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Shaffer Farms Texas Bar-B-Q

4 Vaughn Staggs Road, Summertown, TN - (931) 964-6328
Posted By bob porter on February 10, 2011 10:52 PM
I have been traveling through Summertown for the last two months, usually early in the morning or late at night. I had seen Shaffer Farms Texas Bar-B-Q but my travel times didn't sync up with meals. Well, I finally got there last week and it was great.

First and foremost, the brisket was "right on time." I lived in Austin for two years so I have been to many famous Texas barbeque haunts including: Kreuz BBQ in Lockhart, Blacks BBQ, The Salt Lick, Louie Mueller's in Taylor, The Iron Works in Austin, and Cooper's Old-Fashioned Barbeque in Llano, TX.

Shaffer Farms is probably the best brisket that you are going to find in TN. Corky's brisket is good but Shaffer's is better. I would rate this right on the line between worth a detour and worth a trip. If you live in Nashville, take a Saturday lunch opportunity to visit. The guy who owns it is friendly and could pass for Willie Nelson's brother.
3 star rating
Overall Rating
Smoked Brisket

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Posted By Dave Reasons on January 4, 2011 7:30 AM
When you walk into the front entrance of Shaffer Farm Store, you are greeted by a long case of the some of the best-looking cuts of meats you’ll see anywhere. This ain’t your rinky-dink meat counter at the Walmart. The sight of all these great cuts of meats gets your tastebuds ready for some great barbecue.

After you go through the swinging doors take a right, go up to the counter, and place your order. On the day we visited, one of our party had the brisket and homemade sausage, another had the rib plate, and I had the three-meat combo (ribs, brisket, and BBQ pork). There are many sides from which to choose but we had ranch potato salad, barbecue beans, and coleslaw.

All the meats are tender and smoked well. The only complaint we have is that they are a little stingy on the sauce. If you want more it is a 25-cent charge for about an ounce-and-a-half portion. The sizes of the meat portions are very generous and the side items are served in six-ounce Styrofoam cups. None of us went away hungry. All of the meals are served in cardboard trays and Styrofoam containers, so presentation is what you would expect in most good “Mom and Pop” barbecue restaurants. Soft drinks are available in bottles; sweet and unsweet tea could also be ordered.

Since the meal portions are so large we didn’t do desserts this trip. They have some great looking homemade cakes and pies available. Next time we’ll give them a try.

UPDATE 01.03.11 - Revisited Shaffer's; still great food. They now have sauce setting on tables so there is no upcharge now for sauce. Also, they have started opening on Mondays.
5 star rating
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Smoked Brisket
St. Louis Cut Ribs
Bar-B-Q Pork
Ranch Potato Salad

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