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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
515-279-3300
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Ranked #7 of 502 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $20
Hours:
Sun 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Barbecue
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Wyoming
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

I can't begin to say how delightful the dining experience was. Tremendous service, mouth watering slow cooked ribs (even bought some and took the home!). Kudos to the management!

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Cabot
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Had the chicken barbecue with slaw and wings for appetizer. Wings were outstanding and a good size. Cole slaw needed a little work, but overall was an excellent dinner with excellent service.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I so happy when we were able to be seated within 10 minutes because it was Saturday evening and I am told a hot spot. I can see why it would be a hot spot, the food is soooooo good! One of my dinner companions had the breaded and fried pork fillet, it was large enough for 3 people. While... More 

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Belleville, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

We stopped at this restaurant when driving through Des Moines a couple of years ago. The food was great so we knew we had to stop on our next trip through. We ordered the dinner for 2 with a full slab of ribs, cole slaw, waffle fries, potato salad and applesauce. The ribs had a great smoky flavor and were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

Jethro's BBQ has delicious food, great service and a true down-home atmosphere. Jethro's mason jar drinks are equally amazing. I'm definitely going back again!

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Wynne
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Everything but the cole slaw I liked very much. Ribs is my main reason for going and they were good and tender.

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Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Definitely not what I expected. Good BBQ with unique flavor. Loved the chicken and brisket. Not a fan of the cream jalepeno corn. Would go back if back in Des Moines.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one of the best-promoted restaurants in the Des Moines area. They now have several locations (I ate at the West Des Moines location), each with a different specialty on top of the BBQ. The BBQ is good, but the atmosphere is noisy sports bar. That's fine if you want to have dinner in a noisy sports bar. If... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A must stop for all bacon lovers. Try the bacon wrapped ribs for an appetizer. Food is hot, fresh and plenty!

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Nevada, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

I consistently return to Jethro's for their wings, which in my opinion are the best in the area bar none. They are huge, meaty wings, and you can select what sauce you want on them. My go to is the "Jethro's Secret" sauce which is tangy and flavorful.

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Additional Information about Jethro's BBQ

Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311
Phone Number: 515-279-3300
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 9:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
Cuisine: Barbecue

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