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The Story of JETHRO'S 'n JAMBALAYA Jethro grew up deep in the hills of Southern California in a little town called Beverly Hills. Jethro lived a good life there with his extended family as he swam and fished everyday in the Los Angeles River, and hunted in the palm tree forest with his bulldog named Jake. Jethro found it difficult to live off the land there in Beverly, as he never caught any fish and only found an occasional raccoon or possum in his gun sights. Jake on the other hand was fed up with poodles. So Jethro and Jake packed up and headed for the Midwest, where the creeks are full of catfish, and the hickory 'n oak forest are full of wild boars. Jethro and Jake walked East during the winter of 2007. They didn't know where they were going, but as they walked, they began hearing more and more buzz about the Land of the Bulldog in a place called Iowa. The word was spreading throughout the nation of a new energy, a new spirit, a new "Bulldog Attitude" in a city called Des Moines. Finally, in the spring of 2008 Jethro and Jake walked onto the Drake campus. On the first day, with the money his Uncle had given him, Jethro bought a 750 pound wood fired smoker. On the 2nd day, Jethro chopped down a hickory and oak tree. On the 3rd day, Jethro fired up his incredible smoker and opened the doors to his new restaurant at 3100 Forest Avenue in Des Moines in April of 2008. Jethro cooked and worked hard. The people of Iowa grew to love him and his food. Jethro thought for a day or two and decided that "bigger is better" and "highest is best". So with the money he saved from his restaurant, he bought a 1,400 pound wood fired smoker, hollered for Jake and headed East, up a hill, to the highest spot in Iowa. There he found a city called Altoona, where horses run fast, roller coasters scream by, teams of Rams play in the grass and the biggest store he ever did see, had his favorite fishing pole. Jethro 'n Jake's Smokehouse Steaks opened in September 2010. On another day, Jethro's Cajun cousin Jasper Bodine blew into Waukee on the winds of a hurricane from the bayous of Louisanna. Jasper carried a pouch with the family secret recipes from his Creole homeland. Jethro was so excited to see Jasper that he bought two 750 pound wood fired smokers. Jasper unpacked his pots and pans. Together they opened the doors to Jethro's 'n Jambalaya in the fastest growing city in all of Iowa. Jethro, Jake and Jasper have found a new home! They are proud as a peacock to welcome you to "Your Waukee Neighborhood Sports Bar." Jethro promises that he will serve you large quantities of his "Amazing Slow Smoked Meats and his homemade Cajun Creole Creations". Jethro, Jake and Jasper are hooping and hollering, excited to be a part of the friendly city of Waukee in the land of the Warriors.


Travel Channel's "Man vs Food" ESPN' National "Fanwich" Runner-Up America's "100 Best BBQ" Restaurants Better Homes and Gardens "Favorite BBQ" Men's Health Magazine "Manliest Restaurant in the Midwest" Travel Channel's Food Paradise "Manliest Restaurant"

FIXIN’S FIRST Wings Hard wood smoked, fried to a crispy finish, tossed in your choice of sauces along with a bleu cheese or ranch dressing. 10 wings 9.95 20 wings 17.95 30 wings 27.95 Jethro's Secret, Georgia Mustard, Carolina, Alabama White, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ Rub, Traditional Buffalo, Chili Teryaki, Hot BBQ, HOT!! Buffalo, Spike's, and Ghost sauce Add 2.00 for all drummies per 10

Bubba’s Boneless Wings Tender white meat chicken soaked in buttermilk & lightly breaded, flash fried to a crispy finish, served with your choice of sauces for dippin Big 8.95 Biggger 11.95 Jethro ,s Secret, Georgia Mustard, Carolina, Alabama White, Garlic Parmesan, BBQ Rub, Traditional Buffalo, Chili Teryaki, Hot BBQ, HOT!! Buffalo, Spike's, Ghost sauce, ranch, bleu cheese

Busters Big Bad BBQ Shrimp Buffalo style are Jethro's favorite. Be like Jethro or pick your favorite from these house made sauces: 1/2 lb 10.95 full lb 18.95 Jethro ,s Secret, Georgia Mustard, Carolina, Alabama White, Hot, Traditional Buffalo, Hot Buffalo or Garlic Parmesan, Chili Teryaki, BBQ Rub

Original Nachos Fresh fried corn chips dusted in our special rub, smothered with white cheddar sauce and shredded cheeses, topped with your choice of house smoked chicken, brisket, or pulled pork, finished with smoked corn pico, guacamole and sour cream. Half 8.95 full 10.95

Onion Rings Sweet onions hand cut, soaked in buttermilk and lightly breaded, flash fried and dusted in our famous rub. 8.95 Half order 7.95

Waffle Fry Nachos Just like our Original Nachos, we substitute waffle fries, and you pick your favorite meat. Jethro will do the rest. Half 9.95 full 11.95

Fried Cheese Aged white cheddar chunks with our special country coating, served warm and gooey with our double secret chipotle garlic sauce. 7.95

Jethro’s Rib Taster (4 bones) Jethro smokes them all day, then he pours on sweet bourbon glaze and serves em over a bed of fries. 9.95

Peel and Eat Shrimp Jasper nets them by the pound and Buster boils them with his secret spices. Served with cocktail and Jambalaya remoulade. 1/2 lb 9.95 full lb 17.95 Chicken Tenders Country fried boneless chicken tenders, tossed in your choice of sauce, or have it on the side for some real dippin fun. 8.95 Quesadillas Fresh flour tortillas, layered with cheese and your choice of smoked chicken, brisket or pulled pork, with smoked corn pico, guacamole, sour cream. 8.95

Gator Not from Florida... these are Bayou gators...Roped, wrestled, breaded and flash fried. Served with Jambalaya remoulade. 11.95 Anna Kay’s Famous Artichoke Dip Served warm and creamy loaded with spinach, artichokes and cheeses, topped with pico & served with a side of tortilla chips for dippin. 6.95 BBQ Sliders Smoked chicken, pulled pork, or brisket, piled high, 3 mini buns, with cheese and fried sweet onions. 9.95

GREEN STUFF Sally Sue Southwestern Crispy Romaine and iceberg lettuce, topped with smoked chicken, or brisket, cheddar and Jack cheeses, pico, guacamole, sour cream and tossed in our double secret chipolte dressing. 9.95 Buffalo Chicken Crisp Romaine and iceberg lettuce, tossed with bleu cheese dressing, topped with buffalo chicken strips and smoked corn pico. 9.95 From the Garden Crisp greens, tossed with your choice of dressing tomatoes and cheese. 6.95 Side salad. 3.50 Dressings, Bleu Cheese, Caesar, Chipotle Ranch, French Cranberry Vinaigrette, Honey Mustard, Ranch, Fat Free Italian The Cindy Sue Caesar Cindy loves garlic, if you order this classic style caesar with garlicky croutons & Blackened Chicken, you must love garlic too... 10.95 (add shrimp or salmon $4) Becky Sue’s Crispy BBQ Chicken Crisp Romaine and iceberg lettuce, tossed with tangy honey mustard dressing, topped with our country fried chicken tenders coated in our Jethros BBQ sauce, tomatoes, onions and shredded cheese. 9.95

The Beverly Hills Club Salad Crisp greens tossed with house smoked turkey, pit ham, bacon, cheddar and Swiss cheeses, tomatoes and you pick the dressing. 9.95 Shrimp Salad Crispy Romaine lettuce tossed with tangy bleu cheese dressing, croutons, tomatoes & onions, topped with Buster's Big Bad Buffalo Shrimp. 12.95 Cajun Salmon Salad Crispy Romaine lettuce, tossed with a lime avocado dressing, smoked corn pico & parmesan cheese, topped with Blackened Salmon. 12.95


Jake’s BBQ Steak Chili Large bites of aged steak and smoked beans make this chili uniquely Jethro's. 3.95 cup 5.95 bowl Jasper’s Gumbo Smoked chicken and sausage...this stuff is spicy hot and good! (No road kill in it!) 4.95 Cup

OTHER VITTLES’ (eats, treats and specialties) Comes with one side

Pork Tenderloin

Pulled Smoked Chicken Philly

The Big Beverly Hills Club

Smoked Tom Turkey Wrap House smoked turkey and crisp lettuce, finished with smoked corn pico and guacamole, all wrapped up in a fresh flour tortilla with a side of double secret, chipotle garlic sauce. 9.95

Texas Dip

Roscoe’s Buffalo Chicken Wrap Buffalo chicken strips, crisp lettuce, dressed with bleu cheese or ranch dressing and tomatoes all wrapped up in a fresh flour tortilla. 9.95

It 's big as the plate, pounded flat, then fried crispy and served on a toasted bun. 9.95 Piled high with house smoked pit ham, turkey and thick slab bacon on Texas toast with Swiss and cheddar cheeses, lettuce, tomato and mayo. 10.95 (No French spoken here) thin sliced Texas brisket smothered with melted Swiss cheese, topped with sweet bourbon glazed onions, with a side of bbq jus for dippin. 9.95

With sweet caramelized onions, roasted peppers and aged cheddar cheese. 9.95


BBQ Sandwiches Comes with one side Pick any one of your favorite house slow smoked meats with your choice of Texas bread or a freshly baked bun. It comes plain but you can get saucy at your table. 8.95

The Melts Comes with one side Pick any one of your favorite house slow smoked meats, served on grilled Texas toast with melted Swiss & American cheese. 9.95

Amazing House Smoked Meats brisket pulled pork pulled chicken smoked sausage

The Better Homes & Gardens Melt "Better Homes & Gardens Magazine" August 2009 Issue, selected this melt as their favorite BBQ dish in Des Moines. "A unique combination of Swiss & American cheeses melted on top of Carolina pulled pork and smoked turkey." 11.95

sliced pit ham shaved turkey Add slab of bacon or Add 1/4lb of meat 3.95

Sides Campfire Baked Beans Garlic Mashed Potatoes Coleslaw

Jalapeno Cream Corn Fries Waffle Fries Sweet Potato Fries (add $1)

Cottage cheese Mac and Cheese Potato Salad Candied Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Green Beans Red Beans with Rice Apple Sauce

*Substitute a cup of Jasper's gumbo, bbq steak chili or a side salad for 2.50.


Pick your favorite...Served dressed on French bread, with one side dish & choice of any of our sauces. Fried Shrimp Buster's Big Bad Shrimp tossed in your favorite sauce. 9.95

Andouille Sausage Jethro's famous smoked Andouille, hot off the grill smothered with provolone cheese. 9.95

Fried Catfish (or grilled) Fresh from the creek, not the L.A. river. Cornmeal breaded & fried. 10.95

TurBacon Amazing slow smoked chicken & turkey with a double order of slab bacon & smothered with provolone cheese. 11.95

Blackened Mahi Jasper rubs Gulf Mahi Mahi with his magical spice & blackens the 6 oz filet to perfection. 12.95

Blackened Chicken A heapin' helpin' of Cajun Blackened chicken topped with provolone cheese. 10.95

Gator Blackened Salmon Jasper rubs fresh Atlantic salmon with his magical spice & Roped, wrestled & flash fried. 11.95 blackens the 6oz filet to perfection. 12.95

THE BULLDOG’S BIGGEST The World Famous Adam Emmenecker (As seen on Man Vs. Food) Take the challenge today! The Missouri Valley Conference Most Valuable Player of 2008 loves this sandwich. It 's big..."really big"....just like all of those "really big" shots Adam sank in the Bulldog 's magical MVC Championship Season of 2008. Start with our huge pork tenderloin, add our Angus steak burger, top it with slabs of Texas brisket, apple wood bacon & fried cheese, finished with buffalo chicken tenders. Smother this mountain with melted cheddar cheese, & white cheddar sauce, serve it with your choice of one side. This could hurt you! A sandwich fit for the MVP. 24.95 The Jethro This isn,t for everyone... It's porktastic, It's ginormous; We start with our famous tenderloin, we add Carolina style pulled pork, house smoked pit ham, & a double order of thick slab bacon, choose your side & then go for it.. But remember... we warned you. 15.95 Jasper’s Jiant Poboy Jethro meets Jasper in this amazing combination of cousins & food. "Sounds like banjos doesn't it?" So, what is 18" long & not quite as thick as a gator tail? Start with 18" of smoked andouille sausage, add a pound of Busters Big Bad Buffalo Shrimp, a pound of blackened chicken tenders, and lots of crispy fried gator, topped with provolone cheese, dressed with lettuce, tomato and Jambalaya remoulade... Serve it with your choice of one side. You have a sandwich fit for your swamp swaree! 29.95

Campfire Baked Beans Garlic Mashed Potatoes Coleslaw


Jalapeno Cream Corn Fries Waffle Fries Sweet Potato Fries (add $1)

Cottage cheese Mac and Cheese Potato Salad Candied Smashed Sweet Potatoes

Green Beans Red Beans with Rice Apple Sauce

*Substitute a cup of Jasper's gumbo, bbq steak chili or a side salad for 2.50.


Comes with one side Jambalaya Shrimp Burger

*We always start with fresh, ground Angus steak our burger is a half pound, grilled to perfection. Choose your favorite cheese; we'll bring the lettuce, onion, tomato & pickle. 8.95 A hungry man might want a double steak burger with twice the meat & cheese. 12.95

Buster starts with his Big Bad Gulf Shrimp, he chops'em, patties'em and smashes'em on the grill. This is healthy, delicious and "Jenny's" favorite. We'll bring along the creole mustard, lettuce, onion & tomato. One patty 9.95 Two patties 13.95

The Bulldog

*Our fresh angus steak burger topped with Buster's grilled shrimp burger & provolone cheese. We'll bring along the creole mustard, lettuce, onion & tomato. 12.95

*Our fresh Angus steak burger topped with Texas brisket, caramelized onions, roasted peppers & aged cheddar cheese. (We're talking real food here) 10.95

The Spike

*Our fresh Angus steak burger, a double order of thick slab bacon & bleu cheese. 10.95

Bayou Burger

The Carolina

*Our fresh Angus steak burger topped with our Carolina style pulled pork & coleslaw. 10.95


, Jethro wakes at sunrise each morning, builds the fire with oak & hickory planks, then he slowly smokes Iowa s finest meats. Each dinner comes with two sides & a corn muffin or bread.

Full slab 22.95 1/2 slab 17.95 1/2 slab & 1 meat 20.95


Dinners for 1

Each dinner comes with 2 sides and a corn muffin or bread.

Amazing Slow Smoked Meats brisket pit ham pulled pork smoked sausage pulled chicken smoked turkey 1/2 chicken = 2 meats 1 meat- 11.95 1/2 lb 2 meats- 12.95 1/4 lb each meat =1/2 lb total 3 meats- 14.95 1/4 lb each meat =3/4 lb total 4 meats-16.95 1/4 lb each meat =1 lb total Dinners for 2

CAJUN & BBQ DINNERS Pair your favorite Amazing Slow Smoked Meat with one of Jasper's Cajun Favorites. Each dinner comes with one side & corn muffin or bread. Buster orders his extra spicy! 1/2 Slab Cajun Dinner 20.95 1 meat Cajun Dinner 13.95

1/2 Chicken Cajun Dinner 14.95 Jasper’s Cajun Sampler

Includes all of Jasper's Cajun Favorites with a side of red beans & rice & 3 corn muffins. 22.95 (perfect for 2)

Choose 4 sides with either white bread or corn muffins

Full Slab Baby Back Ribs 26.95 Half Slab & Two Meat Dinner 24.95 Half Slab & Half Chicken Dinner 24.95 Whole Smoked Chicken 23.95 Four Meat Dinner 22.95

Whole Smoked Chicken 15.95 1/2 Smoked Chicken 11.95 1/2 Smoked Chicken & 1/2 slab 21.95

Sides Campfire Baked Beans Garlic Mashed Potatoes Coleslaw Apple Sauce Jalapeno Cream Corn Fries Waffle Fries Sweet Potato Fries (add $1)

Cottage cheese Mac and Cheese Potato Salad Candied Smashed Sweet Potatoes Green Beans Red Beans with Rice


Tender white meat, Cajun Blackened with our Southern Smothered sauce, a buttery, smoky, garlicky, lemony sauce, with tomtoes & capers. Comes with 2 sides, corn muffin or bread. 12.95

Jake’s Prime Rib

Jethro smokes it on Friday & Saturday only. Jasper says try it blackened! Comes with 2 sides, corn muffin or bread. 12 oz 19.95 20 oz 2 5.95

Jasper’s Creole Cavatappi Pasta

Jethro's famous andouille with smoked chicken tossed with pig tail pasta springs & plum tomatoes, smothered with Jasper's Creole Cream sauce, topped with parmesan cheese. 13.95 (add crawfish or shrimp $4)


Jasper wakes at sunrise, heads down to the swamp, builds his fire, fetches the kettle and starts the roux, cuz the roux makes the stew, & its hard to dew, as any Cajun cousin kneux.

Chicken & Sausage Gumbo A spicy Cajun classic. Start with dark roux and vegetables. Jasper adds a heaping helping of andouille sausage & smoked chicken, a pile of steaming white nice rice and corn bread muffin. 11.95 (add crawfish or shrimp $4)

Shrimp Jambalaya Jasper starts with fresh vegetables & ripe plum tomatoes, slowly simmers them with Buster's Big Bad Gulf Shrimp, Jethro's smoked andouille sausage & nice rice to make this Creole Casserole. Served with a corn bread muffin. 14.95 (Add crawfish or chicken $4)

Crawfish Etouffe The French finally got it right... Jasper's rich, thick, smothering creole crawfish gravy, ladled over a pile of steaming white nice rice. This will take you down... back down to the French Quarter. 14.95

Red Beans and Nice Rice A Louisiana tradition. Our pot of red beans spends all day simmerin' on the stove with Jethro's smoked andouille sausage, pit ham, thick cut bacon & Jasper's herbs & spices. When the beans are tender & creamy we ladle them over a pile of steamed white nice rice. 10.95

Jasper’s Cajun Sampler

Includes all of Jasper's Cajun Favorites with a side of red beans & rice & 3 corn muffins. 22.95 (perfect for 2) Buster orders his extra spicy!


Choose one of Jasper's seafood favorites and have it finished your way. Either; Cajun Blackened, Seared, or Fried. Finish any of them in our Southern Smothered sauce, a buttery, smoky, garlicky, lemony sauce, with tomtoes & capers. Each dinner is served to you with a choice of 2 sides, bread or corn muffin.

Gulf Shrimp

Jasper nets'em by the pound. Sweet Gulf shrimp never tasted so good. Served with a side of his rich Creole Cream sauce for some dippin' fun. 16.95

Southern Salmon

Fresh Atlantic salmon Cajun Blackened & Southern Smothered 16.95

Voodoo Mahi Mahi

Gulf Mahi Mahi, seared & topped Jethro's way, with his Cajun spiked Voodoo sauce 17.95


Fresh from the creek (not the L.A. river). 2 large filets, cornmeal breaded & fried with caper tarter & lemons 13.95

DESSERTS Buster’s Big Chocolate Cake 8.95

Chocolate Cake 5.95

Wilma’s Apple Dumpling with ice cream 6.95


Granny’s Lemonade

2 Step Tea

Bootleg Tea

Louisiana Kicker

Whiskey, lemonade, sweet & sour & triple sec. (refreshing and delish!!)

Mixture of liquors that offers a kick with Blue Raspberry Vodka, blue curacao, cranberry & sweet n sour. A favorite of all Drake fans!

Whiskey, peach schnapps, sweet & sour with a splash of cola

Citrus vodka, lemonade & pineapple juice Mmm good!

Hilljack Hooch

Blue Bayou

, UV Blue Raspberry Vodka & blue kool-aid. This ain t for weaklings! (makes a great shot)

Like a fresh slice of watermelon in a glass made with watermelon pucker, vodka & pineapple

Planter Punch

Spice Rum, OJ, pineapple juice, lemon & lime juices, with sugar and a splash of grenadine

Juju Juice

Milk Punch

Brandy, milk, sugar, vanilla & a touch of nutmeg. A true "Cajun Classic"

Hill Billy Iced Tea

Jethro's classic cocktail made with lemon chello, pomegranate schnapps, lemonade & cranberry

Sweet Tea Vodka mixed with lemonade & water. An Arnold Palmer with some kick!

Light & dark rum, pineapple juice & orange juice with a splash of grenadine

Vodka, peach schnapps, Strawberry Pucker, Strawberry puree & lemonade

Crawfish Cooler



Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Samuel Adams Boston Lager, Sam Adams Seasonal, Shiner Bock, Stella Artois, Bass, Guinness, Blue Moon, Whidmer Hefeweissen, Michelob Golden Light, Goose Island 312, Goose Island IPA, Goose Island Matilda, Fat Tire, Ranger IPA, New Belgium Seasonal, Boulevard Wheat Ask your Bartender or Server for our local and seasonal Draft Beer


Budweiser, Bud Light, Coors Light, Miller Lite, Michelob Amberbock, Amstel Light, Corona, Corona Light, Bud Light Lime, Michelob Golden Light, Miller High Life, MGD, MGD 64, Bud Select, Rolling Rock, Heineken, Heineken Light, Red Stripe, Newcastle, Woodchuck, Abida Turbo Dog, Abida Jockamo IPA, Abida Pear Cider, Millstream Back Road Stout, Millstream Root Beer, Lindeman's Framboise, Goose Island Sofie, Goose Island Pere Jacques, Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dos Equis Lager, Smirnoff Ice, Peacetree Blond Fatale, Buckler NA


6 glass 18 carafe

Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Ask your server about our premium wine selections

SODA POP FLAVORS Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Lemonade, Mountain Dew, Diet Mt. Dew, Sierra Mist, Root Beer, Dr. Pepper, fresh brewed iced tea

18% Gratuity will be added to parties of 8 or more. *Thoroughly cooking foods of animal origin such as beef, eggs, fish, lamb, pork, poultry, or shellfish reduces the risk of food born illness. Individuals with certain health conditions may be at higher risk if these foods are consumed raw or under cooked. Consult your physician or public health official for further information.

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