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Jethro's BBQ

3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
+1 515-279-3300
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good32%
  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (61 reviews)
“waffle fries” (30 reviews)
“ribs” (110 reviews)
Open Now
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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1 - 10 of 577 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Stopped here as it was recommended by a number of locals. The ribs were very good. Our party of nine was served quickly and the wait staff was very nice. We will be back. It was busy even before dinner time.

Thank Orenja
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Came here with our family during a track meet at Drake. It was awesome! Had the pulled pork and brisket and they were both great, Jethro's BBQ sauce was delicious!Finished it off with cornbread, best I've ever had.

Thank bobschultzdbq
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was the worse brisket I have ever eaten. The underlying taste, to me, was gasoline. Brisket was paper thin slices. It was cold when I got my food and there weren't that many people there. I didn't care for their original BBQ sauce. It...More

Thank Paula M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My brother- inlaw recommended this place because he knows I love barbecue. We ordered the shaved Turkey and pulled pork with waffle fries. They have a variety of sauces to choose from. It's not Texas barbecue but it's pretty good.

Thank tenisheat2016
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The dry rub wings are the best and if you are interested in something more substantial go with the ribs! These guys do BBQ as good as anyone! If salad is on your mind the Sally Sue is a great salad with chicken and a...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Stopped in on a Wednesday, they happened to have wings for $4 a pound. We shared the Buffalo chicken ones. They were very good! Crispy and not too saucy. Ordered the brisket melt for dinner. It had great smoke flavor and was very tender. We...More

Thank ndmark
Reviewed 17 May 2018

Stopped for a quick lunch - WRONG! Even though I ordered a brisket platter w/ beans & mac/cheese (slice some meat, scoop some beans and mac!), it took over 20 minutes to get my food. Platter looked great - sliced brisket, pulled brisket and burnt...More

1  Thank Fran F
Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

We got pulled pork and chicken sandwiches with fries. Both were good but not great. Fries were heavily seasoned. Fountain drinks tasted a bit off. Service was quick.

Thank Teresa M
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Food is delicious and you get lots.. mac n cheese is my favorite.. Hate the long wait. No place to park.

Thank Steph C
Reviewed 17 April 2018 via mobile

Food was just ok in my honest opinion..... We are just passing through from Wisconsin looking for a unique food experience. I saw this place on Trip Advisor and reviews on Yelp. It reminded me of a chain knockoff BBQ joint. The Des Moines Melt...More

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Robin L
25 March 2018|
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Response from robbI658AT | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, don't remember. You should though be able to see the menu on their website
2 February 2018|
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Response from Deborah S | Reviewed this property |
We have never had to wait to be seated. Unless you count the time for someone to come to you at the door.
Deb Ungerer N
6 April 2017|
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Response from timiniowa | Reviewed this property |
Maybe calling Jethro's would be better than publishing your phone number to strangers. But that's just me
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
9:30 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
9:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-3300
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