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Moe Cason BBQ

P.O. BOX 41324 Des Moines Iowa 50311

(515) 309-1447


Monday - Friday: 11am - 9pm

Saturday: 11am - 11pm

Sunday: Closed


Steve Harvey Talk Show

Big Moe Cason has made a name for himself with competitive wins and national broadcast appearances on BBQ shows. moe cason bbq smoking ribs

Harry Talk Show

Im happy to announce that I’m going back on Harry Connick’s show “Harry” during sweeps week feb 16th. 

Local Eats

Cooking with Moe Cason: Beef Ribs, Collard Greens and Cornbread

About Us

About Moe Cason

  • Born, raised, and corn fed out of Des Moines, Iowa.   
  • Veteran of the U.S. Navy served on the USS Missouri – an Iowa class Battleship nicknamed “Big Mo”, now a museum ship at Pearl Harbor.  
  • Moe is passionate about BBQ because what initially was a hobby, very quickly turned into a way of life.   
  • He is a self-taught Pitmaster, using skills and authentic ingredients passed down from Grandmother Margaret Cason.   
  • He has competed in approximately 260 contests in 35 states since 2006 while working a full time job. 
  • Started Ponderosa Barbeque in Des Moines, Iowa.   
  • Contestant, Judge, and Star on Destination America’s Pitmaster’s and BBQ Pit Wars, and judge on new show “SMOKED” set to air June 2016.  
  • Has partnered with Smithfield the past four years to exclusively support Walmart’s Summer Rib Program.  


Multiple Grand and Reserve Grand Championships

Multiple 1st & 2nd place awards in chicken, ribs, pork, and brisket

Competed and won awards in 35 states

Competed in the following BBQ sanctions KCBS,IBCA, GBA, and MBN, Memphis in May

3 perfect “180” scores in chicken, ribs, & pork shoulder

2nd Place Sauce at the 2012 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational