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Food Holidays in March – The Boot’s Got You Covered!

The team here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse loves checking out the “bizarre” holidays calendar to see what type of unique holidays are headed our way. We already covered National Pig Day on March 1 in a previous blog and apparently, all of March is National Celery Month. You might think that would not be something a BBQ restaurant in Des Moines would cover, but on the contrary, we’ve got a perfect tribute! March 19 also happens to be National Poultry Day and around here, those last two celebrations tie together quite nicely.

How Do You Celebrate Celery?

The best answer for this fits in with the poultry topic too, and that’s “alongside a plate full of Wobbly Wings!” (That goes for both our bone-in and boneless varieties!) We find that celery can be pretty boring eaten by itself but serving it with hot wings seems to make this vegetable a lot more attractive.

The cold crunchiness is a nice contrast to the meatiness of our perfectly hickory-smoked wings. If you happen to choose a wing sauce that’s a hot one, that celery dipped in dressing is the perfect way to cool your taste buds down for another spicy bite. When it comes to sauces, your delicious choices include; BBQ (of course), Habanero BBQ, Jamaican Jerk, Wobbly Hot, Jalapeno Garlic, and Chipotle Buffalo.

Tastes Like Chicken…

As for National Poultry Day, there are a lot more ways to celebrate that here at the Boot. Most sections of our menu have at least one tasty chicken option. Here’s a look at a few of those:

Buffalo Bacon Chicken & Jalapeno Flatbread
Our flatbread covered in our chipotle buffalo sauce topped with grilled chicken breast, bacon, and jalapenos topped with our five-cheese pizza blend and finished with ranch dressing.

Spinach Artichoke Chicken Flatbread
Our homemade spinach artichoke dip generously spread over our flatbread topped with a five-cheese mozzarella blend, chicken, diced tomatoes, and finished with Parmesan cheese.

Chicken Fried Chicken
A juicy all-white chicken breast tenderized, hand-breaded, and fried to golden perfection. Next, we add some smashed potatoes slathered with white country gravy and serve it all with a side of green beans.

Chicken Strip Basket
All-white boneless chicken tenders hand-cut, buttermilk battered, and hand-breaded to order in our own seasoned flour. Served with your choice of one of our signature side dishes and ranch or honey mustard.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Mixed greens, tomatoes, red onions, cheddar-jack cheese, five-cheese mozzarella blend, bacon, and hard-boiled egg topped with a charbroiled chicken breast.

Honey Mustard Chicken Wrap
Our charbroiled chicken breast cooked perfectly with bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, five cheese mozzarella blend, and our housemade honey mustard dressing, served in a warm wheat tortilla. Delicious!

Buffalo Chicken Wrap
Our homemade chicken tenders fried and tossed in our chipotle buffalo sauce with lettuce, tomato, cheddar-jack cheese, and ranch dressing, served in a warm wheat tortilla. (Simply ask for no buffalo for a regular chicken tender wrap.)

WB Chicken Sandwich
Our all-white chicken breast charbroiled to perfection and topped with our double-smoked ham and Swiss cheese served on a toasted bun with a side of honey mustard. Pickle, lettuce, onion, and tomato available on request.

Half Chicken
Tremendous flavor!! A half chicken generously rubbed in our house spices, slow-smoked over hickory, and finished on the grill with a light glaze of our house BBQ sauce.

Chicken & Rib Combo
Yes, we did!! A half rack of our Baby Back Ribs combined with our Hickory-Smoked Half Chicken. A delicious combination.

In our opinion, any day you dine at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive is a holiday for your taste buds! These fun calendar holidays just give you a bonus excuse for coming out to enjoy the best BBQ in Des Moines. No matter what you’re in the mood to celebrate, we’ll find a delicious way to help you do it!

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!

Celebrate National Pig Day With Delicious Iowa Pork!

National Pig Day lands on March 1st and since Iowa is the nation’s largest pork-producing state, this makes an excellent topic for our Des Moines BBQ restaurant‘s blog this week. You’ll find lots and lots of delicious dishes featuring this incredible animal on the menu at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive.

Iowa Pork

Our great state is responsible for raising about 1/3 of the nation’s pigs. As a matter of fact, they outnumber humans in Iowa nearly 4 to 1! Over 6,000 pig farms can be found around Iowa and at any given time, there are about 22 million pigs being raised. It’s no surprise, with so many of them around, that pork is a food you’ll find throughout the Boot’s extensive menu.

Pork at the Boot

The mouthwatering, hickory-smoked pork served at Wobbly Boots BBQ is fantastic as a main dish and we love adding it to other items on the menu as well. With a flavor that incredible, we couldn’t contain it to only BBQ plates and sandwiches! Here are a few of the taste-tempting items we’ve got for you to enjoy.

Pulled Pork
Our pork is covered in our house-made rub then slow-smoked over hickory for 16 hours, trimmed and hand-pulled.

Pit Ham
Applewood double-smoked pit ham. A lean outstanding choice.

Smoked Sausage
A sweet and smokey Italian sausage. We slow-smoke our sausage rope then slice it into pieces. A hidden house favorite… Try it & you’ll love it!

Baby Back Ribs
Over two pounds of our slow-smoked delicious dry-rubbed baby back ribs, lightly grilled & basted in our house recipe BBQ sauce. Tender and mouthwatering…the very best in ribs!

More Where That Came From…

Like we mentioned earlier, the pork served at our family restaurant in Des Moines is so deliciously versatile, it can be found in a variety of different dishes throughout our menu. Here’s a peek at a few of those.

Famous Iowa Tenderloin
First and foremost, an Iowa tradition! Our personal version is made from a generous cut of pork tenderloin that is tenderized, hand-dipped, and then breaded in our seasoned flour and bread crumbs. Make sure to come in hungry because this baby is as big as the plate!

Pulled Pork Mountain
Our homemade smashed potatoes piled high on white bread and generously topped with in-house smoked pulled pork, covered entirely with beef gravy, and served with a side of cheesy corn. DELISH!

Three Little Pigs
Just like the name says – House-smoked pulled pork, ham, and bacon stacked high on a freshly toasted bun and topped with our homemade BBQ sauce.

BBQ Pork Nachos
A house favorite!! A bed of crispy tortilla chips smothered in our homemade pepper-jack queso, topped with our house-smoked pulled pork and legendary baked beans, then finished with cheddar-jack cheese, red onion, and tomatoes. It’s all served with a side of sour cream, jalapenos, and our homemade salsa.

Graziano Sausage Bites
Iowa’s own Graziano Italian sausage with a hint of red peppers and cheddar-jack cheese, hand-rolled and lightly breaded then quick-fried to golden perfection. Served with chipotle ranch. Delicious!

Pork Pot Stickers
Crescent-shaped pork-filled dumplings lightly fried and served with our own Jamaican Jerk sauce. A tasty treat.

The Wrangler
A wheat tortilla stuffed with pulled pork, legendary baked beans, and creamy coleslaw. We then grill it blending all three flavors into one incredible wrap!

Wobbly Style Club
Hickory-smoked ham, turkey, and bacon with lettuce, tomato, mozzarella cheese, and avocado mayo served between two pieces of sourdough toast.

The Griller
A customer favorite! Two slices of sourdough bread, American and Swiss cheeses, crisp bacon, smoked ham, and smoked turkey all grilled to perfection.

Hillbilly Cuban
Our house pulled pork with smoked ham, melted Swiss cheese, pickles, and our own Jamaican jerk sauce served on a double toasted bun.

Texas 2-Step
Smoked beef brisket with smoked sausage drizzled with our house recipe BBQ sauce and served on two slices of golden Texas toast.

Porker Flatbread
Our homemade Jamaican jerk sauce with pulled pork, sautéed onion, and mushroom topped with
cheddar-jack cheese.

Cowboy Cobb Salad
Yep, even on the salads! Crisp greens generously topped with smoked ham & turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cheddar-jack & our five cheese mozzarella blend.

When you join us for National Pig Day, or any other day of the year, we’ll have each and every one of these fantastic foods available for you to give a try. If you don’t happen to be in the mood for pork, that’s no problem at all. There are lots and lots of other mouthwatering meals waiting for you at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. Come on in and have a taste!

Sure, The Boot’s Got GREAT BBQ, But That’s Not All…

As the saying goes, “Variety is the spice of life!” If you agree, then you need to head on over to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive and live a little! While we’re most widely known for having the best BBQ in Des Moines, the wide variety of foods you’ll find on our menu are equally as delicious. No matter what you’re craving, you’re bound to find the perfect meal at the Boot.

Award-Winning BBQ

We’ll start with obvious. Our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines uses a hybrid-style of cooking to create that BBQ you love! It was inspired by the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A. – Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Texas.

The Boot’s creative chefs combined our favorite parts of each of those styles to bring you the hickory-smoked goodness people can’t seem to get enough of! Combined with our house recipe BBQ sauce, the taste sensation is truly tough to beat!

Great-Tasting Greens

When you’re trying to add more vegetables to your diet, the salads at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse are exactly what you need. Full of fresh, healthy ingredients like mixed greens, tomatoes, avocado, and more, they are filling and satisfying.

As an added bonus, you don’t have to miss out on those hickory-smoked meats when you go the salad route. Most of our salads have a great big, heaping helping of them as one of the main ingredients!

Savory Seafood

The Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is one of our most popular appetizers plus they pair perfectly with all of our steak dinners. You’ll also find lots of other delicious seafood choices throughout the best menu in the Des Moines area. Some of these choices include a fried Catfish Dinner, Jamaican Jerk Shrimp Wrap, and an incredible Catfish BLT.

Soup & Sandwiches

We offer a different Soup of the Day each day but every single day you can order our famous Baked Potato Soup. (It’s pretty popular around here!) You can enjoy those as a soup/sandwich or soup/salad combo or add a cup to any meal as an upgraded side dish.

If you’d like to upgrade your sandwich, we’ve got quite a few choices for you there too, both BBQ and non-BBQ options! The “Down Home Sandwiches” menu features treats like the Hillbilly Cuban, Wobbly Style Club, and don’t miss our Famous Pork Tenderloin. Lots of delicious choices and we didn’t even get into the large variety of delicious wraps and burgers you’ll find on the menu too!

Southern Comfort Food

We earn our credibility as a family restaurant in Des Moines in part due to the incredible Southern comfort-style meals that are created in our kitchen. (That and the welcoming, family-friendly atmosphere all around the restaurant.)

For anyone that enjoys foods “like Mom used to make,” we’ve got what you’re looking for. From the Smoked Meatloaf to the Chicken Fried Chicken and Prime Rib HotBeef, your mouth will be watering just reading about them on the menu! (Wait ’til you get a taste!)

We didn’t have enough room to list each and every single dish on the menu but this will give you a wonderful idea of what to expect when you come into our restaurant & bar in Des Moines. You can see the full Wobbly Boots Roadhouse menu online but an even better idea is to come on in and see it in person. That way, you’ll be able to taste it right away!

Steak Dinners You Are Going To LOVE!

On Valentine’s Day (this Friday, Feb. 14, 2020) your favorite BBQ restaurant in Des Moines is cooking up some wonderful steak dinner specials. These will be perfect to share with your sweetheart or someone else you love in a different way, like maybe a brother, sister, or even a best friend.

Of course, you can come into Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive any day of the week to enjoy the best steaks in Des Moines off of our everyday menu. Here’s a closer look at the many mouthwatering steak choices you’ll find at the Boot.

Valentine’s Day 2020

On Valentine’s Day this year, we’re cooking up a very special Ribeye Steak Oscar Dinner. This one isn’t normally on the menu so if you’d like to give it a try, you’d better make plans to dine at the Boot this Friday!

Since Valentine’s Day happens to fall on a Friday this year, it matches up perfectly with our weekly Smoked Prime Rib Dinner special too! Every Friday and Saturday after 5:00 pm (including this romantic holiday) you can enjoy a 12-oz. cut of our succulent prime rib. It’s generously coated with a specialty wet rub and then hickory-smoked for 5 hours to ensure the juiciest and most flavorful prime rib possible.

More Delicious Steak Choices

Whether you’re in the mood for a great big dinner plate of steak or a hearty steak sandwich, Wobbly Boots BBQ can take care of those cravings! For either lunch or dinner, we’ve got steak on the menu.

Each of our Harvest Entrees is served with Texas toast and your choice of 2 homestyle side dishes. You also have the option of adding 3 bacon wrapped shrimp to any of these meals to make it a surf ‘n’ turf.

New York Strip
A 10-oz choice cut New York strip grilled to your liking ensuring a flavorful delicious steak. It’s topped with our delicious Templeton steak butter.

Roadhouse Ribeye
A 12-oz choice-cut ribeye seasoned and charbroiled to your liking. Juicy mouthwatering steak
topped with a Templeton steak butter ensuring deliciousness bite after bite.

Every bit as hearty as one of our steak dinners is our tasty selection of steak sandwiches. Each one comes with your choice of one homestyle side dish.

Prime Rib French Dip
Smoked prime rib and melted mozzarella cheese served on a lightly toasted hoagie roll with a side of au jus.

Prime Rib Melt
Succulent, house-smoked, shaved prime rib topped with Swiss cheese on grilled sourdough bread. It’s served with our house-made horsey sauce on the side.

Prime Rib Hot Beef
Our house-smoked prime rib thinly sliced and served open-faced on white bread with smashed potatoes, beef gravy, and green beans. Stick to your ribs good!

Make plans to dine at the best family restaurant in Des Moines this Valentine’s Day for some irresistible steak specials. Of course, if you can’t make it here this Friday, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is open 7 days a week, serving up savory steaks, award-winning BBQ, and much more. Stop by anytime!

Curious About Wobbly Boots Roadhouse? These People Say “Try It, You’ll Like It!”

We’re sure it would come as no surprise to you that, in our opinion, the best BBQ in Des Moines comes out of the kitchen at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive. We are a bit biased though, so we don’t expect you to just take our word for it. The reviews we found online from recent customers at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, on the other hand, are much more likely to convince you to give our place a try! Take a look at these.


At the first moment you step in that place, the team gives you a good feeling. Very comfortable stuff, it is a kind place to hang out with your friends or with your date. yummy food, creative chief cook and stuff, modest price and attentive service. Highly recommended.
Cedric Torres

Timothy is one of the nicest professional bartenders I’ve ever had! Been here twice now and food is great at a good price.
Andy McCabe

Finally got to try Wobbly Boots. Food and beer were good. The patty melt was amazing and the chicken strips were excellent.
Michelle Tuel

Good pulled pork sandwich at a fair price, nice people and staff.
Justin Christensen


Awesome Food, Fun Environment, Great Staff!!
We ate here New Years Day 2020! Staff was super friendly! We tried the Corn Bread Basket it was awesome! Their ribs were delicious! Their Wings are huge and I highly recommend the Jamaican Jerk sauce! Wife got the Wrangler Wrap, super filling! Will definitely be stopping here when we are in town next!!

Great bar and BBQ:
Had a great time for lunch here at Wobbly Boots. Bartender and all the staff were amazingly friendly and helpful. Gave heartfelt advice on menu items and were just extremely friendly. I wish I could remember the bartender’s name. He was great.

Great food and service:
While passing thru the Des Moines area on a road trip, we ate at this restaurant which was within walking distance of our hotel. The food was quite good and our server was excellent! We would definitely return if in the area again.

Very child-friendly:
The food is delicious and the atmosphere laidback at this location. Adults can enjoy a drink and everyone can visit without bothering other tables. They have a good selection of side dishes and prices are average.
Annette R.


When you arrive go see the best host ever, Kaelly! This woman makes the best recommendations! I’ve been here 3 days in a row with co-workers and have not been disappointed yet. Jennifer is one of the best waitresses I’ve ever dealt with and she will sure put a smile on your face! Sean the manager definitely knows how to run this place. I’ll be returning every night I can because of these 3 awesome ppl and the wonderfully cooked BBQ.
Ryan Anderson

Awesome food! The Smoked Prime Rib was amazing. The wet rub they use has the best flavor I have ever had on a prime rib. The wait staff was very nice and service was great.
Ronald Moore II

Their BBQ pork nachos are the best!!
Jennifer Shelley Jensen

Amazing! After a 2 hour drive and not being able to get to eat until 9:30 PM we were worried about food and service since it was close to closing time! They blew us out of the water awesome food, amazing drinks, superb bartender/waiter Ray 👏🏼👏🏼 We will definitely make this a MUST stop.
Madison Jade Boelkes

So as you can see, it’s not just those of us that work here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse that think this place is pretty awesome. There are lots of other folks around that completely agree! Thanks to everyone that has taken the time to share your feelings about our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines. If you’ve dined with us recently, we’d love to hear from you too.

As for the rest of you, come in soon and try our award-winning BBQ for yourself. Our family can’t wait to meet you and yours!

Here’s How We Create the Best BBQ in Des Moines…

We often claim to serve the best BBQin Des Moines but those aren’t just words we say to sound fancy. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse‘s actions back those words up with delicious dishes, specialty recipes, and attention to detail that makes all of your senses stand up and take notice! (It’s not just the taste, but the smell, feel, and look that’s going to have you coming back for more again and again!)

We bet you’re wondering just what makes Wobbly Boots BBQ so darn good. Well, here’s a closer look at the process that tickles taste buds and has mouths watering all over Iowa.


Uniquely Styled

The type of BBQ you’ll discover at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive was inspired by many different BBQ masters from around the country. We lovingly refer to it as a “hybrid style” of BBQ combining elements of the dishes found in the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A. – Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Texas.

We took our favorite parts away from each of these styles and put them all together to create a taste that people can’t seem to get enough of! Luckily for all of you, we’re open 7 days a week, year-round, and smoke our meats on a daily basis.

Smoked Over Hickory

The key to creating the Wobbly Boots flavor that is so popular around these parts is the hickory-smoked goodness we infuse into each bite. First, we slow-smoke our succulent meats over hickory, allowing the incredible flavors of each type of meat to come through boldly. Our clever chefs have figured out exactly how long each meat needs to spend in the smoker to become it’s flavorful best.

Next, those meats are coated (or served with a side of) our extraordinary house-recipe BBQ sauce. The end result is a plate full of the best hickory-smoked BBQ in Des Moines that will leave you fully satisfied yet anxious to come back again for more!

You won’t find our BBQ sauce anyplace else but right here. (Unless you pick up a bottle to take home with you or visit the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse at the Lake of the Ozarks run by our good friends, that is.)

So Many, Many Choices

You can enjoy our hickory-smoked meats either between two slices of bread or piled high on a plate next to our homestyle side dishes. We also create quite a few BBQ entrees that are every bit as irresistible. Here’s a look at a few of our offerings.

BBQ Sandwiches
All of our slow-smoked meats are served “wet” (sauced) on a fresh toasted bun, but feel free to request the sauce on the side. (Burnt ends are always served with the sauce they are smoked in.) Meats include:

  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Tender Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Applewood Smoked Pit Ham
  • Sliced Turkey Breast
  • House Favorite Brisket Burnt Ends

Smoked Meat Plates
Here you can build your own plate filled with the hickory-smoked meats of your choice. Each dinner is served with a piece of Texas toast and two of our homestyle side dishes. The meat choices are the same as above and may be ordered as  a

  • Single Meat Plate
  • Double Meat Plate
  • BBQ Trio Plate (A full pound of hickory-smoked meat!)

Classic BBQ Dinners
Each of these classic dishes is served with Texas toast and two of our homestyle side dishes.

  • Baby Back Ribs – Over 2 pounds of our slow-smoked delicious dry-rubbed baby back ribs, lightly grilled and basted in our house recipe BBQ sauce. Tender and mouth-watering…the very best in ribs!
  • Half Rack of Ribs & 1 Smoked Meat – A half rack of our Baby Back Ribs with your choice of one of our house-smoked meats.
  • Chicken & Rib Combo – Yes, we did!! A half rack of our Baby Back Ribs combined with our Hickory Smoked Half Chicken. A delicious combination!

The yummy goodness doesn’t stop there! You’ll find fantastic dishes throughout the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse menu, both BBQ and non-BBQ items, that feature our hickory-smoked meats as one of the ingredients, plus appetizers like our award-winning Wobbly Wings.

Throwing a party? You can order our BBQ in bulk to-go and feed a crowd of hungry people or hire the best catering in Des Moines to cook it all up and bring the BBQ to you! Swing on by the Boot soon and give our hickory-smoked hybrid style BBQ a try. It’s bound to be love at first taste!

We’ve Got New Premium Burgers at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse!

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive is highly regarded as BBQ experts here in Iowa, but not everyone realizes that we also serve up the best burgers in the Des Moines area on a daily basis. A lot of care, attention to detail, and high-quality ingredients go into each and every burger that comes out of the kitchen at Wobbly Boots BBQ. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect when you dine with us.

New Premium Burgers

Wobbly Boots is proud to announce our new premium burger! You’ll recognize the topping combinations on most of these but the burger patty itself has been upgraded. Each one is a full half-pound blend of brisket and Angus ground chuck.  We shape each patty by hand to ensure that it is the perfect size to meet our high-quality standards. Next, we place it on a flat-top iron griddle until it reaches the most delicious degree of doneness.

The final step is placing that incredible burger on a fresh, toasted bun along with your choice of toppings. Our menu is full of fantastic specialty burgers that will have your taste buds thoroughly tickled. Here are some of the options.

Burger Menu at the Boot

If you’re building your own burger, pickles, lettuce, onion, and tomatoes are available upon request. You can also upgrade to add cheese or some of our hickory-smoked bacon. The types of cheeses we offer are American, Swiss, Pepper Jack, Mozzarella, and Bleu Cheese.

If you’re not in the mood to pick out toppings, our specialty burgers are sure to satisfy your hunger.

The Farm Boy
A juicy flavorful classic cooked the way you like it!

*NEW* Devine Burger
Topped with our homemade slaw plus a drizzle of Jamaican jerk sauce and topped with Swiss cheese. Simply Devine!!

Dressed with our house BBQ sauce and house-made ranch dressing, topped with crispy bacon and melted American cheese.

Smothered Queso
Served open-faced on golden Texas toast topped with sautéed mushrooms, green peppers, and onions smothered in our homemade queso cheese sauce and cheddar-jack.

Mushroom & Swiss
Our famous burger topped with a bountiful amount of sautéed mushrooms & Swiss cheese.

El Diablo
Topped with bacon, jalapenos, chipotle buffalo sauce, and pepper-jack cheese.

Black & Bleu
Loaded with Cajun seasonings and topped with bleu cheese crumbles

Wobbly Melt
Placed between two slices of golden Texas Toast with American and Swiss cheeses, crispy bacon, sautéed onions, and homemade honey mustard. DELISH!!

Bacon Egg & Cheese
Topped with crisp bacon, a fried egg, and American cheese.

Even the pickiest of burger fans are going to love the burgers we serve at our family restaurant in Des Moines. Of course, if you’re not in the mood for a burger while you’re here, our mouthwatering, hickory-smoked BBQ is every bit as delicious! The next time you’re looking for a great meal in a down-home atmosphere, head on over to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. We’ve always got you covered!

Warm Up From a Cold Iowa Winter With These Delicious Drinks

A great big plate full of the best BBQ in Des Moines will definitely warm you up on a cold, Iowa day or night. While you’re waiting for the talented chefs at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive to cook it up for you, we’ve got a few tasty beverages from behind the bar that can start thawing you out.  Here are a few ideas for a delicious drink to tide you over until the food arrives.

Coffee/Tea/Hot Chocolate

Hot tea or coffee always hits the spot on a cold day and when you add some special ingredients from behind the Wobbly Boots BBQ bar, it tastes even better! Some of our favorite coffee add-ins taste wonderful mixed into hot chocolate too. (Perfect for the person that doesn’t mind a bit of dessert before dinner!) These include Bailey’s, Irish Whiskey, Kahlua, and Amaretto.

As for hot tea, it’s a main ingredient in a classic Hot Toddy, which also contains honey, lemon juice, and a hearty shot of whiskey. (Actually, some recipes skip the tea and just use hot water!) An added benefit of this particular cocktail is the fact that it’s also terrific for tackling many symptoms of a winter cold.

Whiskey Drinks

We already mentioned a Hot Toddy above, but whiskey alone has a reputation for warming up a person when the weather gets cold. A shot of whiskey gives you an immediate sensation of warmth because it causes your blood vessels to dilate which brings warm blood closer to the surface of your skin. The feeling won’t last long but it will sure taste great going down! By the time the warmth wears off, your dinner should be hot and ready to take its place.

Bloody Marys

Even though this drink is served over ice, it can still bring the heat! With the proper ingredients added to the base mix, our bartenders can really give your Bloody Mary a spicy kick. Just tell us how hot you think you can handle it. With the addition of some special spices, the right amount of hot sauce, and certain flavored vodkas, you’ll soon be enjoying a cocktail that will definitely warm you up.

Cold Beer & Hot BBQ

If you aren’t the type of person that likes to drink hot beverages along with a hot meal, once the food arrives you may want to switch over to drinking something cold and refreshing. For example, our large selection of 18 different draft beers is a popular choice to pair with hickory-smoked BBQ. We always keep a nice selection of locally brewed Iowa beers on tap too, so you know we’ll have something you’ll love!

The talented bartenders at our BBQ restaurant & bar in Des Moines are here to help you decide exactly which drink you’ll enjoy most to go along with your meal. If you happen to join us during Happy Hour any Monday-Friday from 3-6 pm, you may even get some of those awesome drinks at a discounted price! Hot or cold, we’ll make sure you get something refreshing and delicious.

When You Can’t Decide… Combination Meals to the Rescue!

The menu at our Des Moines BBQ restaurant features an enormous variety of items, both BBQ and non-BBQ dishes, that make it extremely difficult to choose what to order. (They’re all so darn good!) For those days when you simply can’t decide, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse is here to help with some fantastic combination meals. That way, you get to enjoy more than one of your favorite foods at the same time!

BBQ Trio Plate

Even if you come into Wobbly Boots BBQ determined to enjoy one of our mouthwatering hickory-smoked meats, you’ve still got to choose which one. Not to worry, because we have a plate for that! The BBQ Trio Plate combines your choice of 3 types of meat to total a full pound of yumminess! (We’ve also got a Double-Meat Plate too if you’re not quite hungry enough for 3.)

  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Smoked Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Tender Smoked Brisket
  • Our House Favorite Brisket Burnt Ends

Chicken & Rib Combo

Our hickory-smoked meats go beyond just what we offer for sandwiches and smoked meat plates. We couldn’t call ourselves a BBQ restaurant without knowing how to smoke a succulent rack of ribs, but we also deliciously slow-smoke chicken over hickory as well. When you order this tasty dish, you get the best of both worlds all on one plate!

Ribbies & Wings

The appetizer menu is another section where you’ll find hickory-smoked goodness throughout. Our Wobbly Wings are a customer favorite, but those Baby Back Ribs are hard to resist too. With this menu item, you get 4 of each. Delicious!

Wobbly Boots Sampler

Craving a bit more than just Ribbies & Wings? Then you’ll want to take a look at this amazing sampler platter. Not only do you get 4 Baby Back Ribs and 4 Wobbly Wings, but we also pile on 4 of our Famous Onion Rings and 4 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp. For this plate, you’d better come in hungry or willing to share with the rest of the table!

Cowboy Cobb

If you’re trying to include more vegetables in your diet but the smell of our savory, hickory-smoked meats is tempting you to skip the salad, you don’t have to. Our Cowboy Cobb, also referred to as the “King of Salads,” allows you to have your salad and your BBQ too! A chilled bowl of crisp greens is generously topped with our smoked ham and turkey, plus crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cheddar-jack cheese, and our 5-cheese mozzarella blend. This one satisfies even the biggest of appetites and it’s available in a half-portion too.

Mac & Cheese Burger

Sometimes the main dish is an easy decision, like our Black Angus burgers, but you’re still having a hard time deciding between our many homestyle side dishes. With this dish, our famous homemade Mac & Cheese already comes on the burger but you still get to enjoy another savory side dish along with the meal! (Although the diner in the picture below opted for double Mac & Cheese. We totally get that!)

Not only are the combination plates at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive a great way to keep from having to decide between your favorite foods, but they’re also a wonderful way to try more than one of our menu items in the same visit. The next time you bring the gang to our family restaurant in Des Moines, consider ordering one of these delicious dishes. You won’t be disappointed!

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