Open regular hours Monday, September 1, 11am-9pm. Feel free to call in your order so we can have it for you at the Pickup Window on the south side of the building 480.503.3805
I’ve been in a few airports in my life. I started working for American Airlines in 1984, and retired in 2001. Along the way, I had the opportunity to eat in hundreds of airports across the globe. I always knew what to expect… overpriced mediocre food. Phoenix City Council sought to change all that a few years ago, when they put out the first RFP for Sky Harbor Airport food vendors. The RFP was unique, not just because it was the first at PHX, but because of the insistence on street pricing, and a preference for local, independent operators. Finally! Great food at reasonable prices… and in an airport!
We’re so excited to be opening in Terminal 4, perhaps as early as this week. Training is underway, and final touches being put on the restaurant.
We’re before security, across from Chelsea’s Kitchen in Terminal 4. You’ll find great breakfast offerings from Joe’s Farm Grill in the mornings, and the same awesome BBQ we serve in Gilbert for lunch and dinner (and at the same reasonable non-gouging prices).
Come say Howdy!
Customer Appreciation Day, an awesome celebration of our awesome customers, is back. What is it? Free food. When? Wednesday, May 7 from 11a-3p and 4p-8p or we run out of food. Come on out and bring a friend. The lines will be long, as you might expect. But that line moves – very – quickly. In fact, someone will be walking away with a free meal about every 6 seconds all day long. Yup, 5,000+ free meals given out over the course of the day. So put on some sunscreen and head on down. Oh, and bring a can of food or box of breakfast cereal for Open Arms Care Center. They will put it to good use.
Details…. 301 N. Gilbert Rd. Gilbert, AZ 85234
Wed. May 7, 2014
11a-3p, 4p-8p or we run out of food
Bring a can of food (fruit would be awesome) or box of cereal if you wish. Not required for the free meal, but appreciated by those in need.
We’ll be serving Chicken Breast or Pulled Pork sandwiches, kid-sized ones for the smaller folks. Homemade beans and cole slaw, and a drink. And we won’t let you pay no matter how hard you try. Small print… not much. You do have to be present to get your meal and we don’t do takeout on Free Day.
Closed Easter Sunday, otherwise normal operating hours 11a-9p. Easter birthday boys and girls can claim their birthday meal Saturday 4/19 or Monday 4/21.
We are thrilled to be able to offer Gift Cards for sale online. Simply head to https://joesrealbbq.com/gift-card/ and in a few seconds we’ll be processing your order and mailing out your cards. We’re happy to mail gifts anywhere in the country… for free!
OK, we don’t do anything quickly, but we heard you and we would now love to connect with you on Instagram
Yes, Wednesday, May 1 is Customer Appreciation Day! What does it all mean? It means we want to thank our awesome customers for their patronage by opening our doors and serving as many free meals as we can. How does it work? We’ll be open from 11am to 3pm, close for a bit then open our doors at 4pm and serve until we run out of food. We highly recommend being in line no later than 7pm. We’ll definitely have closed up shop by 8pm. Come on down. We look forward to meeting you.
Sam Ott from Lutz’s in Missouri offers up his thoughts on places to go for great BBQ when on the road… Thanks to Sam for his kindness in sharing some tips!
The faithful Arizona BBQ lovers that are on the road or looking to travel, who want to experience the many great tastes of barbecue, can take refuge in some of the most well-known cities that reign supreme for barbecue.
1. Kansas City, MO
Arizona BBQ fans will love the KC-style. It’s most known for its meats to be prepared traditionally, smoked slowly over wood pits and complemented with thick tomato and molasses-based sauces. The KC-style doesn’t stop there, though.
One reason Kansas City barbecue is so great and loved by the masses is the assortment it offers with its meats and the methods of preparation. Any disbeliever will find faith in the KC Style because its barbecue is truly eclectic. The most famous barbecue dish from Kansas City is the burnt ends, but much of KC-style’s credit also goes to its sweet, spicy and tangy sauces.
The city itself is also popular and well-recognized from the entire BBQ scene across the nation for its community involvement. It hosts The World Series of Barbecue at the American Royal. If you’re passing through Kansas City in September or October of this year, don’t be a stranger. Visit the world’s largest barbecue competition.
2. Memphis, TN
Memphis-style barbecue is a southern style based around the pig’s entirety, but primarily the shoulder and ribs. Its ribs are known to be delicious either “wet” or “dry”. Their sauces are tomato and vinegar-based and thinner than the KC-style allowing it to cook well into meats.
Memphis is also great for tourism and BBQ events. It hosts the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest every year. It is considered to be the world’s largest pork barbecue contest.
3. Lexington, NC
Lexington has created its own style of barbecue, one that revolves around its tangy and sweet vinegar and tomato-based sauces and its slow smoked pork shoulder over a wood pit.
Lexington-style barbecue is famous for its barbecue coleslaw, which is topped on its sliced or chopped meat sandwiches, unless requested otherwise. The sweet and tangy sauce and barbecue coleslaw complements the pork sandwiches perfectly. Come take a gander and find out why they claim to be the Barbecue Capital of the World (one of many cities who claim to be the BBQ Capital of the World).
4. Columbia, SC
South Carolina is home to all four types of barbecue sauces, but they are primarily known for their mustard-base sauces, which are based on the state’s German heritage and are thick, sweet and sour.
Columbia rests in the heart of South Carolina and is part of the middle region, The Mustard Belt, which stretches down to the state’s southern border. The locals are fans of the BBQ buffets that many of the local restaurants offer. These buffets are conjoined with a wide variety sides and barbecue chicken.
5. Lockhart, TX
Central Texas-style BBQ that’s oak coal-smoked and doesn’t normally use barbecue sauce. When barbecue sauce is seen on a plate, it’s usually mixed to form a tomato and vinegar-based sauce. The reason for such a rarity of barbecue sauce is because the attention is all on the quality of the meat. The meats are succulent and tender and Texans find no need for sauce.
Central Texas-style BBQ stretches up to Austin and to other surrounding areas, but Lockhart is the center of the BBQ scene in Central Texas.
Many other cities and states exist outside of Arizona that offer their own flavors, distinct qualities and special sauces and methods, but these 5 cities capture the four essential regional BBQ styles the U.S. has to offer; Kansas City-style, Memphis-style, Texas-style and the Carolinas-style. Any Arizona BBQ lover is bound to find a style, flavor or sauce that suits their fancies, no matter how faithful they may be to the Arizona-style.
About the Author
Sam Ott writes for Lutz’s BBQ in Columbia and Jefferson City, MO. Lutz’s offers a wide variety of styles and sauces, but no matter what the taste, it’s guaranteed to be smokin’ delicious. Visit their website to find out about their award-winning sauces and smoked meats.
While Tuesday, January 20, 1998 seems like such a short time ago, the reality is that since our first customer (Greg Tilque) handed our smiling cashier his money for a sandwich about 11:05 in the morning, 5,479 days have sped past. Sincere thanks go out to our employees and customers as we celebrate 15 years of service. Our commitment as we celebrate our 15th anniversary is to be just as clean, friendly and delicious going forward. Joe, Tad, Tim
We say goodbye to our seasonal friend the monster sweet potato. We enjoyed our time with you and will miss you until we see your gargantuan goodness again late in the year. Hello to our new friend Brisket Chili. Big D has created an amazingly tasty chili, and we pair it with cornbread and a smile for $5.79. Come on in and say hello to a new friend today!