Woody's Smoke Shack

We love barbecue and trying out all of the great BBQ places in the metro area is an ongoing pursuit for us. One of our latest stops was at Woody's Smoke Shack in Des Moines. Located at 2511 Cottage Grove Avenue, Woody's Smoke Shack has been serving up award-winning BBQ since 2008.


Woody's is another DSM BBQ place that started out on the competition circuit. The owners, Woody and Cheryl Wasson, started winning contests all around the midwest in 2002. They still compete and also offer catering and vending services, as well.

While Woody's may be small in space inside, they do offer a large patio area just off the main building. The menu is just as large, offering Baby Back Ribs, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, and Smoked Ham. They offer a variety of side dishes and even desserts, like homemade pie. Also, there are daily specials Monday through Friday. But remember, if you want ribs, get there early because they only cook a limited number of ribs each day to ensure quality and taste - and they don't last long!

Here's the large menu board at the counter and the very nice young fellow that took our order.

We ordered the Woody's Smoked Combo - 2 meats served with two sides. Of course, 2 sides wasn't enough for Grant, so we got an extra. We chose pulled pork and sliced brisket. The meats were awesome - smokey and delicious. And the cornbread! Woody's always has a tray of cornbread out for you to sample and enjoy with your meals. It is seriously good - just a little sweet and the texture is spot on. We had several pieces, as you can see!

For sides, we chose potato salad, cheesy jalapeno grits and smoked baked beans. The beans were chunky with a great smoke flavor and Grant really enjoyed the spice in the cheesy grits.

Woody's doesn't serve alcoholic beverages, however, you can always bring your own. Really! It says so on their website.

If you're looking for some good authentic 'que in Des Moines, you won't be disappointed at Woody's Smoke Shack. They put a lot of years of experience into everything they serve and we feel pretty lucky to get to enjoy it. We hope you'll try Woody's yourself - let us know!

Woody's Smoke Shack

2511 Cottage Grove Avenue
Des Moines, IA



Monday - Friday 11:00am - 8:00pm
Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Closed on Sunday

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