Open Everyday: 11am-9pm

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.


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

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

We appreciate you

Customer Appreciation Day is Wednesday, May 6, 2015.  We’ll open our doors at 11am, close to catch our breath from 3-4pm, and then serve until we run out.  Being in line by 630pm is recommended.  Must be present.  No takeout.  Choice of Pulled Pork or Chicken Breast sandwich, homemade bbq pit beans, cole slaw and a drink included.  Kid-sized sandwiches and chocolate milk from Shamrock Dairy available for children. All free.  While not required, if you wish to help someone in need, Open Arms Care Center volunteers will be on hand to accept your donations of canned food (fruit is fantastic, as is alliteration) or boxed cereal.


We’ll be closed on Easter Sunday

That time…

Holiday Hours 2014… Closed Thanksgiving, Closing 3pm Christmas Eve, Closed Christmas, Closing 8pm New Year’s Eve. Otherwise 11a-9p.

Labor Day Hours

  • Posted September 1, 2014 by Joe's Real BBQ
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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

In an airport… again!

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!


Free? Of course!

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.