Dang! Root Beer Float Cake!


Dang! Root Beer
is a favorite in the Machine Shed Gift Shop – try out this recipe using the Dang! Original or Butterscotch to make a Root Beer Float Cake at home.




Root Beer Cake


New this year at the Machine Shed Gift Shops – Italian Cherry Soda!

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Follow our new Instagram page – and tag us in your pictures enjoying your favorite Machine Shed dishes!

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Produce Candles are in Season at the Shed


The scents of your favorite produce items are now available in candle form thanks to Produce Candles. Mint, Rhubarb, Kale, Tomato, Wildflower and Melon are available for purchase in the Machine Shed Gift Shop in mason jar containers. Now your home can smell as fresh as your garden!

Planting these items in your garden this season? Check out these recipes on our Pinterest board:



Learn to Make The Machine Shed’s Beef Brisket!

Chef Brian Pomerenk, from the Machine Shed Urbandale, teaches us how to make Beef Brisket. Always tasty when ordered at the Shed, and now you can make it at home with our recipe! Impress your friends at your next BBQ or picnic!


Beef Brisket       10 lbs

Brown Sugar      2 quarts

BBQ Spice          2 quarts

Hickory Wood   2 Pieces

BBQ Sauce        2 Quarts

Mix together brown sugar and bbq spice so it is blended well. Place beef brisket on a cutting board and completely cover all of the brisket with the sugar and bbq spice mixture. In your smoker, add the hickory wood. The brisket will smoke for about 12-14 hours. Add extra wood as necessary. When brisket is completely smoked, remove from smoker and cut the deckle away from the flat side. The flat is the meatier side and the deckle will have more fat in it. The flat will be used for more entrée pieces while the deckle can be used for sandwiches. Slice brisket across the grain and as thin as possible. Top with bbq sauce when plating.

Mason Jar Lid Pies

There is nothing more Shed than pie, except pie made in a Mason Jar lid! We love this idea of making individual size desserts to share with family and friends.

Cinco De Mayo Cocktails

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, here are some cocktail ideas to help you celebrate!


National Prime Rib Day!

HOW TO COOK A BONELESS PRIME RIB ROAST Food Network Kitchens Prime Rib, Garlic, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Herbs

Did you know that Prime Rib is so delicious it gets its own day to shine? April 27th is officially National Prime Rib Day.

Prime Rib is a staple on the Shed menu – available in three sizes:

The City Slicker™* 10 oz.

The Blacksmith™* 14 oz.

The Hoss™* 18 oz.

Even more exciting? We smoke our Prime Rib every Saturday to give it extra mouth-watering flavor!

Stop in to celebrate National Prime Rib Day at the Shed, or check out these tips from the Iowa Beef Industry Council on how to make it at home!

Happy Earth Day!

Celebrate Earth Day by using recycled materials to make something useful for your home! Check out our Pinterest board for fun tips and tricks to turn something old, into something new!


Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Earth Day! on Pinterest.

Wine Bottle Citronella Torches!

What you need:

Empty wine or beer bottles
Tiki replacement wicks (thick cotton rope also works well)
Citronella torch fuel
Brass coupling
Rope or twine (optional)
Pebbles (optional)
Wood glue


Peel off all labels from your bottles, and scrub glue off completely with a rough sponge.

Decorate your bottles by wrapping them in rope or twine, and scoring with wood glue. (optional) Fill the bottle with some pebbles or small marbles (so you don’t have to use as much torch fuel!). Pour in the fuel a few inches from the top.

A small brass coupling works well to keep your wick in place. Depending on the thickness, a ½–¾ coupling fits a wick perfectly. Push it through about 1½ inches. Place it in the bottle, and let it soak up the fuel for about 20 minutes.

Set your bottle torch outside in an uncovered area, and light it up!

These are great for outdoor parties, mosquito repellent, or table decor.

Enjoy your repurposed bottle torches!


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Get Your Garden Ready for Spring!

The sun is shining and birds are chirping! We all know what that means- Spring has sprung! Check out our Pinterest board for ideas on how to get your garden ready for Spring planting!

Follow Machine Shed Restaurant’s board Prepping Your Garden on Pinterest.

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