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Why Eat BBQ For Dinner?… Why Not! 5 Great Reasons To Do It

When faced with so many different available dining choices when you go out, you may have to do a little convincing to get everyone in the group to agree on one place. When you’re craving the best BBQ in Des Moines and simply nothing else will satisfy that hunger, you may need to do some convincing to get everyone on the same page.

If the people in your group have already tasted the food from Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, it will be an easy argument to win! If they haven’t yet had the pleasure, here are 5 excellent reasons to share that will convince them BBQ is the only way to go.

#1 – It Tastes Great!

In our humble opinion, that should be enough reason to choose BBQ for your next meal! Not all BBQ is equal though, so you may need to tell your friends just why Wobbly Boots BBQ is worth the trip. First of all, we slow-smoke our meats over hickory for the intense, rich, full-bodied flavor that only hickory can bring out. After years of practice and perfection, our cooks know exactly how long to leave each meat in the smoker to make sure it reaches its most mouthwatering potential.

Add to that deliciousness our house recipe BBQ sauce and special dry rubs, and you’ve got a taste that will leave anyone wanting to come back again and again. Both the cooking process and the sauce recipe make up our hybrid-style of BBQ which was inspired by the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A.: Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, Texas, and the deep South. We learned from the greats, but created a flavor that you will only find here at the Boot!

#2 – LOTS of Variety on the Menu

You may be faced with one person in your group that swears they don’t like BBQ, no matter how it’s prepared. (Yes, we know that sounds strange, but there are a couple of people out there. Maybe they just haven’t tried Wobbly Boots BBQ ye!) For the friend that refuses to eat BBQ, mention all of the non-BBQ items that can also be found on our menu.

For example, we have Spinach Artichoke Dip and Crab Stuffed Mushrooms for starters, plus savory salads, fantastic flatbreads, Black Angus Burgers, and sandwiches like the Catfish BLT and our Famous Tenderloin. (An Iowa tradition!) The menu also has entrees like juicy steaks and a Hot Smoked Turkey that’s a very popular choice around here.

#3 – LOTS of BBQ Choices

Back to the cool people that do appreciate the wonder that is BBQ, they’ve got tons of choices too. As a matter of fact, we cook up so many different ways for you to enjoy our hickory-smoked meats, you’ll need to keep coming back, again and again, to give them all a try but by the time you do that, we just may come up with a few more!

The many hickory-smoked meats we offer include, but are not limited to:

  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Sliced Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Tender Smoked Beef Brisket
  • Brisket Burnt Ends
  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Chicken
  • Wobbly Wings

#4 – All Ages Love the Boot

If it’s the family that you’re trying to convince rather than a group of friends, the atmosphere and down-home hospitality of our family restaurant in Des Moines will make everyone feel right at home. Young diners will be pleased with the choices on our kids’ menu, which include favorites like Chicken Strips, Mini Corn Dogs, Cheeseburger, Grilled Cheese, and Mac & Cheese. There’s even a kid’s version of our Pork Sliders if they’re ready to start moving toward becoming a smoked meat lover.

Let them use our tasty BBQ sauce for dipping and they’ll be hooked! The very best part is that eating BBQ encourages you to get a little messy, which kids absolutely love. As long as you take care of cleaning up yourselves when you’re done (we have plenty of wet naps for you) we’re happy to clean up all of the dishes. (Which of course, Mom and Dad love!)

#5 – BBQ Pairs Perfectly With Beer & Sports

Sports fans will be thrilled to find out they can eat BBQ while enjoying all of their favorite sports on our 17 TVs which are placed strategically throughout the restaurant. It doesn’t matter whether you pull up a seat at the bar or a table in the dining room, you won’t miss any of the action.

Ice-cold beer is an excellent beverage to wash down a plate full of hickory-smoked BBQ. Here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, we not only have a wide selection of bottled beers but 18 incredible beers on tap as well. We always have a wonderful selection of local Iowa beers mixed in there too, because after all, Iowans know how to brew an amazing beer! If you didn’t know that already, come in soon and let us pour one for you.

Well, while writing this we’ve certainly convinced ourselves that dinner at our BBQ restaurant & bar in Des Moines sounds like a perfect idea tonight, and we’re willing to bet you think so too! Now all you have to do is share this wisdom with all of your friends and you’ll be dining at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in no time.

Try Our Savory Salads & Fantastic Flatbreads

Although we advertise ourselves mainly as a BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, that’s not the only delicious dish we specialize in. The menu at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive is full of all kinds of amazing flavors. There’s truly something for everyone, even if you have fellow diners in your group that aren’t particularly BBQ lovers. (Hard to believe, but a few do exist!) You’ll find black Angus burgers, juicy steaks, Southern comfort foods, down-home sandwiches, and so much more. Today we’ll be featuring two other alternative menu items, our savory salads and fantastic flatbreads.

Go For the Greens

Salads are a great way to get in a full serving of fresh, healthy vegetables. Some might say that a simple salad isn’t enough to fill them up, but a Wobbly Boots BBQ salad is anything but simple! These particular salads are more than enough to satisfy your hunger plus we add our hickory-smoked meats to many of them for that special Wobbly Boots twist. Whether you want to eat lightly or heartily, our salads will take care of you. Dressing choices include; Ranch, French, Honey Mustard, Chipotle Ranch, Blue Cheese, Italian, Fat-Free Ranch, and Thousand Island.

The Garden Salad
A crisp blend of greens topped with cheddar-jack, five cheese mozzarella blend, tomatoes, and red onions.

Cowboy Cobb
The king of salads! A chilled bowl of crisp greens generously topped with smoked ham & turkey, crumbled bacon, hard-boiled egg, avocado, tomatoes, red onion, cheddar-jack & our five cheese mozzarella blend. This one’s so large, we even offer it in a half-sized portion!

Bacon-Shrimp Salad
A giant chilled salad bowl filled with mixed greens, bleu cheese crumbles, diced tomatoes, red onions, a hard-boiled egg, and finished with jumbo bacon wrapped shrimp.

Grilled Chicken Salad
Our giant chilled salad bowl filled with mixed greens, diced tomatoes, red onions, cheddar-jack cheese, five cheese mozzarella blend, bacon, and a hard-boiled egg topped with a charbroiled chicken breast.

Chicken Strip Salad
Our large chilled salad bowl filled with mixed leafy greens and generously topped with tomatoes, red onions, five cheese mozzarella blend, and finished with our hand-breaded tender chicken strips. Also, try your chicken “buffalo style” for a little spicier version.

Big City Flatbreads

Very similar to pizza (which everyone loves) flatbreads are made form a thinner, crispier crust using lighter toppings and sauce. Often something other than tomato sauce is used, as you’ll see in the following irresistible flatbread creations we’ve come up with at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse.


Crab Rangoon
Wobbly Boots own crab rangoon filling slathered on our flatbread pizza crust, topped with our five cheese pizza blend and finished with fried won tons and a sweet chili drizzle. A customer favorite!

BBQ Brisket
Our homemade BBQ sauce spread over our flatbread pizza crust, topped with slow smoked brisket, red onion, and a combination of our five cheese pizza blend & cheddar jack cheese. Outstanding flavor!!

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

We start with our thin flatbread pizza crust, spread on our homemade cheese sauce, add our five cheese pizza blend, and top all of that with smoked ham, bacon crumbles, lettuce, and tomatoes, all drizzled with ranch dressing.

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


So there you go. For those very few non-BBQ fans out there, and when the BBQ lovers are simply in the mood to try something different, the gigantic salads and creative flatbreads at our family restaurant in Des Moines are excellent items to tempt your taste buds. Just like all of the meals coming out of the kitchen at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse, they are absolutely delicious!

The Intriguing History of a Delicious Appetizer – the Fried Pickle

Fried pickles are a delicious appetizer, but surprisingly enough, not a menu item that a lot of people have given a try. That seems strange to us because just about everyone loves pickles and pretty much no one can resist anything deep-fried. Also, they taste delicious paired with the best BBQ in Des Moines! The fried pickle is actually a delicacy throughout the southern United States and we’ve brought our own delicious version to Iowa at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse.

Whether you decide to have fried pickles for a snack, an appetizer, or as a delicious side dish, it’s an item that is sure to be a new favorite once you’ve tasted it. Here at the Boot, each order consists of a half-pound of pickle chips that have been hand-breaded in our specially seasoned flour and then fried to a beautiful golden brown. We serve them with a side of chipotle ranch, and they even taste amazing dipped in our very own house-made BBQ sauce.


Who Invented the Fried Pickle?

While our family restaurant in Des Moines has one of the best fried pickle recipes you’ll ever experience, we can’t take credit for inventing this tasty treat. As with most origin stories, more than one person takes credit for coming up with the recipe. There is record of a “French Fried Pickle” recipe being published as early as 1962 for the Food Editors Conference in New York.

Another story, which sounds like it originated too late to truly be the original, is from the Hollywood Cafe out of Hollywood, Mississippi. Their tale from 1969 begins with a crowded restaurant and a cook without enough catfish to feed them all. In desperation, he reached for the industrial-sized jar of dill pickles that was handy, rolled them in the catfish batter, dropped them in the fryer, and served them to the patrons. They were an immediate hit.



Perhaps the most popular story, which seems to fit into a more plausible time frame, is out of Atkins, Arkansas. In 1963, Bernell “Fatman” Austin owned the Duchess Drive-In across the highway from the Atkins Pickle Plant. (FYI: Atkins is known as the pickle capital of Arkansas!) Staring across the street at the pickle plant, Bernell was inspired to create a recipe. That particular recipe is a well-guarded, family secret to this day. You can now only get a taste of Bernell’s original creation once a year at the annual Picklefest held in May in Atkins. The family dishes up about 2,500 orders of the “Fatman’s Original Fried Dill Pickles” at every festival and the money raised is used for scholarships and charities that Bernell supported.

At some point in the late 1990s, three high school friends brought the southern deep-fried pickle to the Minnesota State Fair, calling them the “Preferred Pickle.” They were so popular, the same three friends began manufacturing them under KWF Foods and selling them to the food service industry.



Try Some at the Boot

Regardless of who truly get the credit for inventing the original fried pickle, our Des Moines BBQ restaurant has perfected our own recipe! The next time you’re here, live a little and try something new. Ask for an order of Wobbly Boots BBQ’s delicious fried pickles from the appetizer menu and you just may have found your new favorite dish!

Iowa BBQ & Iowa Beer – A Match Made in Heaven!

You’ll find an impressive selection of ice-cold beer not only in our cooler but also on tap at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse. Among the 18 different draft choices we have in store for you, many of those include the best locally brewed craft beers in Iowa.

Nothing pairs better with BBQ than a flavorful and refreshing Iowa beer! Our draft choices change seasonally, but right now, here are the amazing breweries represented at the Boot along with the beers we currently offer from them.

Front Street Brewery

Having been in continuous operation for nearly 25 years, this is the oldest brewpub & 2nd oldest brewery in the state of Iowa! They have been serving the fine community of Davenport since 1992. Their humble beginnings started with a 7-barrel brewhouse in a basement and today has more than doubled in size and widened their distribution. We proudly serve their

  • Cherry Bomb Blonde


Confluence Brewing Company

Wobbly Boots Roadhouse calls the Des Moines area home, as does this fantastic brewery. Just like our great home state, Confluence beers are honest, hard-working, friendly, and unpretentious! Back in 1991, Confluence’s head brewer, John Martin, found a passion for brewing beer using Iowa’s bountiful crops. After years of brewing beer at home, John met fellow home brewer and co-founder, Ken Broadhead. The two came together to launch Confluence Brewing Company in 2012, and the result is the amazing beer we have on tap for you here at the Boot.

  • Farmer John’s Multi-Grain Ale

  • Des Moines IPA

  • Gray’s Lake Nessie

Exile Brewing Company

Also located right here in Des Moines, these guys describe themselves as “a hand-crafted brewery fueled by the passion of a burn-bright lifestyle and driven by a unique sense of gratitude for the customer, community, and the future of our land.” Each one of their beers is a dedication to both a European tradition and the quality of good old American hard work. Currently, we carry their

  • Ruthie

Peace Tree Brewing Company

Peace Tree Brewing Company has called Knoxville home since 2010. The name comes from the historic grand sycamore that grew near the town of Red Rock, which was a meeting place for many generations of Native Americans, and later a meeting place for fur traders too. The tree is this company’s symbol because they strive to make beers that will be “shared with friends and strangers alike and act as a catalyst for conversations, new friendships, and important agreements – in line with the lore of the Peace Tree of Red Rock.” We currently carry their wonderful

  • Mile Long Lager

  • Blonde Fatale

Boone Valley

This brewery can be found in Boone. (Obviously!) Their journey started as a fun notion to make beer from a kit but soon turned into a passion for making delicious beer. After winning multiple awards it became obvious that these recipes needed their own brewery. Brewer Rick is often referred to as the “Willie Wonka of Beers” and the “Phantom Brewer” around these parts, somewhat of a legend. The Boot is proud to offer their tasty

  • Roxy Red

Firetrucker Brewery

The people behind this local brewery in Ankeny live, breathe, and eat local. Only local Iowa ingredients are used to make their beers. A sense of innovation, a sense of community, and the desire to improve life are at the forefront during the creation of each of their beers. You can expect to get lots of flavor while still maintaining a clean finish. On tap, we have their

  • Pumper Truck Porter

  • Uptown IPA

Even More Draft Choices

In addition to the Iowa beers we proudly offer on tap, Wobbly Boots BBQ also has many of the mainstream favorites you know and love. With St. Patrick’s Day coming up this weekend, you may want to enjoy a pint of Guinness along with the return of a former menu item, our classic Reuben, making a special holiday appearance. Even if you are a die-hard Iowa beer fan, it’s okay to show a bit of Irish pride on St. Patrick’s Day.

When it comes to quenching your thirst, our BBQ restaurant & bar in Des Moines has much more than just beer waiting for you, but the beer we do have is the best-tasting beer you could possibly choose from. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse makes amazing BBQ on a daily basis and these fantastic Iowa breweries make amazing beer. What a great state to live, eat, and drink in!

Your Search for the Best BBQ in Des Moines Stops at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse!

Since 2014, our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines has been serving up the best-tasting hickory-smoked meats in all of Iowa. Before that, the Wobbly Boots Roadhouse at the Lake of the Ozarks had been perfecting the recipes they shared with us for an entire decade, racking up awards along the way. Starting with inspiration from our good friends in Osage Beach plus the creative input of the talented kitchen crew at our own Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, the result is a menu full of delicious BBQ dishes for you to enjoy 7 days a week!

Our Unique BBQ Style

The Boot has a very unique approach when it comes to creating irresistible BBQ. It’s a hybrid style inspired by the BBQ meccas of the U.S.A. – Kansas City, St. Louis, Memphis, and Texas. All the best things about those amazing styles are what creates a BBQ flavor we are proud to call our own.

First, we slow-smoke our succulent meats over hickory allowing the incredible flavors of each type of meat to come through boldly. Next, those meats are coated (or served with a side of) our flavorful, house-made BBQ sauce. The end result is a plate full of hickory-smoked BBQ goodness that tickles your taste buds and satisfies even the biggest hunger!

So Many Choices!

You can enjoy our Wobbly Boots BBQ in sandwich form or by the plateful. Those incredible meats are used as a delicious added ingredient to many of our non-BBQ dishes on the menu too, like salads, nachos, giant baked potatoes, and much more. Here is a look at our main BBQ creations.

Smoked Meat on a Bun

All of our slow-smoked meats are served on a freshly toasted bun. Sandwiches are always served “wet” (sauced) but feel free to ask us to leave it off if you prefer to sauce the sandwich yourself. Each of these plates also comes with your choice of one of our homestyle side dishes.

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

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

Beef Brisket
Our brisket is generously rubbed with our secret house seasonings and then slow-smoked over hickory for 10 hours. We thick slice it with all the juice and bark to ensure the most mouthwatering and tender brisket possible.

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

100% white meat turkey breast – rubbed, smoked, then sliced. Tender & Delicious!!

Burnt Ends
A Customer Favorite!! Our process begins with slow-smoked brisket, we cut it into small chunks then cover it in extra rub, our house BBQ sauce, and delicious Guinness beer. We then re-smoke it for hours ensuring a tender, flavorful, one-of-a-kind taste. Absolutely Delicious!!!

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.

Single Meat Plate
Your choice of any 1 of our smoked meats.
Double Meat Plate
Your choice of 2 different slow-smoked meats.
BBQ Trio
A great way to try a variety of our slow-smoked meats! Choose any 3 different meats…Totaling a full pound!!!
The meats you may choose from include:
  • Hand-Pulled Pork
  • Sliced Turkey Breast
  • Sweet Smoked Italian Sausage
  • Applewood Smoked Ham
  • Tender Smoked Brisket
  • Our House Favorite Brisket Burnt Ends

Classic Bar-B-Que

These fantastic BBQ dinners are all served with Texas toast and your choice of any two of our savory homestyle side dishes.

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.

Half Chicken
Tremendous Flavor!! A half chicken generously rubbed in our house spice then slow-smoked over hickory and finished on our 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.

Half Rack of Ribs & 1 Smoked Meat

Half Chicken & 1 Smoked Meat

That’s a quick look at the many choices you have for hickory-smoked meats in Des Moines from the Boot. Throughout our extensive menu, you’ll find even more hickory-smoked delicacies like Wobbly Wings, Smoked Prime Rib, and more. We’ll be expecting to see you soon at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse for lunch, dinner, or possibly a mid-day snack. After that, we expect to be seeing you quite often, again and again!

A Great Place in Des Moines the Entire Family Will Love

Our family-friendly restaurant in Des Moines is the perfect place for Mom, Dad, and all the kids to enjoy a delicious meal together in a homey atmosphere. When you do this at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive instead of around your own dinner table, we take care of the cooking and cleaning, and all you have to do is enjoy!

2 Days a Week, Kids Eat Free!

We have an extensive menu with flavors sure to please everyone in your group, and for the younger diners (age 10 and under) that aren’t quite ready for a full-sized meal, our incredible kid’s menu is there to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters.

As an added bonus, every Sunday evening and all day on Tuesdays, KIDS EAT FREE!!! You can order 1 free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult meal when you dine in our Des Moines BBQ restaurant. All kids’ meals come with a drink, and one of our signature sides. The main dish choices include:

  • Chicken Strips
  • Mini Corn Dogs
  • Kids Cheeseburger
  • Grilled Cheese
  • Pork Slider
  • Boat of Mac & Cheese

Family Dinner Table Rules

Well, these aren’t “rules” so much as they are “guidelines” to help you and your family have the best dinner out you can possibly have. You’re a part of the Wobbly Boots BBQ family while you are here, and we want to make sure everyone is having a great time.

  1. Get messy!
    If you’re truly enjoying your BBQ, you’re going to get some on you. That’s what napkins are for, and we’ve got plenty of wet wipes and soap in the bathroom to clean you up when you’re done.
  2. Share
    We encourage everyone, especially the kids, to try something new every time you order from our menu. It’s the best way to expand your tastes and find new flavors to love. If everyone shares a little bit of what they ordered with each other, you’ll all get to try lots of new things.
  3. Have fun
    We’re taking care of the cooking, serving, and cleaning for you. This means that the whole family can spend the entire meal catching up with each other, sharing stories, and enjoying each other’s company.

Take the Boot Home With You

You can purchase bottles of our homemade BBQ sauce and take home some of the delicious flavor we are known for. Carryout is always an option too, so you and the gang can have the best food in the Des Moines area in the comfort of your own home. We’ll do the cooking and you can use the free time that provides to watch a movie together or host a family game night.
Don’t forget about us the next time you get the entire extended family together too. Wobbly Boots Roadhouse can cater all of your get-togethers with our hickory-smoked meats and family-style side dishes.
Plan a family night right now and get it started by loading everyone into the car and bringing them on over to the Boot. Our family is ready and waiting to show your family a great night out filled with amazing food and plenty of fun.

What Are People Saying About Wobbly Boots Roadhouse? Take a Look…

We absolutely love seeing familiar faces here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse because that means that people are enjoying themselves when they come into our Des Moines BBQ restaurant enough to keep coming back. It’s also exciting for us to see new faces wander into the Boot because that means we have a chance to impress someone new and earn even more “regulars.”

For those of you that are brand new to our family restaurant in Des Moines, we’ve pulled together a few customer reviews about us from around the internet. Don’t just take our word for it that you’re going to love the Boot, listen to these folks. Their happy experiences showcase what you can expect when you join us.


“Great smoked meat sandwich! They have the widest and tastiest onion rings I’ve ever had. I’ll post more the next time because I’m going back!” ~Ronnie Fairchild

“The food at this place is delicious! I had the Brisky sandwich – brisket and smoked turkey smothered in delicious white cheese – and loved it! A friend had onion rings and they were huge and fried to perfection (and tasty…I stole one to try along with some of the dip.) Oh… and I forgot to mention the to die for cornbread appetizer – served piping hot with honey butter – smells wonderful and tastes even better!”
~Todd Braun

“I love Wobbly. Spectacular BBQ for a great value. Always wonderful service and you will most likely not be waiting more than 10 min at most for your food. Staff is usually on point as they make sure you are enjoying the dining experience. I’ll forever be a customer as I’ve never had a poor experience at any time and I’ve been here dozens of times.” ~Cory Mitchell

“Good barbecue. Wife is not a barbecue fanatic. This place may have won her over! Woohoo for me!” ~Rod Schwenneker


“We stopped over for the night and ate here. The food was good and the service was great. Portions seemed very reasonable. The Cowboy Cobb Salad was HUGE!” ~Roberta B.

“Cool Place… Great BBQ: The Wobbly Boots Roadhouse restaurant has a great “country and western” atmosphere. We ate on the bar side and it is an excellent place to watch a game with numerous TVs. They had a nice selection of craft beers on tap with many local varieties. I had a brisket sandwich and it was excellent! I will definitely come back when visiting Des Moines.” ~RobR896

“WOW!!! Went for lunch one afternoon to check this place out. My husband ordered the tenderloin with a side of beans, and I ordered the burnt ends sandwich with a side of fries. The burnt ends were falling off the bun and were delicious! Very generously heaped! The tenderloin could have filled two or three buns easily and had an amazing breading. Everything was very good. The service was fantastic – refilling drinks and getting us everything we needed before we asked. Christina was our server and was very friendly and personable. The atmosphere and look of the place is cool and very original country type style, fitting with the food served. The menu offered a large variety from burgers, flatbreads, appetizers, sandwiches, platters, wraps. Definitely will be back!” ~JerriAL1

photo from TripAdvisor review


“Great food, great drinks, and great service!! But best of all this place is peanut safe!! As a grandmother to a grandson who is allergic to peanuts, what a relief to know they do not have anything on the menu that comes in contact with peanuts!! They should be proud and say it loud!!” ~Kerri Allen Rubenbauer

“The waitresses were great with our party of 30.” ~Chris McKnight Wilmeth

“Haven’t had a bad experience yet! Atmosphere is fantastic, great place to get great food and not have to get dressed up. And we can watch sports!” ~Stacy Henningsen

“The food, while reasonably priced, is delicious. The sweet Italian sausage and the brisket burnt ends are really good. The atmosphere is a relaxed, western theme sports bar. The staff is friendly.” ~Colleen Jones

“The Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Salad is the bomb!!! Such great food and service!!” ~Kris Meyer Neal

“Great food. Reasonable prices. The brisket is amazing. I had the burnt ends tonight they are fabulous. The cheese corn side is still my favorite.” ~Tara Adams Knapp

If they all like us, there’s a really good chance that you will too! Stop by soon and give our special brand of hickory-smoked meats in Des Moines a try. There’s a little something for everyone, so bring the gang along with you too!

An Iowa Tradition – The Famous Pork Tenderloin

Our expertise at creating the most savory hickory-smoked meats makes it obvious that we would serve BBQ, but the fact that we’re located in Iowa means that we needed to serve the best pork tenderloin in Des Moines too. After all, the pork tenderloin is an Iowa tradition, and here at Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, we do our best to do this classic Iowa sandwich proud.

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

The Famous 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!

We start out with a more-than-generous portion of meat. (This is one GIGANTIC sandwich!) Next, our chefs 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
  • Cheesy Corn & Ham
  • Legendary Baked Beans
  • Baked Potato
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Green Beans with Bacon
  • Homemade Mac & Cheese
  • Gourmet Potato Salad
  • Smashed Potatoes & Gravy
  • Seasoned Fries
  • Sweet Potato Fries

The Pork Tenderloin at Wobbly Boots BBQ is one of our most popular dishes, but it’s far from your only choice. It’s in great company with 12 other Down Home Sandwiches on the menu. This is, of course, in addition to the many types of hickory-smoked meats, BBQ dinners, burgers, salads, flatbreads, appetizers, and much more that you will be offered when you come in for lunch or dinner. You may not be absolutely sure which dish you’ll be having when you come into our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines, but one thing is for sure, you’re going to be happy and satisfied when you’re done eating!

When You Simply Can’t Decide… Sample It All!

There is an enormous variety of delicious food to choose from on the menu at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines. Sometimes that can make it extremely difficult to narrow your decision down to just one dish. On days like that, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse has you covered! Some of our menu items have brilliantly combined more than one dish so that instead of having to choose, you can (almost) have it all!

Wobbly Boots Sampler

This is an excellent sampling of some of our very best appetizers. This mountain of food contains 4 Famous Onion Rings, 4 Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, 4 Baby Back Ribs, and 4 Wobbly Wings. It’s perfect for sharing but you can also make a meal out of it if you’re not in the mood to share!

Ribbies & Wings

This appetizer is for those times when the Wobbly Boots Sampler is a bit more than you’re hungry for. It contains 4 Baby Back Ribs and 4 Wobbly Wings. Be warned though, this sample-size of each of those hickory-smoked delicacies just may whet your appetite and leave you wanting more!

Bacon Egg & Cheese Burger

We serve up the best brunch in Des Moines every Saturday & Sunday, which means our breakfast options are every bit as tempting as our lunch and dinner items. When you simply can’t pick which one you’d rather have, or if it happens to be a weekday but you’re craving our breakfast, we’ve combined it all on a big, juicy burger! We took our flavorful Farm Boy Burger and topped it with crisp bacon, a fried egg, and good ol’ American cheese. Breakfast for dinner on a fresh, soft bun!

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.

BBQ Trio Plate

Even if you come into Wobbly Boots Roadhouse positive that you’re going to order one of our mouthwatering hickory-smoked meats, you’re then faced with the decision of which one! Not to worry, because we have a plate for that too. The BBQ Trio plate combines your choice of 3 types of meat to total a full pound of yumminess! Choices include:

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

We also offer you the option of a Double-Meat Plate. Both are served along with Texas Toast and your choice of 2 of our Home Style Side Dishes.

The next time that you’re in the mood for the best BBQ in Des Moines but don’t want to think too hard about which delicious dish to pick, go for one of the menu items mentioned above. That way you get a wonderful sampling of lots of different fantastic flavors, all of which are bound to leave you full and satisfied!

Down Home Sandwich Creations You’re Absolutely Going To LOVE! 😍

We’re well-known for having the best BBQ in Des Moines, but there’s even more to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse than just that type of savory meal. Our menu is filled with a wide variety of delicious treats to eat, each one more than delicious enough to satisfy any hunger!

For example, you won’t believe the number of sandwiches we have to offer. Here’s a closer look at our Down Home Sandwiches portion of the menu. The descriptions and photos are going to make your mouth water, but they’re even more taste-tempting when you get yourself into the Boot and give them a try!


Each one of these irresistible taste sensations also comes with one of our homestyle side dishes. You’d better show up hungry!

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

Our tender slow-smoked brisket and our delicious turkey breast with pepper jack cheese and a touch of BBQ sauce on a toasted bun. Delicious!

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

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

Sausage Philly
Our house-smoked sweet Italian sausage with sautéed green peppers and onions topped with melted Swiss cheese and served on a toasted ciabatta.

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

Buffalo Chicken
An all-white chicken breast, hand-breaded and fried to golden perfection, smothered in chipotle buffalo sauce and topped with crispy bacon and pepper-jack cheese. Pickle, lettuce, onion, and tomato available upon request.

Catfish BLT
A catfish fillet coated in seasoned cornmeal and fried to a golden brown served on a ciabatta roll with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and chipotle mayo.

Brisket Grilled Cheese
Our tender brisket generously layered between two slices of thick sourdough with BBQ sauce, sautéed onions, and good ol’ American cheese.

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.

The Griller
A customer favorite! Two slices of sourdough bread with American & Swiss cheeses, crisp bacon, and smoked ham & 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.

Famous Iowa Tenderloin
An Iowa tradition! This generous cut of pork tenderloin is tenderized, hand-dipped, then breaded in
our seasoned flour and bread crumbs. As big as the plate… We are extremely proud of this one!!!


If you happen to be in a sandwich type of mood but simply can’t resist our hickory-smoked Wobbly Boots BBQ, you’re in luck. We also offer all of our hickory-smoked meats topped with house-made BBQ sauce in sandwich form served on a freshly toasted bun. No matter what you’re craving when you join us at Des Moine’s favorite family restaurant, we’ll cook something up for you that is sure to satisfy!

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