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Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
15153310057
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10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
The Triple Pig & Sweetwater Death

Coworker an I went to lunch here, a favorite spot for us, because of the quick BBQ and the large menu. This trip I tackled the Triple Pig topped with Sweetwater Death Sauce (Only one small cup). Loved the Bacon and pork, however the Italian sausage seemed to takeover the flavor profile. Of course... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 4, 2015
RetiredArmyRANGER
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San Antonio, Texas
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Des Moines
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Had lunch here with the husband and brother. Brother had the tenderloin and baked beans. Baked beans had a great taste to them. Tenderloin had a wonderful coating to it. Husband had the brisket sandwich. Oh my gosh, that was such tender brisket. He had a side of fries which we split between the three of us there were so... More 

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Thank SillyG2003
Johnston, Iowa
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a hot spot for lunch. The BBQ is local, not a chain, and they make the sandwiches to order. Great sauces for all heat level...

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Thank Don C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

We love coming to this restaurant. It is simple and does not have the expansive menu that some of the other bbq places have BUT they know what they do well and they make some amazing smoked meats. I love their pork tenderloin. They do a great vinegar cole slaw and have a huge array of spicy sauces if you... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 165 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Coworker an I went to lunch here, a favorite spot for us, because of the quick BBQ and the large menu. This trip I tackled the Triple Pig topped with Sweetwater Death Sauce (Only one small cup). Loved the Bacon and pork, however the Italian sausage seemed to takeover the flavor profile. Of course, when I made to the special... More 

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1 Thank RetiredArmyRANGER
San Antonio, Texas
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129 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015 via mobile

The food was alright. Not very wide selection in menu. The cornbread muffin was excellent. Reasonably priced food. Have had better BBQ.

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Thank Kevin N
Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

Great food, great beer prices. You won't be disappointed. If you like BBQ, this is a great place for you.

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Thank SLSteveson
Johnston, Iowa
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

BBQ pork sandwich is good - and atmosphere is good - but felt it was overpriced! The fries are greasy and the corn muffin is cold and not made well.

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Thank FrancineJohansonButl
Des Moines
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Have ordered and ate here several times and have always been impressed. The food comes out fairly quick and is always hot and fresh. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

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Thank Angela D
Johnston, Iowa
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015 via mobile

Have been going here for years. Food is excellent they have a variety of items and the smoked meats are all delicious. They also have a small but nice selection of local brews on tap.

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Thank TheBandit78
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Excellent food and awesome service. The jerky is delicious. Lots of sauce to choose from, some of the best brisket in town.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5955 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2813
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: 15153310057

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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