GILBERT, AZ - A Gilbert barbecue joint is offering free meals to the public Wednesday as part of a customer appreciation day.
Joe's Real BBQ, at 301 N. Gilbert Rd., is planning on giving away more than 5,000 free meals.
The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The free meal includes a pulled pork or chicken breast sandwich, coleslaw, "BBQ Pit Beans" and a drink. Meals are limited to one per customer.
Joe's Real BBQ is inviting the public to donate new or gently used books to Loving Through Literacy as part of a book drive. However, book donation is not required to receive a free meal.
This year is the 14th annual Free Barbecue Day. According to a press release, Joe's Real BBQ has given away more than 50,000 free meals since the first promotion in 2000.