Joe's Real BBQ in Gilbert Celebrates Free Barbecue Day on May 1

The only thing we like more than barbecue from Joe's Real BBQ is free barbecue from Joe's Real BBQ. And just our luck, it's once again time to celebrate the restaurants Customer Appreciation Day on Wednesday, May 1.

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Grab a napkin, it's time for some free 'cue.

On May 1 Joe's will be serving up more than 5,000 free meals during its annual Customer Appreciation Day.

In exchange, Joe's invites diners to bring new or gently used books for adult readers to donate. The books will go to Loving Through Literacy, a Gilbert nonprofit that brings books and reading instruction to areas of the world where there is no access to either.

The Free Barbecue Day event has been an annual tradition since 2000 when owners Joe Johnston and Tim and Tad Peelen decided they wanted to do something to give back to their community. Since starting the event, they have given away over 50,000 free meals on customer appreciation days at the BBQ and also hold a November customer appreciation days at sister restaurant Joe's Farm Grill.

The free meal will include: - Choice of a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich - Fresh homemade coleslaw, BBQ Pit Beans, and a drink.

Sandwiches will be available for children. Only one meal will be available per person and not other items will be offered. You must be present to receive a meal and take out will not be available.

Joe's Real BBQ will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. on May 1.

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