Iowa is full of quiet small towns and backroads where even residents who have lived in the Hawkeye State their whole lives may have never visited – and that means they may be missing out on some great hidden gems! A perfect example of this is the small city of Jefferson in rural central Iowa, where you’ll find an unassuming local restaurant that may serve the best BBQ in Iowa. Bett & Bev’s BBQ is a little roadside shack that puts some unique twists on classic ‘cue, combining a menu full of all the old favorites like pulled pork and brisket with some cuts you may not have seen before. It’s been so popular that they’ve recently opened a new branch about 25 miles to the southeast in Perry, so why not head down to one of these small towns and find out what all the fuss is about?

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Have you visited Bett & Bev’s BBQ in Jefferson or the new location in Perry? Let us know what you ordered, and tell us your pick for the best BBQ in Iowa in the comments section! The restaurant is always introducing new specials, so make sure to visit the official website and Facebook page for all the latest details. For another hidden gem in small-town Iowa, check out this rural border cafe.

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