Time to head back into “Old Town Gilbert” for another stroll down restaurant row to a place to fill a hankering for BBQ, Joe’s Real BBQ. When Joe says “Real BBQ”, he’s not kidding. So real that my brother from Texas likes it. If you know Texans, you know that’s quite a compliment. The barbecue is slow cooked over pecan wood and is tender, juicy and so so yummy!
Joe’s is located in a real 1929 brick building set in the time that Arizona was all about agriculture. We’ve always received friendly service, which is saying something for a place that often has a line out the door just to order. If you just can’t wait and need to take your food and run, they do have a walk up window that you can order from too.
Once inside, you order then choose where to sit. The inside is quaint and full of old farm charm. If my Dad was still with me today, the ability to sit inside a farm house that’s inside the restaurant next to a big tractor, would make his Iowan farmer’s heart very happy.
If the weather is cooperative you can also sit outside on benches or in a covered veranda. A sink to wash all the BBQ goodness off your hands is located outside near the restrooms. There’s plenty of seating, inside and out, which helps the long line to get in move fairly quickly.
Have I mentioned before that I’m a carnivore? I know, I know….we could start a debate on how animals are treated, farm raised vs organic etc. but that’s not what this post is about. (Although I do prefer organic and farm raised but I’m not as strict about it as I should be). If you are one who desires, wants or needs gluten free, they do have gluten free buns.
I’ve tried many of their meat options. I say “many” because I came across one I love so much that I just can’t find it in myself to order anything else. Their meat choices are fairly extensive and include pulled pork, pork ribs, beef brisket, chopped brisket with BBQ sauce mixed in, chicken breast, bone-in chicken, turkey breast, hot link sausage, turkey jalapeno sausage and my very favorite, pit ham. Seriously, it’s some of the best ham I’ve had. They also have plenty of sides that harmonize with the country charm, such as coleslaw, applesauce, cheesy potatoes, mac and cheese and more. While I’ve heard favorable reports, I can’t go there without ordering their salad with the ham on top. The only downside is they only have BBQ Ranch dressing as an option. Personally, I use their variety of peppers that they offer as a side and skip the dressing for the most part. The meat and veggies are all so good that it’s more than I could possibly eat, even though I want to eat all of it. My husband is a fan of the brisket options. The BBQ brisket on their massive stuffed potato is enough for one very hungry appetite or you can share, if you’re willing to give it up.
They also have dessert, cornbread and homemade root beer. By now, you probably know I’m a water or iced tea kind of girl. Their iced tea is not fancy but it’s fresh and tasty. FYI, Joe’s gives you a free meal (up to $10 off) on your birthday. Celebrating your life with good food sounds wise to me. I’m not saying I will always be here on my birthday, but I was this year!