Best Barbecue Restaurants in Des Moines, IA

Handpicked Top 3 Barbecue Restaurants in Des Moines, IA. Our 50-Point Inspection includes everything from checking reputation, history, complaints, local reviews, satisfaction, trust and cost to the general excellence. You deserve only the best!


3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311

Since 2008

Slow Smoked Wings, Boneless Wings, Smoked Chicken Nachos, Onion Rings, Pork Belly Sliders, Bayou Pickle Chips, Fried Cheese Squares, Chicken Tenders, Quesadillas, Sides, Angry Burger, Mushroom Gouda, Triple Billy Bacon Burger, Slow Smoked Sliced Brisket, Chopped Brisket, Sweet Burnt Ends, Baby Back Ribs, Sliced Pit Ham, Juicy Pulled Pork & House Smoked Meats

World's Famous Combo : Three baby back ribs, 5 slow smoked wings, smoky sweet burnt ends and Jethro's boneless wings $24.95 - Serves 2 locations within Des Moines

Price: $5 - $29.95


Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm Sun 9:30 am - 9:00 pm

Being from Texas, I know BBQ. And Jethro delivers. Slowed smoked meats, huge onion rings and great greens make this my new home for grilled food, not found on my own pit! The local beer, plenty of locals and a seat reserved for me guarantee I'll be back.
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5055 NW 2nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Since 2009

BBQ Nachos, Spud Sticks Basket, Tater Chips, Chicken Fingers, Wing Basket, Fried Pickle Chips, BBQ Sliders, Smoked Wings, BBQ Egg Rolls, Corn Dog Bites, Smoked Sausage, Sliced Beef Brisket, Burnt Ends, Chopped Pork Sandwiches, Pit Ham, Chicken Salad, Soups, Salads, Side Salads, Garden Salad, Kids Menu, Pulled Chicken & Sliced Turkey

Winner of over 75 State BBQ Championships and over 800 local, regional and National BBQ Awards - Serves 3 locations within Des Moines

Price: $5 - $67.49



Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm Sun 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

Finally tried smoky DS! I was impressed with their mac n cheese. It was super creamy and just awesome. I got a half order of pork nachos.. holy cow they're huge! Greg got the hot turkey special. It's like some serious comfort food, Thanksgiving-on-a-plate type of meal. Everything was delis! Next time I'm trying a tenderloin. Food was great, staff was awesome, and we got our food pretty fast. We will be back.
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4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310

Since 2003

Starters, Salads, Smoked Goods, Sandwiches, Side Dishes, Kids Meal, Desserts, Beverages, Grilled Chicken Salad, Smoked Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Cajun Shrimps, Garlic Chicken, Rips Plate, Black Beans, Seared Yellow Fin Tuna, Grilled Trigger Fish, Pork Tenderloin, Macaroni and Cheese, Cheeseburger, Cheese Quesadilla & Classic Spare Ribs Plate

Specializes in award winning BBQ & Bold flavors of the Caribbean - Catering available - Try chicken dinner for $16 only

Price: $6 - $44



Mon - Sun Closed Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Found this sweet BBQ. I dined on the brisket with sautéed veggies. Everything was cooked perfect. To top it all off... the service is top notch. Delightful young ladies provide a pleasant dining experience. The genuine kindness they project makes you feel like your eating at moms house. This place must be a priority pit stop fir anyone visiting Des Moines!
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