Iowa is gaining quite the reputation as a barbecue hub, with the smoky, saucy southern cuisine making a big impact in the Hawkeye State’s dining scene. You’ve got humble small-town holes-in-the-walls serving stellar cue, and Iowa institutions where the food matches the atmosphere. But the one thing they all have in common is that you might have quite the drive to find them! Iowa’s best barbecue is scattered around – unless you live in Council Bluffs. This charming city on the Nebraska border is Iowa’s 10th largest, but it still has small town charm – and that extends to the best barbecue in Council Bluffs. Whether you want a full sit-down meal or a quick indulgence from a food truck, cue-lovers will be in heaven in Council Bluffs!

Have you visited any of these famous barbecue institutions? Let us know about your meals, and tell us your pick for the best barbecue in Council Bluffs, Iowa in the comments section! As good as it is, barbecue is not all there is to Iowa’s vibrant dining scene – be sure to get out and explore other outstanding Iowa restaurants.

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