catfish, Tilapia & Shrimp. You don't want to pass thru without trying the Red Beans & Rice, Signature BBQ Spaghetti, Greens & Desserts.