Jethros BBQ

Jethros n Jakes Smokehouse Steaks

BBQ Joint, Ice Cream Shop, and Wings Joint
2601 Adventureland Dr (at Prairie Meadows Dr), Altoona, IA 50009, United States
Open until 10:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 11:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 11:00 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 9:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 9:30 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 163 votes

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  • What you need to know
    Andrea P.
    "Thursdays 2 for 1 wings is the best- be sure to try the bbq rub!"(2 Tips)
    Miranda R.
    "Do the world famous Adam Emmenecker challenge!"(2 Tips)
    Melissa P.
    "Roscoe's Buffalo Chicken Wrap is quite tasty!"(2 Tips)
    Tim S.
    "Pulled pork with Georgian bbq sauce... good"(2 Tips)
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  • barbecue
  • adam emmenecker challenge
  • pulled pork
  • ribs
  • good for groups
  • chicken wings
  • nachos
  • mac & cheese
  • beer
  • great value
  • brisket
  • family-friendly
  • sandwiches
  • good for a quick meal
  • brunch food
  • dinner
  • lunch
  • bacon
  • BBQ sauce
  • mason jars
  • Margaux C.

    Bootleg Tea and the buffalo chicken wrap! Their mac n cheese is a must.

    Margaux C · December 29, 2014
  • Stee P.

    Very good and very busy.

    Stee Pete · October 20, 2014
  • Marcy V.

    Anything is good

    Marcy Van Wyk-Haddrell · September 20, 2014
  • James J.

    Totally amazed that whoever owns the rights to Li'l Abner hasn't long since sued the pants off the owner.

    James Jones · June 16, 2014
  • James J.

    If there's inside lighting other than beer signs and some strands of Christmas lights, it's very well hidden. Use your phone's flashlight app if you want to read the menu.

    James Jones · June 16, 2014
  • Andy B.

    Best bet around awesome

    Andy Birdwell · March 4, 2014
  • Lisa F.

    Not great! Huge portions but need to smother the BBQ in sauce for it to be edible.

    Lisa Fuller · February 20, 2014
  • Jillissa M.

    Don't forget your ID.

    Jillissa Molnari · December 7, 2013
  • Kristi H.

    Best barbecue in 500 miles. We don't make the trip from Madison WI to Kansas City without stopping at Jethro's.

    Kristi Hellmer · December 1, 2013
  • Travel Iowa

    Featured on the Travel Channel's "United States of Bacon," "Food Paradise" and "Man vs. Food" all for the same sandwich: The Adam Emmenecker.

    Travel Iowa · August 26, 2013
  • Evan T.

    Good food, try the Jethros hot barbecue sauce.

    Evan T. · July 10, 2013
  • Jen B.

    Teryl is the BEST waitress make sure to ask for her section!

    Jen Barth · May 23, 2013
  • Eric S.

    I rather go to texas roadhouse or hickory park any time over Jethro's

    Eric Scholtz · March 1, 2013
  • Carrie H.

    Amber (bartender/server) is the best! Always a smiling face :)

    Carrie Harmsen · November 2, 2012
  • Amy C.

    If you've ever been to TX you'd know this BBQ doesn't even compare, but good for IA. I'd avoid the brisket as it was very fatty. If you must have it make sure to request it be cut from the center.

    Amy Casperson · October 14, 2012
  • James J.

    The "hot coleslaw" is seriously good. It's familiar to me from some excellent sauerbraten I used to have in Norman OK at the sadly no longer existing Zum Deutschen Eck.

    James Jones · September 12, 2012
  • Annie M.

    Sweet tea was too sweet, but the BBQ was relatively good.

    Annie Mhoon · September 2, 2012
  • James J.

    Beware; half orders of onion rings cost 8/9 the price of full orders, and half slabs of ribs much more than half the price of a full slab.

    James Jones · August 29, 2012
  • Nitasha

    Sara is absolutely HORRIBLE! The most rude and arrogant bartender I've ever had!

    Nitasha · August 14, 2012
  • Miranda R.

    Do the world famous Adam Emmenecker challenge!

    Miranda Rowenhorst · July 6, 2012
  • phoever

    If you like nachos, they are a must here! Best nachos in town.

    phoever · June 16, 2012
  • Tim S.

    Pulled pork with Georgian bbq sauce... good

    Tim Sieber · June 14, 2012
  • Todd R.

    Wow! Cold beer served in a mason jar! Heaven!

    Todd Reding · March 23, 2012
  • Collin C.

    Sara is a jem behind the bar. She's a great asset..

    Collin Caffrey · February 22, 2012
  • Charles J.

    Bartender grumppy

    Charles Jabara · February 12, 2012
  • Andrea B.

    I don't know why but I've been there 4 times and they have never been as good as the original Drake location. Hopefully that will change because it is convenient since we go to Altoona often.

    Andrea Burke · December 7, 2011
  • Psycho M.

    No Red Bull...:(

    Psycho Mike · November 15, 2011
  • Brett H.

    Some good ass cornbread

    Brett Hughes · September 8, 2011
  • Todd M.

    on thursdays, not only is itwo for one wings, and the bbq rub is teally the best, but also they have 6 dollar pitchers of beer too, perfect combo

    Todd Mueller · September 3, 2011
  • Tyler B.

    Awesome BBQ! But the owners need to put up a fly strip or two. The flies are very annoying while trying to eat.

    Tyler Bell · August 21, 2011
  • Jon R.

    Waffle fry nachos with chicken, make a meal out of it

    Jon Riebhoff · August 3, 2011
  • David W.

    Best Ribs in Town with the beer always cold Read more

    David Williams · July 11, 2011
  • Annette

    Drive 10 minutes west on 80 and go to Smoky D's instead.

    Annette · July 7, 2011
  • Melissa P.

    Roscoe's Buffalo Chicken Wrap is quite tasty!

    Melissa Pasker · June 17, 2011
  • Andrea P.

    Thursdays 2 for 1 wings is the best- be sure to try the bbq rub! Its amazing!

    Andrea Pavletich · June 3, 2011
  • Drew V.

    Try the alcohol, its great!

    Drew Van Woert 🍺 · May 1, 2011
  • Nick V.

    There is not a bad thing to eat here

    Nick Van Houten · January 23, 2011
  • Ben P.

    is there anything bad on the menu?

    Ben Pasker · January 2, 2011
  • David W.

    Matt, Sarah and Nelly will take good care ot You.. Dom will see to it. Great pulled pork. Try the ALABAMA Sauce..

    David Williams · September 25, 2010
  • ben c.

    Best BBQ in Altoona, hands down!

    ben cox · September 13, 2010
  • Tim L.

    The Adam Emmenecker Challenge is an impossible feat. Beware the allure of the challenge.

    Tim L. · September 13, 2010

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