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Joe's Real BBQ

Joe's Real BBQ

BBQ Joint$$$$
Heritage District, Gilbert
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  • The barbecue at Joe's Real BBQ is a can't miss
  • Brent B.
    "Great BBQ, but the homemade root beer is the best!"(9 Tips)
    Charlene K.
    "If you love rootbeer you must try their homemade rootbeer."(4 Tips)
    Melissa
    "The root beer cake is super yummy"(4 Tips)
    Yessenia G.
    "best bbq in Az!! beef brisket and baked potatoes are the best"(3 Tips)
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  • Hector R.
    Hector RodriguezSeptember 5
    Holy briskets!
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GrayDecember 30, 2016
    Best barbecue place in Gilbert. The sausage is amazing, and the different sauces rock too. Gives a real old fashion vibe.
  • Doug M.
    Doug McVinuaDecember 2, 2016
    Joe's is a Gilbert staple for real food! Always great food!
  • Tim R.
    Tim RoanSeptember 2, 2016
    Try the sampler platter, mac n cheese, and cheesy potatoes. So delicious!!!
  • Betina
    BetinaJuly 22, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Never a disappointment. Esp.love the house root beer.Don't be intimidated by long lines, they move fast.
  • Kenneth M.
    Kenneth MillarJune 8, 2016
    Joe's Real BBQ is a very unique experience. I love the food and the rustic restaurant in the heart of Gilbert's Heritage District.
  • Lilli F.
    Lilli Francisco-RimandoMarch 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Pulled pork, brisket, roasted turkey & chicken, ribs, max & cheese and the cheesy potatoes - yum! The bbq sauces are divine!
  • Nick B.
    Nick BastianFebruary 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the sampler plate. SO good.
  • Cari J.
    Cari Jaksha CanningDecember 17, 2015
    Awesome brisket, ribs, great staff!
  • Chris S.
    Chris SNovember 28, 2015
    Everything here is pretty great, although their prices are a bit high. My personal favorites are the hot links and sauced brisket, with mac and cheese. Ribs aren't amazing b
    Downvoted Aug 24
  • Nin N.
    Nin NOctober 21, 2015
    Love their sauce and also you get ten bucks for your birthday
  • Eric H.
    Eric HollerSeptember 19, 2015
    Root beer cake
  • Andy F.
    Andy FrancoJuly 14, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Best BBQ I've had in Arizona! The pulled pork sandwich, ribs, stuffed potato baker, the meat combo, Mac and cheese, baked beans, and apple cobbler are all great. Try the root beer!!!
  • Andy L.
    Andy LJune 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite BBQ spot. I always get the chopped brisket and pulled pork, w/ a homemade root beer, it's consistently very good. Also, the mac & cheese is the best in town. Worth a stop.
  • Lucia D.
    Ribs and their bbq sauce❤️ it.
  • Jenifer L.
    Jenifer LambertApril 14, 2015
    The chicken is unbelievably moist. BBQ sauce is one of the best I've ever had. Not too sweet.
  • Eddie K.
    Eddie KoranekMarch 31, 2015
    The chicken was super dry. Everything else was delicious! Awesome Mac n cheese!
  • Heather B.
    Heather ButlerMarch 20, 2015
    Everything is fantastic
  • Michael D.
    Michael DryerFebruary 8, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Sampler Platter
  • Angela H.
    Angela HFebruary 1, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome Food!
  • Matt R.
    Matt RileyFebruary 1, 2015
    Truly the best BBQ in town. Worth the drive where ever you live in the valley.
  • Ed B.
    Ed BakerJanuary 28, 2015
    Ribs very good along with cheesy potatoes.
  • Brent B.
    Brent BrooksDecember 20, 2014
    Great BBQ, but the homemade root beer is the best!
  • lauren M.
    lauren MichellsDecember 18, 2014
    Kids meals are the best. Best family atmosphere and great food
  • Lisa D.
    Lisa DamstraNovember 27, 2014
    The loaded baked potato with brisket is delicious! Best BBQ around!
  • Greg S.
    Greg SchulzNovember 18, 2014
    The pulled pork sandwich was solid. The massive piece of cornbread with butter that I can only assume is derived from crack was a game changer.
  • Megan
    MeganNovember 16, 2014
    Amazing food! I LOVE their coleslaw. Awesome atmosphere.
  • Taylor O.
    Taylor OrtliebSeptember 14, 2014
    Their homemade root beer was a total surprise that made my day!
  • Yessenia G.
    Yessenia GarciaSeptember 7, 2014
    best bbq in Az!! beef brisket and baked potatoes are the best
  • Nick B.
    Nick BastianAugust 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mac n cheese shouldn't even be legal... #yum
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesAugust 5, 2014
    Ribs: Think of them as meat lollipops thick with tangy barbecue sauce, tender from being lovingly slow-smoked over pecan logs, and served up with mac 'n' cheese and/or any of a number of other sides. Read more
  • Susie M.
    Susie MartynMay 17, 2014
    Go anytime--but when the weather is beautiful, sit on the patio
  • Michelle D.
    Michelle DulanskyApril 17, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have gluten-free buns now!!
  • David L.
    David LearyFebruary 1, 2014
    If you are in a hurry.... Use the outside walk up window!
  • Tim H.
    Tim HeuerDecember 28, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Two meat turkey/ribs is the winner. Love the turkey. Don't be a wimp and be sure to try the hot sauce!
  • Jacob-Kiki H.
    Jacob-Kiki HantlaDecember 1, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The only problem is that it is always packed. Lines regularly going out doors...it's that good
  • Megan C.
    Megan CampbellNovember 18, 2013
    Sit outside for extra room to spread out. The soda machine is inconveniently placed, but the homemade root beer is to die for!
  • Taylor H.
    Taylor HoutsNovember 17, 2013
    By far the best BBQ I have ever had! I love ordering to go, and picking it up at the cute little window outside! The people are hilarious and their chicken is the best you'll ever have!!
  • Luke M.
    Luke MooneyNovember 13, 2013
    Joe's BBQ is a VERY popular place in Gilbert (and for good reason). As a result, it is often quite crowded. I recommend going for lunch or early dinner, if possible, to avoid the evening rush.
  • Phoenix New Times
    Phoenix New TimesNovember 4, 2013
    You won't go wrong no matter what you order, but popular items include the ribs, ham, baked beans, and of course, the homemade root beer. Read more
  • Anthony
    AnthonyOctober 10, 2013
    Best Mac & Cheese you'll ever have!!!
  • Betina
    BetinaSeptember 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Always worth the ride from Ahwatukee and worth the wait. Should there be a line, sometimes to the door or out, it moves quickly... and it's so worth it!!
  • Danica K.
    Danica KumlerAugust 12, 2013
    Love The Walk-Up Window! Pulled Pork Is My Fav. W/ Mac N' Cheese & A Root-beer Float!
  • Bill J.
    Bill JayAugust 7, 2013
    Great ribs
  • Keaton
    KeatonAugust 4, 2013
    You will be amazed by the root beer cake and you can only get it at Joe's BBQ.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew SwartzAugust 4, 2013
    "The pulled pork here is the best. Also, if you don't know what you want, just get the sliders (chicken/turkey/pork) -- some of everything. Oh and food is free on your b-day."
  • Per R.
    Per R.July 28, 2013
    Love their homemade root beer! Their cheesy potatoes and Mac n cheese were good too!
  • Melissa
    MelissaJuly 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The root beer cake is super yummy
  • Shaun S.
    Shaun SawyerJuly 13, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Love the homemade root beer.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BantonJuly 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The best ribs and pork. Get this picture.
  • Doug B.
    Doug BruhnkeJuly 4, 2013
    Mesquite smoked sausage is the best there is.
  • Grace C.
    Grace CaliseJune 22, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Disappointed. . We ordered Mac and cheese to be told the wait was 5 min after 3 trips to the counter to be told 5 more min ea time. We finished out meal and still no Mac n cheese. No more joes for me
  • Greg J.
    Greg JaniakJune 13, 2013
    Their bbq is over priced and disgusting. Far from a Real BBQ joint. Brisket was dry. Ribs were tough and pulled pork was watery.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BantonMay 27, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Casey is super nice and great with remembering your name.
  • Brad M.
    Brad M.April 28, 2013
    Don't be fooled when picking your sides. The baked beans are the way to go!
  • Greg W.
    Greg WebbFebruary 14, 2013
    The best bbq in the valley. If it's your first time you have to get a half slab of ribs (caked in sauce), bbq beans, mac n cheese, and homemade rootbeer. You can thank me later.
  • Andy G.
    Andy GormanJanuary 14, 2013
    The root beer is the best thing about this place. Worth the trip for that alone.
  • Adam B.
    Adam BantonJanuary 1, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Best BBQ in PHX. Period. As a whole meal.
  • Scotty D.
    Scotty DailyDecember 12, 2012
    If you want a soda refill you have to be a jerk. Be prepared to have to cut in front of people if you want more soda. They refuse to add a second refill station.
  • Nathan L.
    Nathan LeviNovember 6, 2012
    Amazing ribs, and Mac and cheese
  • Jose R.
    Jose RodaOctober 27, 2012
    Get the loaded potatoe with pork!
  • My1039Phoenix
    My1039PhoenixSeptember 11, 2012
    Best BBQ in the East Valley! Try the homemade root beer while you are here!
  • Cara T.
    Cara TJuly 26, 2012
    Lots of gluten free options! All of their meats and most sides. So delicious!
  • Luis G.
    Luis GalindoJuly 4, 2012
    Great Meat. Go there if your wanting some good hearty protein.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie CarrollJuly 3, 2012
    Cornbread is awesome. Bbq sauce is decent. Everything else is highly overrated and over priced.
  • Diana M.
    Diana McLawsJune 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Lines are long after 6pm on most nights, but the food is excellent!
  • Jasmine B.
    Jasmine BanafsheJune 8, 2012
    Use a coffee cup for your BBQ sauce! Saw someone do that today, genius.
  • Jami S.
    Jami SmithJune 1, 2012
    BEST free birthday meal EVER! :-)
  • Wendy K.
    Wendy KenneyMay 28, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Everything is good here. I like the 1/3 lb pulled pork sandwich with a side of mac n. cheese. Sometimes I get sliders or wings when they have them. Read more
  • Thompson's R.
    On free bbq day don't leave because line is long it moves quick. Best slaw around
  • Bryce P.
    Bryce PApril 14, 2012
    Get a root beer float. Not much better than homemade root beer and ice cream.
  • Sterling D.
    Sterling DJApril 12, 2012
    Invite a friend and enjoy the sliders.....great meal. Now yell, "This is real"
  • Jacob-Kiki H.
    Jacob-Kiki HantlaMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the rootbeer but it always gives me a headache
  • Adam B.
    Adam BantonMarch 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Get here early, even on wk nights. Worth the wait every time tho
  • Tracy M.
    Tracy McGlynnFebruary 9, 2012
    excellent food!
  • Giancarlo M.
    Giancarlo MartinezFebruary 9, 2012
    Great Ribs
  • Roth™
    Roth™February 5, 2012
    Try the Jumbo Bbq Sandwich
  • Amanda M.
    Amanda ManningJanuary 21, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Awsome bbq, my favorite is the chicken breast either alone or as a sandwich. Best bbq sauce I've had in AZ.
  • Mike J.
    Mike JonesJanuary 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    While the pulled pork is certainly a standard favorite, the ham on a sandwich is mighty tasty!
  • Tanner P.
    Tanner PostertDecember 30, 2011
    The stuffed baker is HUGE!
  • Nathan P.
    Nathan PhillipsDecember 24, 2011
    Best BBQ in arizona!... the bbq ribs are killer... I love the sauce and the homestyle rootbeer.... oh and rootbeer cake!.. this is a place you need to goto!
  • Shane M.
    Shane MasseyDecember 2, 2011
    Don't hang out behind the restaurant after they close unless you want to smell like their meat smokers.
  • Geoff M.
    Geoff MacKenzieOctober 23, 2011
    Average bbq sauce, meat cooked very well. Spicy bbq sauce not spicy. Too much money for what you get. 15-20% over priced. Profit is one thing but $2.35 for a bottle of soda?
  • Kelsey P.
    Kelsey PaulsenOctober 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your food to go by checking out the take-out line outside! It's faster than waiting in line!
  • Paul S.
    Paul SchulteSeptember 15, 2011
    The stuffed potatoes are not to be forgotten. Filling by themselves. But you can add meat toppings.
  • Linda J.
    Linda J.September 14, 2011
    Don't want to wait in line? Saturday from 5 to 5:30 is perfect! If you wait until 6 pm the line is out the door.
  • Andrew E.
    Andrew EdgecombSeptember 11, 2011
    Good food...that's all I can say positive about the place. Suppose that's all that matters though
  • Joe J.
    Joe JohnstonSeptember 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    My favorites: turkey sandwich (jumbo), beans and/or cole slaw, arnold palmer. Use all of the condiments, especially the onion relish and the regular BBQ sauce.
  • Jonathan D.
    Jonathan DavisAugust 24, 2011
    I love this place... good food overall. I usually get the bigger sandwich with 2 meats and take half home. Mac and Cheese, beans, cornbread, and cheesy potatoes are all really great sides.
  • Nadia T.
    Nadia ThinksAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Delicious BBQ sauce
  • Aaron M.
    Aaron MascarenasJuly 23, 2011
    The bbq sandwich is pretty good..
  • Barbara H.
    Barbara HutsonJuly 21, 2011
    Pulled Pork is amazing at this great family spot in old downtown Gilbert. Great for catering too!
  • Todd F.
    Todd ForetJuly 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Brisket Stuffed Baked Potatoe is killer. In fact I recommend everything at Joes!
  • JK G.
    JK GrenceJuly 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Must-try items include the definitely not vegetarian BBQ pit beans, succulent ribs, and turkey so tender it practically falls apart with a stern gaze.
  • Kalia
    KaliaJuly 1, 2011
    DELICIOUS! Especially the pulled pork, corn, Mac and cheese and homemade rootbeer. Atmosphere kinda felt like Disneyland (which i love!)..You'll feel like a better person after you eat here :)
  • Cheshire S.
    Cheshire StripesJune 14, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    It's good to be the mayor! Loves me my Joe's BBQ!!
  • Jay T.
    Jay ThompsonApril 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Need an event catered? Look no further than Joe's BBQ. Awesome service!
  • Stephen W.
    Stephen WillisMarch 28, 2011
    Best BBQ in AZ!
  • Noel S.
    Noel SearlesMarch 3, 2011
    I wouldn't call this the best BBQ in town. Decent but nothing special. Try the real root beer. Takes some getting used to if you are used to the mass produced stuff but still good
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingDecember 9, 2010
    Try the BBQ Turkey & Baked Beans
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