Chew on This: Five places to get carryout barbecue

Willie Ray Fairley pulls ribs out of the smoker for the lunch rush Nov. 21, 2019, at Willie Ray's Q Shack in Cedar Rapid
Willie Ray Fairley pulls ribs out of the smoker for the lunch rush Nov. 21, 2019, at Willie Ray’s Q Shack in Cedar Rapids. This tiny restaurant was built for social distancing. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

In normal times, Chew on This focuses on restaurant openings and closings. These are not normal times, with restaurants closed except to carryout, curbside and delivery. We know these businesses still need support from the community to survive, so each week we are going to highlight five local restaurants.

These are just a few of the many places offering barbecue; look up your favorite restaurants on Facebook or call to find out what they have.

If you don’t want to leave the house, try a delivery service like Chomp, GrubHub or MyTown2Go. Check with the restaurant to make sure they’re affiliated with a delivery service before ordering.

Big’s BBQ Brewpub

124 Second Ave. NW, Mount Vernon; (319) 535-1060,

Get a growler of house-brewed beer to pair with your barbecue. Every Wednesday features a wings special; check the Facebook page for additional daily specials.

County Line

6677 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids; (319) 378-4777,

Call in advance orders from 3 to 7 p.m. Wednesday to Friday and pickup from the food truck parked in the parking lot or stop by the truck parked at Cassill Motors, 2939 16th Ave. SW, Cedar Rapids, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays.

Jimmy Jack’s Rib Shack

1940 Lower Muscatine, Iowa City, (319) 354-7427 and 745 Community Dr., North Liberty, (319) 665-2486;

This Iowa City staple has classic dishes like ribs, smoked chicken and brisket and can even please vegetarians with a portobello sandwich.


525 S. Gilbert St., Iowa City, (319) 338-1419 and 125 E. Zeller St., North Liberty, (319) 626-4227;

Try a family-style meal for curbside pickup, featuring four sandwiches or a slab of ribs, plus sides and cornbread, or order off the menu.

Willie Ray’s Q Shack

288 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE, Cedar Rapids; (319) 206-3806,


This tiny establishment was made for social distancing, with drive-through the only option for service even before the pandemic. Get one of the daily specials or order a la carte.

Comments: (319) 398-8339;

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