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Jethro's BBQ

€€ - €€€American, , Barbecue
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (59 reviews)
“waffle fries” (27 reviews)
“ribs” (104 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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1 - 10 of 552 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here during our western 3 week trip of 14 different states. Best BBQ of our trip. Recommend bacon wrapped ribs, and both appetizers and dinner samplers. Wish we had room to try their chocolate covered bacon.

Thank robbI658AT
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Best in the DSM metro ! Multiple locations, good ambiance and service is always great .Enjoy and have one of their specialty drinks in a 32 oz mason jar !

Thank DrC84
Reviewed 9 October 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to us and it didn't disappoint. The bbq was great and portions are huge. The sides are amazing and service was excellent.

Thank Mark D
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Hands down. Others are good. This is great. I usually get a slab of back ribs with sweet potato fries and applesauce.... And take home way more than I can possibly eat at one sitting. Delicious. Don't forget to ask for Ghost Sauce if you...More

Thank LittlePaint
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

The better homes and gardens melt is to die for. Waffle fries and homemade ranch to top the food coma that will ensue. Worth.it!

Thank Btiernan24
Reviewed 20 September 2017

I went twice with my husband. Their service was very good, we ate a sandwich and an appetizer. They have plenty of options of beers to choose. A good place to watch a game or enjoy time with friends

Thank maite b
Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

It's about expectations if you have reasonable expectations this is a sports bar basically with pretty good BBQ nice pulled pork mostly nice staff a good amount of different beers and regular beers I enjoyed their breakfast and enjoy their bacon... I like dry rub...More

Thank Cliff K
Reviewed 10 September 2017

I hate bbq!!! But I loved this place. We were there with our daughter so we got the family platter. $26 fed 3 adults. The food was great! It comes without the bbq sauce on it. There are 6 types of sauce at each table....More

Thank Deborah S
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

We have eaten here many times, also picked up and taken home to enjoy. Food is always awesome! Love that barbecue!

Thank Marilyn G
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Only negative thing was our waitress. She got incredibly defensive when we asked her if the corn was Iowa corn. We all had different meals and each one was delicious! The pork belly was to die for. And the cheese squares were amazing. Great experience!

Thank peachyair422
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Deb Ungerer N
6 April 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Maybe calling Jethro's would be better than publishing your phone number to strangers. But that's just me
Brandon O
28 September 2016|
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Response from Jordan B | Reviewed this property |
Interesting... That was my only complaint. They were still fine. They were just dry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
09:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-3300
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