Joe’s Real BBQ Celebrates Free Barbecue Day May 2nd 2012

Community Invited to Bring Donations of New or Gently Used Books to Support Loving Through Literacy

Joe’s Real BBQ is planning on giving away over 5,000 free meals during their annual Customer Appreciation Day Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012.


What:   Free Barbecue Day & Book Drive

Where:  Joe’s Real BBQ

301 N. Gilbert Road

Gilbert, Arizona, 85234

When:  Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012  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


Book Drive: 

The public is invited to bring new or gently used books for adult readers to donate to Loving Through Literacy, a Gilbert nonprofit dedicated to getting books and reading instruction to areas of the world where there is no access to either.  Book donation is not required to receive free meal.  For more information about Loving Through Literacy go to:

Follow Joe’s Real BBQ for live updates on Twitter on the day of the event.  Our Twitter handle is @joesrealbbq.  Search for the hashtag #freebbqday.  We are also on Facebook.


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.   They have given away nearly 50,000 free meals on customer appreciation days at the BBQ alone, in addition to the November customer appreciation days at sister restaurant Joe’s Farm Grill.


About Joe’s Real BBQ:

Established in 1998 inside an historic 1929 brick building in downtown Gilbert, Arizona; Joe’s Real BBQ serves mouth watering barbecue – quality meats cooked slowly over smoky sweet pecan wood. People travel from all over the country to visit the award-winning hometown restaurant that has received national attention.

Joe’s Real BBQ has been named “Best Barbecue Restaurant” by the East Valley Tribune and “Best Pulled Pork in Phoenix” by Readers of Phoenix New Times.  They have also been featured in numerous publications including: Chef Paul Kirk’s America’s Best BBQ: 100 Recipes from America’s Best Smokehouses, Pits, Shacks, Rib Joints, Roadhouses, and Restaurants; Sunset Magazine, and Arizona Highways Television.

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