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Smokey D's BBQ

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5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
+1 515-243-2747
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“burnt ends” (105 reviews)
“ribs” (146 reviews)
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American, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Every time I come here I always get the tenderloin. It is one of the best around, the lunch size is huge and the original is about the size of a plate. I recommend the mac and cheese as a side dish, you won't regret...More

Thank Jason H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

If you are coming through Iowa on I80, you must try Smokey D's. It's the best BBQ and proves it by the many awards displayed throughout the restaurant. You'll want to come early to avoid the crowds, but even if you can't, come anyway, because...More

Thank Julie T
Reviewed 6 days ago

The food here is always good and good sized portions. We have tried most everything on the menu and have never had a bad meal.

Thank harlowtru
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Outstanding BBQ that is the best in town, maybe anywhere. Can't go wrong for ribs, pulled pork, smoked turkey, etc. Great sides, especially the mac&cheese and potato casserole.

Thank Robert D
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

I've visited multiple Smokey D's locations and they're all great. There's no where in Des Moines that you can get better BBQ at a better price. The ribs...great. Pulled pork...great. If you're thinking about going to, say, Jethro's...don't, Smokey D's is better ten times out...More

Thank Cornelius Q
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best BBQ ever. Any place that has this many awards - you know it's going to be great. I definitely recommend stopping here along your travels. You will leave full!!! Yummmmmmmmy

Thank Kerri S
Reviewed 6 days ago

We went expecting your typical BBQ (with a spicy sauce), which we are not really fond of, but was pleasantly surprised that it offered a variety of meats. The brisket and the smoked turkey and chicken were excellent The portion was good and plenty and...More

Thank Shirley G
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We love Smokey D's always good food and fast service. We like to go on specific days to get their specials. Burnt ends are a must try!

Thank Karen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Coming from Kansas City, I was super surprised by how good this BBQ is! I think we tried just about everything, and it was all great! Sampler platter, ribs, sausage, beans, and even a super sized pork tenderloin sandwich. (which served 3 people) (and yes,...More

Thank Kramer524
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ordered the rib platter with two sides and everything was mediocre at best. I am accustomed to good ribs being fall-off-the-bone tender. These were tough and chewy and had a peculiar smell. Sides were not very good at all mac and cheese and baked beans...More

Thank kbraswell1
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Denise W
Do they have a bar?
February 18, 2017|
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Response from RandyDeb01 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. They had a really cool frozen strip to keep your drink on too!!But last time I was there it wasn't working. Reasonable prices too
How do i go about applying for 2 - $50.00 gift cards? Judy Vogel
January 3, 2017|
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Response from IslandTan | Reviewed this property |
Call or stop in. They are very friendly and easy to work with.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5055 NW 2nd St, Des Moines, IA 50313-1701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2747
  • E-mail
"Opened by award winning pitmasters, this restaurant just off I-80 on Des Moines' north side is a BBQ lovers dream and would be a real gem for travelers".

New Smokey D's location. There are two others.