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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 4
    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
Really good BBQ

Very good BBQ, great hickory smoked wings, and tons of sauce choices, including some REALLY hot ones. Knocked a star off because the sides are not great. But, hey, you go for the BBQ. Brisket is excellent, and so is the smoked turkey. You can't go wrong.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 8, 2015
O686HBmichaels
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Johnston, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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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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Johnston, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Very good BBQ, great hickory smoked wings, and tons of sauce choices, including some REALLY hot ones. Knocked a star off because the sides are not great. But, hey, you go for the BBQ. Brisket is excellent, and so is the smoked turkey. You can't go wrong.

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Polk City, IA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We eat here for lunch about once a week. The BBQ Turkey sandwich is really very good. It is counter service, and very quick. Great quick lunch.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

The fries were very over done. Tenderloins were good but not worth $10 a piece. Mac and cheese wasn't to our liking either. Had alot of garlic possibly in it. All three of us had the tenderloins and agreed.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 via mobile

I love that Cactus Bob's has a menu for everyone. My entire family can eat a great meal in a very fun atmosphere. I go to a Cactus Bob's every time I come to town. It is a MUST on our "to do" list!!!

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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Went to Dinner here tonight and as a repeat customer I wanted to try something different. I ate the smoked turkey gobbler basket. It was a little try so I threw some revenge BBQ on it and it was delicious. This is one of my favs in Johnston as the quality of food and service never falter. Thanks for reading... More 

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Hudson, IA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The ribs, pork shoulder, sausage combo with bbq beans and the Texas Chili was my choice. The Mrs ordered the Chicken and Onion Rings...The BBQ Nachos were pretty good as well. Ribs very tender and they have a large variety of sauces to choose from, some too spicy for me to try...I settled on the Last Man Standing at the... More 

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Johnston, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We have eaten here many times and while there are a number of good BBQ restaurants in the Des Moines area this is one of the best! All of the smoked meats and the sides are delicious. A few of our favorites are the turkey, brisket and pork sandwiches (or meals) and the baked beans and the BBQ kettle chips.... More 

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New Virginia, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Stopped by Cactus Bob's with my family on my way to a Friday night football game. The joint has expanded more room is better. The food was awesome I had the pork ribs and my wife and son the chicken. Nice family atmosphere. Several styles of BBQ sauces there a sauce for what ever your tastes buds desire. Mild to... More 

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Wever, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The pork was tender and the sauces were pretty good. I really liked the baked apple sides. Chili was not very meaty as promised. Husband's chicken was pretty good.

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Additional Information about Cactus Bob's BBQ Corral

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

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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
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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