By Anna-Marie Menhenott
FORT PIERCE -- If there's one thing I love, it's barbecue... Good, old-fashioned, smoked meat with home cooked sides like macaroni and cheese, baked beans and collard greens. They are comfort foods that remind me of growing up.
So, whenever there's a chance to try some, I'm up for it.
Recently, I made a trip to Tillman's Famous BBQ in Fort Pierce. For weeks I have driven by their food truck that is stationed on the corner of U.S. 1 and St. Lucie Boulevard. The smell of slow-cooking meat permeates the air and makes drivers' mouths water whenever they pass by.
I've wanted to stop in, but have never found myself in that area at lunch time. When they opened a second location in the Sabal Palm Plaza I knew it was time to pay them a visit.
The air outside of the restaurant is filled with mouth-watering smells, making the decisions inside the restaurant difficult.
My guest and I decided to try the barbeque ribs and chicken and sample some of the side dishes available.
The ribs were tender with the perfect mix of spices. The meat nearly fell off the bone and almost melted when eaten.
The BBQ chicken was juicy and each bite burst with flavor. My guest and I decided to try some of the many available sauces with the meats and after much discussion; our favorite was a honey mustard sauce that had just the right amount of tangy and just the right amount of sweet.
The dinner is served with a side dish and garlic bread. I don't know how anyone can choose between all of the amazing choices. We were fortunate enough to sample some of the sides, including homemade macaroni and cheese, brown sugar baked beans, collard greens, seasoned green beans and potato salad.
I'm a sucker for great macaroni, and this place is tops on my list.
We were given a sample of a new item recently added to Tillman's menu; barbecue chili. Chili seasonings and beans are combined with BBQ pulled pork for an incredible twist on a familiar dish. The chili can be served on a bun, over rice or on Tillman's loaded fries.
If you still have room after your barbecue, there are plenty of homemade desserts to choose from. Each day there's different choices, however, I was lucky enough to be there when red velvet cake was available. The moist cake was absolutely incredible. The homemade cake and icing were the perfect accompaniment to the barbecue.
Tillman's offers other homemade goodies like sweet tea and corn muffins.
Tillman's Famous BBQ is open Monday - Wednesday, from 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Thursday- Saturday from 10:30 a.m. -10 p.m. and on Sunday, from noon - 8 p.m.
Tillman's food truck is located at the intersection of U.S. 1 and St. Lucie Boulevard in Fort Pierce and their indoor restaurant is located at 2231 South U.S. 1, in Fort Pierce, in the Sabal Palm Plaza.
To have Tillman's cater an event, order food for pick up, find out about delivery service or for more information, call (772) 464-2999.