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The Famous Pork Tenderloin – An Iowa Tradition

Serving the best BBQ in Des Moines is something we worked hard to make a reality. After all, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive is classified as a BBQ restaurant. Since we are located in the great state of Iowa, we absolutely had to come up with a way to prepare the best pork tenderloin in Des Moines too. That amazing sandwich has earned its place as an Iowa tradition!

The Famous Iowa Pork Tenderloin

Some silly people argue that the first person to create a breaded pork tenderloin was native to Indiana, but Iowans know that this delicious delicacy truly belongs to us! The pork tenderloin has been a staple in classic Iowa cuisine for as long as anyone can remember.

As last week’s blog all about pork pointed out (read it here if you missed it), Iowa produces more pigs than any other state in the U.S. and turning that asset into a traditional Midwestern favorite creates a unique sense of pride in all of us. Besides them being absolutely delicious, here are a few fun facts about pork tenderloin that you may not already know.

  • Pork tenderloin is a lean, delicately flavored meat.
  • These cuts are almost as lean as skinless chicken breasts.
  • Pork has more protein than chicken and is high in zinc, iron, and B-vitamins.
  • Pork tenderloin is a thin, small cut of the pig, making it the perfect size to cook quickly over high heat. Pork loin, on the other hand, tastes best slow-roasted.
  • It is sometimes also referred to as a pork filet or pork tender.

Pork Tenderloin Wobbly Boots-Style

We simply had to try our hand at this famous dish and according to the diners at our family restaurant in Des Moines, we’ve done an outstanding job! We took this classic sandwich and turned it into something simply irresistible. Even the pickiest pork tenderloin fan will be impressed with this big boy!

It starts out with a more-than-generous portion of meat. (This is one GIGANTIC sandwich!) Next, our chefs tenderize it and hand-dip it in buttermilk followed by a coating of expertly seasoned flour and breadcrumbs. It is then fried to a beautiful golden brown, and placed on a bun. You probably won’t be able to see the bun unless you pick up that humongous pork tenderloin, but believe us, it’s under there! Don’t be surprised if you need a doggy bag to take home when you’re full.

If you’re serious about your pork tenderloin, as most Iowa foodies are, that big beautiful sandwich is the center of attention during your meal. Still, we make sure that it has a delicious sidekick to go along with it too. Our incredible homestyle side dishes take the pork tenderloin from a sandwich to a full-fledged meal. Your choices include:

  • Creamy Cole Slaw
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • Gourmet Potato Salad
  • Legendary Baked Beans
  • Cheesy Corn & Ham
  • Smashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Seasoned Fries
  • Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Upgraded Side Dishes:
    • Boat of Mac & Cheese
    • Sweet Potato Fries
    • Garden Salad
    • Cup of Soup
    • Half-Order of Onion Rings
    • Half-Order of Texas Fries

Even though the pork tenderloin at Wobbly Boots BBQ is one of our most popular dishes, it’s far from your only choice! It’s in great company with many other tasty sandwiches, hickory-smoked meats, BBQ dinners, burgers, salads, flatbreads, appetizers, and much more. You may not be absolutely sure which dish you’ll be having when you come into our family restaurant in Des Moines, but one thing is for sure, you’re going to be happy and satisfied when you’re done eating!

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