Looking to spoil the dad in your life this Father's Day? Treat him to one of the best smoked-and-sauced meals on the Des Moines BBQ scene by taking him to one of these four, delicious spots.
Jethro's BBQ n' Bacon Bacon
Want to know the only thing more quintessentially Iowan than taking dad out for BBQ on Father's Day? Taking him to a bacon-themed BBQ restaurant. While all of the greater Des Moines Jethro's establishments deliver fine cuts of meat — Jethro's BBQ n' Bacon Bacon specializes in the saltiest and most satisfying meat of all: bacon. Come hungry and fill up on Jethro's signature Bacon Bacon sandwich. This straight-bacon hoagie dish is crisp, smoked, and savory. It's a downright must-try for dads who dig pork.
Find it: 1480 22nd St, West Des Moines
Hours: 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Info: jethrosdesmoines.com, 515-868-0888
Battle's — the signature campustown BBQ stop for fathers of all ages — provides a warm, colorful experience for BBQ lovers. It's the type of place you want to go to for both delicious food and an authentic aesthetic. If you're coming to lunch, try one of the turkey sandwiches plates; if you're tapping Battle's for a Father's Day dinner, don't hesitate in trying the spare ribs family pack — it's enough food to keep the whole family happy. No matter what time of the day, you're bound to leave full and satisfied.
Find it: 218 Welch Ave, Ames
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily
Woody's Smoke Shack
Woody's, located just south of Drake University, is the perfect place for a patio meal with Dad. It's in a residential neighborhood and various clusters of tables and chairs populate the sidewalk outside the restaurant — giving it an homey feel. When it comes to ordering, go with a smoked ham sandwich. Its warmth makes it feel like the meat is melting right in your mouth. Throw some of the house spicy BBQ sauce on to give it an extra kick.
Find it: 2511 Cottage Grove Ave
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Info: woodyssmokeshack.com, 515-277-0005
Uncle Wendell's BBQ Catering and Bakery
Des Moines' historic Ingersoll Ave. is home to some of the most eclectic restaurants in the city, and Uncle Wendell's is no exception. This colorful joint — painted with bright flames up and down the dining room wall — offers a unique-to-Des Moines dish practically built for spoiling your father on his big day: The Ingersoll. This pulled pork sandwich comes stacked with cucumbers, onions and vinaigrette salad, giving it a flavor as unique as the street it's named after.
Find it: 2716 Ingersoll Ave
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Info: unclewendells.com, 515-288-3207