Housed in a re-purposed church, Joe’s Real BBQ is authentic as it gets when it comes to atmosphere and taste. Joe’s is family owned and operated, and has been an East Valley barbecue staple since 1998. Don’t forget to try one of its desserts or the homemade cornbread, which are almost as good as its meats!
This Gilbert Heritage District barbecue joint is a time-tested East Valley favorite, which made its delicious debut in 1998. Today, Joe’s Real BBQ continues to excite the taste buds with an epic roster of smoky, flavorful meats. Here, proteins are smoked to perfection over Arizona pecan wood, a labor of love that spans 12 hours. There’s no wrong way to order here, truly. Although, the four-meat sampler plate, a medley of ribs, chicken, brisket, pork, and cornbread, makes for a great introduction to what Joe’s has to offer. Complementing all that meat is Joe’s lineup of 12 housemade sides, most of which you’d come to expect from a solid barbecue restaurant. And some, like the fresh beet salad or spicy citrus slaw, are more unexpected. Ultimately, Joe’s Real BBQ is as real as it gets when it comes to authentic ‘cue.