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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%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pulled pork” (60 reviews)
“ribs” (107 reviews)
“waffle fries” (28 reviews)
Open Now
9:30 AM - 11:00 PMAll hours
American, Bar, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
3100 Forest Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2838
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Over the last two months, we have been to all 7 Jethro's locations each month. They are consistently very good. This week, we got the sliced ham, chopped brisket, Mac&Cheese and applesauce there and all were very good. It's also family and budget friendly. Friendly...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Des Moines' best barbecue. Excellent service. Casual and fun. Several locations in the Des Moines, each with an unique theme.

Thank Timothy W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone has their favorite I know. This is just not mine. The ribs don’t fall off the bones, the sauce is just ‘off’ to me. But I know people who love it. So if you haven’t tried it and live in the area, I’d give...More

1  Thank Lizn8tr
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Couldn't say enough positive about it! To set the stage properly, it was a casual place. Reasonably priced, good sized portions and excellent taste. These guys know bar B Q! I left stuffed. Ribs were very good. My only complaint would be that the place...More

Thank chuck k
Reviewed 3 January 2018

Excellent service and a diverse menu. The bacon wrapped ribs are special. Our group had chicken nachos and steaks and all were very complimentary.

Thank pjf912
Reviewed 21 December 2017 via mobile

This is a must for BBQ lovers. The food is outstanding (beef brisket is awesome). It’s close to the freeway and across from the casino. This is a must when your in Des Moines.

Thank Todd H
Reviewed 11 December 2017 via mobile

Great place to visit. Staff very helpful . Music is loud. The jalapeño cream corn was great. Try all the sauces. Waffle fries were good too. Mac n cheese is a must . Pulled pork was tasty.

Thank Jason C
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

I've had the pork and the chicken. Both were wonderful. Try the smoked jalapeno creamed corn. It's worth a stop all by itself.

Thank Rob_and_kids
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

This place was hopping during lunch when we showed up here on Sunday. The hostess was on top of things and we got a seat within few minutes. When we sat down we immediately noticed that the AC was blowing cold air right on top...More

1  Thank Arek S
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

Stopped here during our western 3 week trip of 14 different states. Best BBQ of our trip. Recommend bacon wrapped ribs, and both appetizers and dinner samplers. Wish we had room to try their chocolate covered bacon.

Thank robbI658AT
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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
Brandon O
29 September 2016|
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Response from Jordan B | Reviewed this property |
Interesting... That was my only complaint. They were still fine. They were just dry.
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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
Groups, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
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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