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Wobbly Boots BBQ


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!

The Best Onion Rings for National Onion Ring Day

Saturday, June 22, 2019, is National Onion Rings Day. America has a slight obsession with all things fried, but how can you blame us when it tastes so doggone good? Fryers create some of the best bar food in Des Moines. Our Famous Onion Rings are a perfect example of that.

At Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive, we’ve created a side dish so incredible in our onion rings that they’ve earned a spot on the appetizer menu too!  Some even say our giant onion rings are practically a meal by themselves!

The Boots’ Famous Onion Rings

First, we start with great big, fresh, crispy yellow onions. These are cut into thick rings, then bathed in buttermilk. After that, we hand-bread them in our specially seasoned flour. The final step is placing them in the fryer until they are a perfect golden brown.

A side of chipotle ranch finishes the preparation, and your server brings them out to you hot, crisp, and irresistible! The only bad thing about our onion rings is the few moments you have to wait for them to cool off enough to bite into!

How Do You Dip?

Your favorite family restaurant in Des Moines prefers to serve our delicious onion rings with a side of chipotle ranch, but they are also incredible dipped in ketchup or our house-made BBQ sauce. During our research, we found a few other sauces that people enjoy dipping their onion rings into. One older cookbook calls for a sauce made of melted butter and mustard. Here are a few other variations we came across. How do they sound to you? (Personally, we’d stick with the chipotle ranch!)

  • Tangy ketchup
  • Yogurt
  • Sour Cream
  • Cheese Dip

Onion Ring History

As with many popular foods, the official origin of the onion ring is unclear. Many different stories lay claim to creating this brilliant food. Here are a few of those stories.

  • A Crisco advertisement in 1933 showed up in the New York Times featuring a recipe for deep-fried onion rings. It called for rings of onions to be dipped in milk and then dredged in flour. (That sounds about right to us!)
  • Kirby’s Pig Stand, a restaurant chain founded in Oak Cliff, Texas with over 100 locations across the U.S.A in the 1940s, claims to have created the onion ring in the early 1920s. They also state that Texas Toast was all their idea too.
  • Even before that, the Middleton New York Daily Times published a recipe for French Fried Onions in 1910. They don’t claim that this is the original onion ring, but it is dated earlier than the other claims and it sounds pretty familiar.
  • One more recipe discovered in John Mollard’s cookbook “The Art of Cookery Made Easy and Refined” in 1802 was titled “Fried Onions with Parmesan Cheese.” Calling for rings of onions dipped in a batter of flour, cream, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese all deep fried in “boiling” lard, this is definitely a predecessor to the onion ring we know and love today.

Whether you choose to order our Famous Onion Rings as an upgraded side dish alongside the best BBQ in the Des Moines area or on a great big plate as an appetizer to enjoy with an ice-cold beer, you know you’re going to get the best onion ring in Iowa served to you every time. Come in to Wobbly Boots Roadhouse in Clive soon and give them a try. We’ve gotta warn you though, it’s hard to eat just one!

7 Fun Facts About an Irresistible Side Dish – Good Ol’ Mac & Cheese

Even though Wobbly Boots Roadhouse‘s homemade Mac & Cheese is most often considered a side dish, for some people it’s a big reason they dine at our BBQ restaurant in Des Moines. Our version is so rich, creamy, and savory that it’s nearly as famous as our award-winning hickory-smoked BBQ!

As a matter of fact, we make an entire meal out of it on the kids’ menu and it’s even become a main ingredient on one of our signature burgers. (Appropriately known as the Mac & Cheese Burger.) If you are a mac & cheese fan (and we know you all are) you will be interested to learn the intriguing facts we found out about this tasty treat.

  • English Origins

    Since macaroni is pasta, many assume it’s an Italian dish but it is actually of English origin.

  • It’s a Classic

    There is evidence that this dish made of pasta and cheese has been around since the 14th century. Two recipes were found in medieval cookbooks. One was made with parmesan and pasta and the other contained fresh, hand-cut pasta sandwiched between a mix of melted butter and cheese.

  • From Italy to the U.S.

    Even though this dish is English in origin, the story of mac & cheese coming to the United States did begin in Italy. American president Thomas Jefferson discovered the food while in Paris. In 1793, he commissioned the American ambassador to Paris to purchase the machine used for making macaroni. Not quite able to recreate the taste he fell in love with, Jefferson later had macaroni and parmesan cheese imported to Monticello, his primary plantation. There he served this favorite food at a state dinner as “a pie called macaroni” and our country’s fascination with mac & cheese was born.

  • Making the Top Ten

    Mac & cheese is consistently in top ten lists for favorite comfort foods as well as favorite kids’ foods. (We believe the mac & cheese at the Boot is delicious enough to claim the #1 spot on both of those lists!)

  • A Famous Color

    Macaroni & cheese become a Crayola crayon color in 1993 as a part of their orange hue family.

  • The Perfect Pairing

    Apparently, it is said the burgundy wine is the perfect wine to pair with mac & cheese. We’re definitely willing to give that a try, but we also enjoy it with an ice-cold Iowa-brewed beer or a big refreshing glass of iced tea and our youngest diners seem to enjoy it with a healthy glass of milk.

  • A Tasty Holiday

    This amazing side dish gets its own national holiday on the calendar every year – July 14. (Of course, when you come into our Des Moines family restaurant, we’re ready to “celebrate” mac & cheese with you any day of the year, 7 days a week!)

Mac & Cheese at the Boot

The mac & cheese at Wobbly Boots BBQ  is primarily served as one of our many homestyle side dishes, either in a cup or, for those that simply can’t get enough of it, in a bigger boat. As we mentioned earlier, it is one of the most popular meals on our kids’ menu & our Mac & Cheese Burger combines two favorite foods into one mouthwatering sandwich. Come in soon and enjoy a cup (or a boat) for yourself!

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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