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The 7 Best BBQ Restaurants in Des Moines

Updated: March 22, 2021

Figuring out which ones are Des Moines’s top restaurants has never been easier. To get you the definitive list of the best restaurants, we assessed the best review and restaurant sites incorporating millions of expert and diner reviews. Scroll down to compare ratings, reviews, prices, and hours in one place, and make your decision easier than ever.

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The BBQ Schacht

Google: 4.7
Yelp: 4.5

BBQ Pete's

Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque

Burien, Evansville
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5


Federal Way, Twin Lakes
Google: 4.2
Yelp: 4.5

Pac Island Grill

Federal Way, Steel Lake
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Famous Dave's BBQ - Tukwila

Google: 4.0
Yelp: 3.0

Jimmy Mac's Roadhouse

Federal Way
Google: 4.3
Yelp: 3.5

How did we curate these results?

We know how tough it is to find the best restaurant in Des Moines. We analyzed 10951 Des Moines restaurants on Yelp and Google, 1095134 Des Moines restaurant reviews, and 1286 lists and articles – looking closely at what Three Best Rated had to say – and applied our Feastfox magic. These top contenders have appeared in Three Best Rated - Best Barbecue Restaurants in Kent. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their updated available services, so you can actually enjoy the food we show. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

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