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Jethro S BBQ Your Drake Neig



3100 Forest Ave
Des Moines, IA 50311

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(515) 279-3300

  • Sun - 9:30am - 10:00pm
  • Mon - Thu 11:00am - 10:00pm
  • Fri 11:00am - 11:00pm
  • Sat 9:30am - 11:00pm

Cuisine: Barbecue Restaurants, Bars


4.6 of 5.0 from 125 reviews

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Jethro S BBQ Your Drake Neig in Des Moines, IA
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  • Darin K.Good barbecue, excellent sauce, unique menu items.

    55555 by Darin K.


  • Marc E.Food Network's Top 5 Best Bacon Bites - #2 The Jethro

    55555 by Marc E.


  • Aaron & Melissa JGumbo, loaded nachos, pulled chicken, cornbread, well... everything!

    55555 by Aaron & Melissa J


  • Jeffery G.Their gumbo is absolutely amazing!

    55555 by Jeffery G.


  • Ricky S.Good food & super friendly service made for a relaxed pickup. I ordered ahead for pickup and was treated like a dine in customer. They even tossed in some extras.

    55555 by Ricky S.


  • P lThe wings are great. Little smoky, and tender.

    55555 by P l


  • Steve D.The wings are amazing!

    55555 by Steve D.


  • Queen RA must-visit for all meat lovers.

    55555 by Queen R


  • MarniGet the jalapeño corn. It's amazing.

    55555 by Marni


  • K KGreat value. Amazing flavor. Don't visit the city unless you plan on stopping by and trying Jethro's BBQ

    55555 by K K


  • Harshee D.Love cream corn

    55555 by Harshee D.


  • Stephen NielsonOrder a pulled pork sandwich and you won't be disappointed. Their corn bread is wonderful as well.

    55555 by Stephen Nielson


  • Jaime B.Sign up for email list. Will mail you a $10 off entree coupon for your birthday

    33333 by Jaime B.


  • Brenda JA LARGE VARIETY TO CHECK OUT!!! ENJOY FRIENDS... 🎈💟💙🌟. HUGS

    55555 by Brenda J


  • Jacqueline TopeteGreat flavor and great price! Stop here for the best BBQ!

    55555 by Jacqueline Topete


  • Mike EEverything.

    55555 by Mike E


  • Jeremy K.Mac & Cheese

    55555 by Jeremy K.


  • Megan B.Stop in on Saturdays for Jethro's $5 special on 32 oz Mason jar mixed drinks. I recommend the state fair lemonade.

    55555 by Megan B.


  • Madison DenkingerI'm not a huge barbecue fan but I love Jethros. They have awesome breakfast too, I would recommend the breakfast nachos.

    55555 by Madison Denkinger


  • Chris P.This place gives KC a serious run for its money on BBQ. The pulled pork is the best I've had.

    55555 by Chris P.


  • Chris P.Pulled pork is the best I've had. This places gives anything in KC a run for its money.

    55555 by Chris P.


  • Matt H.Busy on game days, but pretty good BBQ with plenty of TVs. Not an ideal place on a Sunday for a conversation.

    55555 by Matt H.


  • Bruce JEverything! Come hungry!

    55555 by Bruce J


  • TV Food MapsCheck out Jethro's BBQ as seen on United States of Bacon , Man vs Food , Food Paradise

    55555 by TV Food Maps


  • Miranda A.Great ribs, great lemonade.

    55555 by Miranda A.


  • Sarah mNeed burnt ends. Yum

    55555 by Sarah m


  • Robbie HelzerBBQ rub with garlic Parmesan to dip in is the best!

    55555 by Robbie Helzer


  • Nicole RBbq rub wings are amazing . Every Tuesday is .50 wings !

    55555 by Nicole R


  • Men's Health MagThe brisket, baby-back ribs, smoked chicken and other stand-bys are slow-cooked in a 750-pound wood-fired smoker—18 hours, in the case of the pulled pork—and brushed with homemade BBQ sauces.

    55555 by Men's Health Mag


  • Men's Health MagJethro’s makes a damn good plate of wings, too, for the less ambitious.

    55555 by Men's Health Mag


  • Jose G.Not that great. I have had better BBQ in Dubuque, Chicago, Memphis, and Nashville. Don't waste your time and money if you are passing through. Overrated by locals.

    33333 by Jose G.


  • Chaz D.Get a spicy pickle. #nom

    55555 by Chaz D.


  • Emily H.Just order the "Jethros Rub" wings rather than one of the sauce flavored because all the sauces are available right in front of you! Bam! Dip and enjoy 6 different wing flavors in one order.

    55555 by Emily H.


  • leroy g.Whoever's playing music on saturdays made the besss playlist ive ever heard #daftpunk #haim #vampireweekend #localnatives #yep

    55555 by leroy g.


  • Mary S.📞calling all wing fanz

    22222 by Mary S.


  • leroy g.You gotta go for the Tuesday twofer waaaangs (wings not dicks). Get their DRY RUB. Seriously too many dick jokes in this tip.

    33333 by leroy g.


  • Courtney K.Try the brisket with Jethro's BBQ sauce.

    55555 by Courtney K.


  • Stephen M.Wouldn't normally get a burger at a joint like this, but The Spike was outstanding. Our waitress, Alisha, was spot on the whole time. Had a fantastic experience.

    55555 by Stephen M.


  • Claudia W.Pulled chicken and Mac & cheese are to die for

    55555 by Claudia W.


  • Travel IowaThe Adam Emmenecker includes a pork tenderloin, angus steak burger, Texas brisket, applewood bacon & fried cheese with buffalo chicken tenders and a pound of waffle fries as seen on Travel Channel.

    55555 by Travel Iowa


  • Kristen S.My friend's brainchild that turned out to be delicious: Ask for the melted cheese that comes on the Emmenecker and put it on the pork tenderloin sandwich. We even made the kitchen jealous w/ that one.

    55555 by Kristen S.


  • Ryan J.Get the Eminecker

    22222 by Ryan J.


  • Clint H.Always add a side biscuit and side gravy to your breakfast order.

    55555 by Clint H.


  • Norm W.Lots of Glow Runners tonight...

    55555 by Norm W.


  • Oliver H.2 for 1 regular wings on Tuesday nights.

    55555 by Oliver H.


  • Des Moines MetromixTry the Jethro Breakfast for $14.95, one of five Bulldog Breakfasts, comes with a tenderloin piled with hash browns, scrambled eggs, pit ham, bacon and Carolina pulled pork.

    55555 by Des Moines Metromix


  • Erik H.The Carolina omelet is the best way to start your week....and cardiac health issues.

    55555 by Erik H.


  • Evan[Bu]Split an Adam Emmenecker sandwich with one of your friends, otherwise you stand no chance.

    55555 by Evan[Bu]


  • SarahTheir brunch is great -- get the French toast!

    55555 by Sarah


  • Josh R.Not the best BBQ in town. Pulled pork was dry & tasteless & the house BBQ sauce is lacking. Disappointment.

    33333 by Josh R.


  • Jake S.With a mountain of pork, this Des Moines staple does pulled pork near perfect. Add coleslaw and 1 of Jethro's 5 BBQ sauces (I liked the "Secret" and the "Mustard") to complete your sandwich.

    55555 by Jake S.


  • Des Moines MetromixTry the sugary sweet Drake Tea, a purple-hued drink that's as sweet and refreshing as a Bulldog victory. Two more Drake drinks: the Lady Bulldog and the Blue Bulldog. (they make up 1 of 4 drinks sold)

    33333 by Des Moines Metromix


  • yoshShare the Game Day breakfast with a friend. It's only $11 and is enough to feed two or three people!

    55555 by yosh


  • Jeremy B.Word to the brisket melt!

    33333 by Jeremy B.


  • Monkeylove jethro's, but the quality of food has declined over the years. good mac&cheese and waffle fries, but there's better wings to be had at daytona's on merle hay.

    33333 by Monkey


  • Jason H.Try the Chicken Wings - Delicious hot buffalo! (via @Foodspotting)

    55555 by Jason H.


  • Morgan W.Toast is amazing!! You've got to try it!

    55555 by Morgan W.


  • MarcGet the Waffle Fry Nachos. They are amazing!

    55555 by Marc


  • Mike H.The pulled pork is crazy good.

    55555 by Mike H.


  • Oliver H.The outside seating is great during the summer. I recommend the waffle fries as a side.

    55555 by Oliver H.


  • Nikki U.after living in KC last year it is still some damn good bbq

    55555 by Nikki U.


  • Christopher J.If you are in town for the 2012 Relays, don't forget there are two other Jethros BBQs, one at 2601 Adventureland Dr, Altoona & one at 9350 University, WDM (by Waukee)

    55555 by Christopher J.


  • Christopher J.Drake Relays 2012 Drink Specials: 20oz. domestic beers $6, 20oz. wells $8, and 32oz. Jethros mugs domestic beers $11 (don't forget to tip your server, they are workin' their butts off this weekend)

    55555 by Christopher J.


  • Tiffanie L.Every tuesday is 2 for 1 wings! Best deal around. && if your drinking mixed drinks the big mason jar is the best option!!

    55555 by Tiffanie L.


  • Laura W.Tuesday nights is twofers on Wings!

    55555 by Laura W.


  • Aubrey M.Even with a full house they got our food to us in under ten minutes not to mention the food was terrific.

    33333 by Aubrey M.


  • Jim M.These guys should offer a freebeecards.com special.

    33333 by Jim M.


  • Carolyn L.Get the rub on your wings- soooo good.

    55555 by Carolyn L.


  • Evan[Bu]Try the Ghost Sauce, ouch.

    55555 by Evan[Bu]


  • Fabian W.Try the "Bulldog Burger" for dinner but make sure you skip lunch that day! It's a lot of food.

    55555 by Fabian W.


  • Jaimie D.Stop by for the best BBQ in town. Jethro's was featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" in Oct. of 2010. Host, Adam Richman, took the famous "Adam Emmenecker Challenge".

    55555 by Jaimie D.


  • Clint H.Can't go wrong with a side of bacon.

    55555 by Clint H.


  • Hilary H.Stop by Jethro's for the best BBQ in town. Jethro's was featured on the Travel Channel's "Man vs. Food" in October of 2010. Host, Adam Richman, took the the famous "Adam Emmenecker Challenge".

    55555 by Hilary H.


  • Drew V.If you come here when Creighton is playing at Drake just remember Creighton fans are obnoxious and conceded. Plan accordingly.

    33333 by Drew V.


  • Robert C.The garlic Parmesan wings will leave you asking for more!

    55555 by Robert C.


  • Todd H.Jess is the best bartender

    55555 by Todd H.


  • Chaz D.Ask for the ghost.

    33333 by Chaz D.


  • Adam H.I think the Pulled Pork Sandwich is the best I've ever had.

    55555 by Adam H.


  • Emily C.If Alex the bartender is working ask for his world famous spiked lemonade :) yumm

    55555 by Emily C.


  • Travel ChannelJethro's BBQ award-winning wings are smoked over oak and hickory wood for 2 hours before they are flash-fried for 15 seconds, giving them a crispy, hot taste. As seen on Food Paradise.

    55555 by Travel Channel


  • tia b.WWW.DESMOINESALIVE.COM FOR REVIEWS

    33333 by tia b.


  • Jon M.Come with an appetite and split the Emmenecker with friends as needed. It quickly becomes an all you can eat feast.

    55555 by Jon M.


  • Jose N.OVERRATED Smokey D's is where it's at

    33333 by Jose N.


  • Kevin T.Say hi to Danille!!

    55555 by Kevin T.


  • Tiffanie L.2 for 1 wings every tuesday. Shannon is the best server and Sarah is the best bartender

    55555 by Tiffanie L.


  • Skip C.Smoked hot wings FTW!!!

    55555 by Skip C.


  • Des Moines MetromixHome of the Man vs. Food "Adam Emmenecker Challenge": http://dmreg.com/PFHQoK Try it if you're up to the challenge.

    55555 by Des Moines Metromix


  • Matthew M.The Alabama sauce on the Jethro is a surprisingly pleasing twist.

    55555 by Matthew M.


  • Jessi W.Great food.

    55555 by Jessi W.


  • David M.The Mac n cheeses Was unbelievable!

    33333 by David M.


  • Sean F.Best wings anywhere in the city! Two-for-one Tuesdays are a must!

    55555 by Sean F.


  • Drake UniversityThe Adam Emmenecker Challenge, named after a former Drake basketball standout, is probably more BBQ than you can handle. Adam Richman from "Man v. Food" couldn't even tackle it. Share with friends...

    55555 by Drake University


  • Travel ChannelGet the Adam Emmenecker: a BBQ sandwich with breaded pork tenderloin, a bacon cheese burger, Texas brisket, & “fried cheese” on a hamburger bun and served w/ side of fries. --Adam Richman, Man v Food

    55555 by Travel Channel


  • Evan[Bu]Fun fact: Jethro's is located in a former Pizza Hut. While you're here, be sure to get Waffle Fry Nachos with brisket. Those nachos be ultimate deliciousness! Yum yum!

    55555 by Evan[Bu]


  • Maria T.Go on Tuesday for wing night, great deal and the best wings in Des Moines.

    55555 by Maria T.


  • Elizabeth JAlmost always packed. Aim for mid afternoon on a Sunday- no wait!

    55555 by Elizabeth J


  • Evan[Bu]To ensure that you get home safely, make sure Hansen downs at minimum, 2 pitchers.

    33333 by Evan[Bu]


  • Adam H.Relive old Drake glory days at Jethros!

    33333 by Adam H.


  • Sarah R.It is so loud!

    33333 by Sarah R.


  • Drew A.The ribs are amazing, no sauce needed!

    55555 by Drew A.


  • Natalie Z.Whitney is the best waitress! Positive attitude and always a smile! She'll give you great service and treat you well!

    55555 by Natalie Z.


  • CurtIf you get Ann ask for a new waitress. She knew she was getting her tip and didn't care about us at all. Tip not deserved

    22222 by Curt


  • Your Downtown GalBest hot wings ever

    55555 by Your Downtown Gal


  • Jon M.Split the Emmenecker 4 ways. $5 each. Great "tour de meat."

    55555 by Jon M.


  • Neil R.Want veggies for your sides? You have to get cole slaw and hot cole slaw. Veggies choices are limited.

    55555 by Neil R.


  • Ed M.Check out the disco ball! Any BBQ place that has one mirrored beauties is okay by me!

    55555 by Ed M.


  • Ed M.Tight-fitted shirts and Jethro's just don't mix!

    33333 by Ed M.


  • Chris C.best bbq in Des Moines.

    55555 by Chris C.


  • s@LSmoked chicken quesadillas are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

    55555 by s@L


  • Nathan W.The Hillbilly Burrito and a Bloody Mary are a great way to start your Sunday. Prepare for a nap afterwards, though.

    55555 by Nathan W.


  • SarahHalf salads are more than enough of a portion for one person. Half order of nachos is also more than enough to go around! Outside patio is perfect even on a warm day - no bugs and quite comfortable.

    55555 by Sarah


  • Phil J.I'm on the Caveman/Paleo diet. This is a great place for me. I just wish they had more veggies on their menu.

    55555 by Phil J.


  • Eric W.if you dont want to do the challenge, consider that the $20 adam emmenecker is enough sandwich to get the average person through five meals.

    33333 by Eric W.


  • Joe TGhost wings!

    55555 by Joe T


  • Hannah TChicken Nachos. Hands down - amazing!

    55555 by Hannah T


  • Chris T.Waffle Fry nachos... I love you....

    55555 by Chris T.


  • Josh F.Go on Tuesday and get 2 for 1 wings. Solid!

    55555 by Josh F.


  • Debbie M.Wonderful Brunch!!! Everything about this place ROCKS

    55555 by Debbie M.


  • Clint H.Something so wrong and yet so right about Matilda in a huge mason jug

    33333 by Clint H.


  • Clint H.Best weekend brunch in town + matilda on tap

    55555 by Clint H.


  • Ben J.Two for wings Tuesday is a MUST!!! The Bleu Cheese wings will make your trip to the Drake neighborhood well worth it!

    55555 by Ben J.


  • Bryan W.This is truly some great BBQ. If you go you have to try the ribs. The 1/2 portion is more than enough but if you are hungry the full portion will definitely fill you up. Great restaurant!

    55555 by Bryan W.


  • Phil D.Come for brunch. You won't be disappointed.

    55555 by Phil D.


  • Lisa L.Try their nachos - to die for! 1/2 order feeds two. Oh, and their hot BBQ wings and their mac n cheese. Yum, my mouth is watering.

    55555 by Lisa L.


  • Andy B.The Chili Teryaki and Georgia Mustard Wings are the best!

    55555 by Andy B.


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