Open Everyday: 11am-9pm


  • Posted April 20, 2018 by bbqtad

Customer Appreciation Day details…


What:                                 Free Barbecue Day, 20th Anniversary Edition

Where:                                Joe’s Real BBQ /  301 N. Gilbert Road / Gilbert, Arizona, 85234

When:                                  Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

11:00 AM-3:00 PM  / 4:00 PM- 8:00 PM

                                                (Closed between 3:00 PM and 4:00 PM for reset)

** Hints…
Shortest line will be from 2:00-3:00 for lunch.   We recommend being in line by 7:00-7:15 for dinner.

Your free meal includes:                

  • Choice of a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich
  • Fresh homemade coleslaw, BBQ Pit Beans, chocolate chip cookie and a drink.
  • There will be children’s sized sandwiches available for the little ones

Event Extras in celebration of 20 years:

  • At Lunch: Local Gilbert fitness studio FunkFit will help you work off your meal with spin and workouts
  • At Dinner: Local bluegrass band Romen Buffalo entertains all evening
  • Zippy!  Balloon artist to entertain the kids


  • Only one meal per person
  • Must be present to receive free meal
  • No take out
  • No other menu items will be offered

Food Drive:  If you wish to help Open Arms Care Center, please bring cans of food (fruit in particular) or boxes of cereal.  The food donations are not required for the free meal, but a great opportunity to help Open Arms help those in need.  An all-volunteer non-profit center, our Gilbert Road neighbor since 2001 provides food and clothing to the homeless and less fortunate.

History of Free Barbecue Day:

Free Barbecue Day has been an annual tradition since the year 2000 when owners Joe Johnston, Tim and Tad Peelen decided they wanted to do something special to give back to the community.   We have given away over 83,000 free meals on customer appreciation days at the BBQ alone.

20 Years!

  • Posted January 18, 2018 by Joe's Real BBQ

Wow… we’re turning 20 this weekend and want to have some fun. We’re bringing back some old specials (like our 12 ounce Big Top Sandwich) and creating brand new ones. We’ll be featuring a COMPLETE RIB MEAL for $20 beginning 1/20 and running through the end of the month. Enjoy a FULL SLAB of those delicious ribs, cornbread, a homemade side dish and a Boylan fountain soda. Come on out and let us thank you for 20 years of outstanding patronage!20 YEAR RIB SPECIAL 2018 PDF

Free 2017

  • Posted April 29, 2017 by Joe's Real BBQ

Wed 5/3/17 Customer Appreciation Day. We’ll be open from 11a-3p and again from 4p-730p. Free BBQ Sandwich, Homemade Sides and a beverage. We’d recommend being in line by 6:30pm or so. Bring a non-perishable food item for Open Arms Care Center if you’d like. We’d really appreciate it!

Closed Easter

  • Posted April 13, 2017 by Joe's Real BBQ

Reminder we are closed Easter Sunday. We’d invite you to head to sister restaurant Joe’s Farm Grill for an awesome meal.

Super Time!

  • Posted January 26, 2017 by Joe's Real BBQ


We have those incredibly tasty wings again for Super Bowl Sunday. You can pre-order by calling 480.503.3805 or [email protected] $11.99 for a dozen $19.99 gets you 2 dozen

2016 Holiday Hours

  • Posted November 22, 2016 by Joe's Real BBQ

Thanksgiving – Closed
Christmas Eve 11a-3p
Christmas – Closed
New Year’s Eve 11a-8p
New Year’s Day – 11a-9p

New stuff?

  • Posted July 18, 2016 by Joe's Real BBQ

If you are new to our place, you may not realize how little has changed over the years. Our menu is virtually the same. The interior is largely unchanged. Even some of our employees have been around since the beginning (1998). But we do mix it up once in a while and try some new things. We have been making some amazing hot ribs, wrapped in bacon. We found some cool very retro bottled sodas to add to the drink mix. Pineapple upside down cake. We just might get crazy and offer tacos in a few weeks! If you have always wanted us to offer a menu item, let us know what that is. We’d love to hear from you.


  • Posted May 4, 2016 by Joe's Real BBQ

Customer Appreciation Day 2016 is upon us… Wed 5/4 11a-3p, 4-730p or we run out of food. Free BBQ Sandwich (Pulled Pork or Chicken Breast), homemade side dishes (BBQ Pit Beans and Cole Slaw) and an ice cold drink. On us. We look forward to meeting you.

Closed Easter Sunday

  • Posted March 24, 2016 by Joe's Real BBQ

Our sister restaurant Joe’s Farm Grill is open and we’d encourage you to join us there!

Open 4 You

  • Posted July 3, 2015 by Joe's Real BBQ

Yes, we’re open July 4th 11am-9pm. Happy to take your pre-orders for pickup or catering at 480.503.3805 or [email protected]