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Reviewed July 15, 2022

Staff was very nice, asked suggestions since it was our first time. Suggestion was the Jack's Sampler, which you can choose different smoked meats with 2 sides, but my husband and I decided on the Pulled Pork and the Fatty Beef Brisket and split (His...sides Fries and Mac-N-Cheese. My sides Fries and Baked Beans). The pulled pork was good, but it kept falling off the bun. The brisket was flavorful, but a little tough. We tried each of the sauces....Chicago Fire, started off sweet and then the spice hits. Original BBQ--sweet, but spicy. Cowboy, smokey and sweet, this one was one of my favorites for the sandwiches. Carolina Mustard, not normally a fan, but this was excellent. I liked it with the sandwiches and with the fries. I reminded me of McDonald's Hot Mustard sauce from the 80's, which as a child I loved with chicken and fries, so I bought a bottle, as you can purchase each of their sauces. If I am in the area again, I would definitely go back.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, responded to this reviewResponded July 20, 2022

Elizabeth Thanks for stopping in and the great review!

Reviewed March 4, 2022 via mobile

We had the combo meal, everything was excellent. Great to find a great place to eat when yourvfrom out of town. Would recommend to stop in and have a bite.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2022

Lana, Thanks for stopping in and the Great Review!

Reviewed February 21, 2022

I had been wanting to come here for years. It smells outstanding when you walk in, and their sauce compliment was great. I really liked the ribs and the pulled pork. My dad loved the brisket. I wasn't quite as impressed, but I think I...had let it sit too long. I'd gladly go back.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2022

Thanks for stopping in! Happy to hear you enjoyed the ribs, pulled pork, and brisket!

Reviewed November 30, 2021

We’re friends; a couple of couples who live in SE Indiana and central Nebraska. “Met in the middle” at Iowa City for lunch. 🤪 We found Jimmy Jack’s through TripAdvisor because we wanted something other than a chain-restaurant. Locally, it was highly rated. Wow! Good...call! Thanks for the GREAT, delicious food and allowing us to linger after our meal, to visit. If we’re ever crazy enough to do this again, we’ll be back!!!More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Jack P, Owner at Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack Iowa City, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2022

Wow, this is so cool! So happy to hear you chose Jimmy Jack's as you place to meet! And happier to hear you all enjoyed!

Reviewed November 23, 2021 via mobile

My wife & I had visited and enjoyed (twice for lunch) the former North Liberty shop. So on a recent return to East Central Iowa, we sought out the Jimmy Jack's Iowa City location for a supper stop. This time we took along a friend...from the region who had never tried their barbecue, and we were all very pleased with our experience. The young man at the order counter was very friendly, and enthusiastically helped us choose our meal items. The pulled pork sandwich, the seasonal special turkey/dressing/cranberry sandwich, and my spicy Smoked Italian Sausage sandwich were all prepared to perfection & delicious. We had a variety of sides that were each very satisfying, and the volumes of food were generous enough for some leftovers-to-go. None of us will hesitate to return to Jimmy Jack's when we're in the area, and we would recommend a visit for anyone looking for excellent BBQ.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 20, 2021 via mobile

Very good barbecue and sides! We are big lovers of BBQ, and this holds up against a lot of what we’ve had across the country! Good portions, great price, and the sides and sauces are so good!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 7, 2021

Wanted to do ribs for a birthday celebration - researched several places in Davenport and Iowa City. Found Jimmy Jacks and tried it! WOW!!! Great ribs, wonderful brisket - sides were to die for (except the fried) and it met all our standards. Will go...back and order out next time we go to Iowa City. Great birthday meal!!!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed December 1, 2020

Every time I buy lunch for my guys, they ask for Jimmy Jack's. Excellent food at fair prices. I enjoy the ribs, while my guys prefer the sandwiches. The sides are also incredible!

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 29, 2020

I use to tell people this was the best place to eat in Iowa City. But yesterday at 4 PM I got really bad ribs. They were like left over ribs from the day before reheated (making a thick crust) at the sale. Did they...change cooks? I went there specifically at 4PM so I would get the fresh ribs --but since they open at 4PM maybe what I got was day old ribs. Very Disappointed. I am off to Pop's from now on.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed October 14, 2020

Visiting the area for a couple of days and so glad we chose this place for one of our meals! Between the 3 of us traveling together, we tried the brisket (my fav!), wings, ribs & combo sandwich with all the meats. Everything was fresh...and tasty, fries were yummy too! Will definitely return if we're ever in the area again!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed August 28, 2020 via mobile

We ate at Jimmy Jacks while on a weekend vacation stop. Reading TA reviews peaked our interest in this BBQ joint and we were not disappointed! We ordered the Jumbo size Pulled pork sandwich with two sides. One side was baked beans and the other...was coleslaw. Everything was very good. The pulled pork was tender and had a nice smoky flavor and the sides both were tasty, although the coleslaw could have a bit more zing to it. (Could have used some onion.) But all in all the food was served hot and well seasoned.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed July 16, 2020

I was in town visiting family and wanted to visit a restaurant no one had been to, so we ended up at Jimmy Jack's. They were open for inside seating and had several tables closed off to increase distance. We place our order (Sampler and...Fatty Beef Brisket Sandwich) were given our cups drinks then took a seat. We only had to wait about 10 minutes for our food to arrive and it was some of the best Bar-B-Q I have had in some time. The meat comes out naked and they will give you the different type of sauce for dipping or covering. My son ate his sandwich so quick I thought I was going to have to get him another. But he settled on sharing some of the food I ordered since there was so much of it. Ill be adding this to my "need to return to" places for the next time Im in the area. Ill finish by adding the staff was helpful, provided quick service and practiced social distancing and safety precautions.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 11, 2020 via mobile

Barn themed resturant with tender pulled pork and delicous fries. Pleasant patio with umbrellas. Take out and dine in.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed May 14, 2020

Delicious food but price menu on Tripadvisor needs to be updated. Dinner cost is $11.50 rather than $9.50

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed March 23, 2020 via mobile

I enjoyed (loved!) the mouth watering, tender pork ribs with several sauces (my favorites were the Carolina Mustard, Cowboy, and Original). What I really appreciated is that most of their menu items are gluten-free, and the staff was knowledgeable so I could order with confidence...that my food choices and the sauces were gluten-free. We were just in town for the day, but my bucket list now includes return trips to Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack so I can try their smoked chicken, wings, and of course, the pork ribs.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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