About Bruce Gerleman
Bruce is the creator of Jethro’s BBQ, a popular Central Iowa restaurant chain that is known for its smoked meats, including pork, ribs, chicken and bacon. Under his leadership, Jethro’s has become the single largest purchaser of pork in the state, purchasing more than 1 million pounds from Iowa farmers each year.
Outside of Jethro’s BBQ, Bruce works as a developer and general contractor. He is known for reviving the Court Avenue District in Des Moines.
Bruce has teamed up with the Iowa Food & Family Project to share his love for Iowa-grown and raised ingredients. Throughout the years, Jethro’s has provided opportunities to talk agriculture with their customers, as well as tasty BBQ donations.