Jethros BBQ

Jethro's BBQ

BBQ Joint, Wings Joint, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Drake, Des Moines
  • Don't forget it is Day after Thanksgiving today. You may want to call to confirm this place is open.
  • Ranked #2 for BBQ joints in Des Moines
  • Go here. Experience the barbecue. It's worth it.
  • Juice Magazine
    "... of the Man vs. Food "Adam Emmenecker Challenge": Try it if you're..."(4 Tips)
    Josh R.
    "Not the best BBQ in town."(3 Tips)
    Chris T.
    "Waffle Fry nachos..."(3 Tips)
    "love jethro's, but the quality of food has declined over the years."(2 Tips)
120 Tips and reviews
  • barbecue
  • chicken wings
  • lively
  • adam emmenecker challenge
  • brisket
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  • Jake S.
    Jake SmithDecember 9, 2012
    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.
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    The 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. Read more
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineSeptember 27, 2012
    Try 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) Read more
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelAugust 11, 2011
    Get 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
  • Emily H.
    Emily HoenerMarch 31, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineMarch 19, 2013
    Try 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. Read more
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithMay 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillFebruary 22, 2016
    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.
  • Sarah
    SarahOctober 10, 2010
    Half 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.
  • Drake University
    Drake UniversityAugust 15, 2011
    The 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...
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Stop in on Saturdays for Jethro's $5 special on 32 oz Mason jar mixed drinks. I recommend the state fair lemonade.
  • Monkey
    MonkeyAugust 1, 2012
    love 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.
  • Stephen M.
    Stephen MorrowSeptember 8, 2013
    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.
  • K B.
    K BOctober 18, 2015
    Great value. Amazing flavor. Don't visit the city unless you plan on stopping by and trying Jethro's BBQ
  • Tiffanie L.
    Tiffanie LynnApril 19, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Every tuesday is 2 for 1 wings! Best deal around. && if your drinking mixed drinks the big mason jar is the best option!!
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WalkerFebruary 3, 2010
    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!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]August 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!
  • Stephen N.
    Stephen NielsonApril 24, 2015
    Order a pulled pork sandwich and you won't be disappointed. Their corn bread is wonderful as well.
  • Travel Channel
    Travel ChannelNovember 30, 2011
    Jethro'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. Read more
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldNovember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Come with an appetite and split the Emmenecker with friends as needed. It quickly becomes an all you can eat feast.
  • Madison D.
    Madison DenkingerOctober 29, 2014
    I'm not a huge barbecue fan but I love Jethros. They have awesome breakfast too, I would recommend the breakfast nachos.
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParishOctober 29, 2014
    Pulled pork is the best I've had. This places gives anything in KC a run for its money.
  • Sarah
    SarahFebruary 2, 2013
    Their brunch is great -- get the French toast!
  • Jacqueline T.
    Jacqueline TopeteFebruary 28, 2015
    Great flavor and great price! Stop here for the best BBQ!
  • Chris P.
    Chris ParishOctober 29, 2014
    This place gives KC a serious run for its money on BBQ. The pulled pork is the best I've had.
  • Matt H.
    Matt HSeptember 29, 2014
    Busy on game days, but pretty good BBQ with plenty of TVs. Not an ideal place on a Sunday for a conversation.
  • Natalie Z.
    Natalie ZApril 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Whitney is the best waitress! Positive attitude and always a smile! She'll give you great service and treat you well!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]February 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Split an Adam Emmenecker sandwich with one of your friends, otherwise you stand no chance.
  • Hilary H.
    Hilary HenakJanuary 26, 2012
    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".
  • yosh
    yoshSeptember 16, 2012
    Share the Game Day breakfast with a friend. It's only $11 and is enough to feed two or three people!
  • Jaime B.
    Jaime BernalApril 7, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Sign up for email list. Will mail you a $10 off entree coupon for your birthday
  • Men's Health Mag
    Men's Health MagAugust 3, 2014
    Jethro’s makes a damn good plate of wings, too, for the less ambitious. Read more
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HousmanJune 13, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The outside seating is great during the summer. I recommend the waffle fries as a side.
  • Erik H.
    Erik HellandMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Carolina omelet is the best way to start your week....and cardiac health issues.
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyApril 21, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Always add a side biscuit and side gravy to your breakfast order.
  • Aaron & Melissa S.
    Gumbo, loaded nachos, pulled chicken, cornbread, well... everything!
  • Jaimie D.
    Jaimie DuffekJanuary 27, 2012
    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".
  • Fabian W.
    Fabian WJanuary 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the "Bulldog Burger" for dinner but make sure you skip lunch that day! It's a lot of food.
  • Tiffanie L.
    Tiffanie LynnNovember 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    2 for 1 wings every tuesday. Shannon is the best server and Sarah is the best bartender
  • Sean F.
    Sean FavreauAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best wings anywhere in the city! Two-for-one Tuesdays are a must!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineSeptember 13, 2011
    Home of the Man vs. Food "Adam Emmenecker Challenge": Try it if you're up to the challenge. Read more
  • Lisa L.
    Lisa LewisJanuary 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Aubrey M.
    Aubrey McDougalApril 12, 2012
    Even with a full house they got our food to us in under ten minutes not to mention the food was terrific.
  • Bruce L.
    Bruce LehnertzSeptember 20, 2014
    Everything! Come hungry!
  • Maria T.
    Maria TeresaAugust 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on Tuesday for wing night, great deal and the best wings in Des Moines.
  • Robbie H.
    Robbie HelzerAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    BBQ rub with garlic Parmesan to dip in is the best!
  • Darin K.
    Darin K.July 6
    Good barbecue, excellent sauce, unique menu items.
  • Neil R.
    Neil RobertsJanuary 25, 2011
    Want veggies for your sides? You have to get cole slaw and hot cole slaw. Veggies choices are limited.
  • P P.
    P PeitzFebruary 14, 2016
    The wings are great. Little smoky, and tender.
  • Nicole H.
    Nicole HankeAugust 12, 2014
    Bbq rub wings are amazing . Every Tuesday is .50 wings !
  • leroy g.
    leroy gatesFebruary 2, 2014
    Whoever's playing music on saturdays made the besss playlist ive ever heard #daftpunk #haim #vampireweekend #localnatives #yep
  • Ben J.
    Ben JohnsFebruary 10, 2010
    Two for wings Tuesday is a MUST!!! The Bleu Cheese wings will make your trip to the Drake neighborhood well worth it!
  • Marc
    MarcJune 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Waffle Fry Nachos. They are amazing!
  • Robert C.
    Robert CollinsJanuary 24, 2012
    The garlic Parmesan wings will leave you asking for more!
  • Phil J.
    Phil JamesOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    I'm on the Caveman/Paleo diet. This is a great place for me. I just wish they had more veggies on their menu.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightOctober 31, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Hillbilly Burrito and a Bloody Mary are a great way to start your Sunday. Prepare for a nap afterwards, though.
  • Drew V.
    Drew Van Woert 🍺January 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    If you come here when Creighton is playing at Drake just remember Creighton fans are obnoxious and conceded. Plan accordingly.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Jethro's BBQ as seen on United States of Bacon , Man vs Food , Food Paradise Read more
  • leroy g.
    leroy gatesJanuary 21, 2014
    You gotta go for the Tuesday twofer waaaangs (wings not dicks). Get their DRY RUB. Seriously too many dick jokes in this tip.
  • Jeffery G.
    Jeffery GeerJune 3, 2016
    Their gumbo is absolutely amazing!
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew McIverSeptember 5, 2011
    The Alabama sauce on the Jethro is a surprisingly pleasing twist.
  • Emily C.
    Emily CarterJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    If Alex the bartender is working ask for his world famous spiked lemonade :) yumm
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 24, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Best Bacon Bites - #2 The Jethro
  • Miranda A.
    Miranda Awesome SauceAugust 24, 2014
    Great ribs, great lemonade.
  • Claudia W.
    Claudia WilliamsSeptember 6, 2013
    Pulled chicken and Mac & cheese are to die for
  • Queen P.
    Queen PimpDecember 27, 2015
    A must-visit for all meat lovers.
  • Elizabeth B.
    Elizabeth BoresiJuly 31, 2011
    Almost always packed. Aim for mid afternoon on a Sunday- no wait!
  • Nikki W.
    after living in KC last year it is still some damn good bbq
  • Jim M.
    Jim MackayMarch 29, 2012
    These guys should offer a special.
  • Ed M.
    Ed MoranJanuary 9, 2011
    Check out the disco ball! Any BBQ place that has one mirrored beauties is okay by me!
  • Estepha F.
    Great everything especially chicken!
  • Morgan W.
    Morgan Wood-CooperJune 30, 2012
    Toast is amazing!! You've got to try it!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    To ensure that you get home safely, make sure Hansen downs at minimum, 2 pitchers.
  • Courtney K.
    Courtney KalenderSeptember 8, 2013
    Try the brisket with Jethro's BBQ sauce.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WilsonOctober 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Jon M.
    Jon McDonaldFebruary 11, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Split the Emmenecker 4 ways. $5 each. Great "tour de meat."
  • Drew A.
    Drew AhroldJuly 4, 2011
    The ribs are amazing, no sauce needed! Read more
  • Oliver H.
    Oliver HousmanApril 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    2 for 1 regular wings on Tuesday nights.
  • Jose G.
    Jose GonzalesJune 9, 2014
    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.
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyJanuary 26, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    Can't go wrong with a side of bacon.
  • Marni
    MarniNovember 17, 2015
    Get the jalapeño corn. It's amazing.
  • Mary S.
    Mary SueJanuary 22, 2014
    📞calling all wing fanz
  • Harshee P.
    Harshee ParmarJuly 10, 2015
    Love cream corn
  • Mike H.
    Mike HenneberryJune 26, 2012
    The pulled pork is crazy good.
  • Chaz D.
    Chaz DeckerMay 17, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get a spicy pickle. #nom
  • Steve D.
    Steve DNJanuary 17, 2016
    The wings are amazing!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BrudtkuhlJanuary 6, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Chili Teryaki and Georgia Mustard Wings are the best!
  • Jose N.
    Jose NavarroNovember 14, 2011
    OVERRATED Smokey D's is where it's at
  • Mike J.
    Mike JonesJanuary 24, 2015
  • Curt
    CurtMarch 29, 2011
    If 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
  • Laura H.
    Laura HassebrockApril 17, 2012
    Tuesday nights is twofers on Wings!
  • David M.
    David MercerAugust 17, 2011
    The Mac n cheeses Was unbelievable!
  • Todd H.
    Todd HansenJanuary 16, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jess is the best bartender
  • Jeremy B.
    Jeremy BaumannSeptember 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Word to the brisket melt!
  • Chaz D.
    Chaz DeckerJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask for the ghost.
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]January 29, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Ghost Sauce, ouch.
  • Ed M.
    Ed MoranJanuary 9, 2011
    Tight-fitted shirts and Jethro's just don't mix!
  • Josh R.
    Josh RJanuary 9, 2013
    Not the best BBQ in town. Pulled pork was dry & tasteless & the house BBQ sauce is lacking. Disappointment.
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyMarch 14, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best weekend brunch in town + matilda on tap
  • Debbie M.
    Debbie MacLeodApril 19, 2010
    Wonderful Brunch!!! Everything about this place ROCKS
  • Hannah I.
    Hannah InmanSeptember 1, 2010
    Chicken Nachos. Hands down - amazing!
  • Phil D.
    Phil DoughtyJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Come for brunch. You won't be disappointed.
  • Sarah G.
    Sarah GreeneAugust 16, 2014
    Need burnt ends. Yum
  • Norm W.
    Norm WrigleyApril 21, 2013
    Lots of Glow Runners tonight...
  • Josh F.
    Josh FlemingMay 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Go on Tuesday and get 2 for 1 wings. Solid!
  • Jeremy K.
    Jeremy KnudsonJanuary 18, 2015
    Mac & Cheese
  • Adam H.
    Adam HansenJuly 15, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Relive old Drake glory days at Jethros!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CrawfordDecember 29, 2010
    best bbq in Des Moines.
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JeriskApril 28, 2013
    Get the Eminecker
  • s@L
    s@LNovember 14, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Smoked chicken quesadillas are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!
  • Kevin T.
    Kevin TeetsNovember 8, 2011
    Say hi to Danille!!
  • Chris T.
    Chris TorresJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Waffle Fry nachos... I love you....
  • Your Downtown Gal
    Your Downtown GalFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best hot wings ever
  • Skip C.
    Skip CraigSeptember 26, 2011
    Smoked hot wings FTW!!!
  • Jessi W.
    Jessi WhiteSeptember 1, 2011
    Great food.
  • tia b.
    tia bougherNovember 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
  • Joe M.
    Joe MaderskySeptember 30, 2010
    Ghost wings!
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Something so wrong and yet so right about Matilda in a huge mason jug
  • Sarah R.
    Sarah ReidJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    It is so loud!
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda McClellandMarch 25, 2015
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