Free BBQ at Joe's Real BBQ May 1st, They're Thanking Customers Again and Inviting You to Donate a Book

 Article by Jennifer Woods, written for Good Food Finder.

Next Wednesday plan to head down to downtown Gilbert to visit one the sweetest dang BBQ joints in the Southwest.  The one with the darling 1929 brick building, murals, smoked meats and that root beer.

Every year, they thank their customers with free BBQ and are planning to serve over 5,000 meals.  To make the day even more special they're incorporating a book drive by inviting you bring new or gently used books (for adult readers) that will then be donated to the Gilbert non-profit Loving through Literacy.

Here's a rundown of next Wednesdays giveaway details:
Hours: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm (closed between 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm)
Free meal includes:                
  • Choice of a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich

  • Fresh homemade coleslaw, BBQ Pit Beans, and a drink.   

  • There will be children’s sized sandwiches available for the little ones

  • Only one meal per person

  • Must be present to receive free meal

  • No take out

  • No other menu items will be offered

If you like virtual parties, too, you can follow along and share using #freebbqday with @joesrealbbq.

More information can be found at

Editor's note: We've been big fans of Joe and Tad (and the rest of the gang) since we (Jen) was their "Coke lady," as in Coca-Cola representative back in 2000 when they started their customer appreciation days 50,000 free meals ago.