Tag Archives: Sliced Pork

Tilmo’s Bar B Que Slices It Up Thin in West Mobile

24 Apr

Tilmo’s Bar B Que is located just west of the Mobile Airport on Airport Boulevard. It is fairly easy to find — but way out on the western outskirts of town. Dreamland BBQ, The Shed, and Brick Pit continue to battle it out inside the city limits of Mobile. Tilmo’s has created it’s own little niche with this one and only location. Motor much further west and you’ll be hitting the Mississippi state line.   

Tilmo’s is housed in a rather spartan concrete block building with a most understated sign. It’s not that they’re not proud of their establishment. It’s just that big signs are pricey and this joint was apparently started on a shoestring and a dream. Can’t blame ’em for that, can we?

After you place your order, your server will bring you a black plastic basket toting a couple slices of fresh white bread and a cup of Tilmo’s signature BBQ sauce. It’s pretty special stuff and you’ll have to fight the temptation to fill up on it. Dip a single bread end into the sauce and take a little taste. It’ll surely get your taste buds revved up.

There’s not a lot of decor or atmosphere inside Tilmo’s. They are obviously going with a “keep it simple” philosophy. I did find the above painting somewhat amusing. They’re not doing whole hog BBQ at Tilmo’s … they specialize is pork shoulders smoked on the premises and then thinly sliced “deli style.” The owner (who was also my server this particular day) explained that his father had fond memories of an Old Mobile restaurant serving their BBQ sandwiches in this manner.

The sliced pork BBQ sandwich at Tilmo’s was very good indeed — smoky and surprisingly lean. Sure, there were a few streaks of pork fat throughout, but that only added to the distinctive flavor. Fat = Flavor, right? I sampled a couple slices sans sauce and found the pork to be quite tasty. I love the little crispy burnt edges. The meat tasted of country ham and/or good hickory smoked bacon. The sauce is great — one of the best in the Mobile area. It’s got a nice bite to it and I dig that.

I had been told the cole slaw at Tilmo’s was special, so I made sure to make that my side order. In hindsight, I wish I had tried the fried okra or sweet potato fries. I’m sure the slaw has its loyal followers, but I was not that impressed. It was a tad dry and bitter for my liking. I had pre-ordered some banana pudding for dessert, so I only polished off about 1/2 of my cup of slaw. You might say I was pacing myself.

The banana pudding, as advertised, was excellent. You will find it especially rewarding if you like lots of whipped cream on top. They certainly do not skimp here at Tilmo’s. The pudding was rich and creamy. There were also plenty of vanilla wafers at the bottom to provide the appropriate amount of counter-texture. A mighty fine way to conclude my lunch.

Tilmo’s probably won’t alter your universe, but they do make a very good pork BBQ sandwich. Their homemade sauce is first rate and the staff is working extremely hard to make this place the best it can be. We invite you to give them a try. We’ve heard the ribs are excellent and BBQ beef brisket is something you don’t normally find this far removed from the Texas border. Stop in and give ’em a shot. Tell ’em Dixie Dining sent you over. And don’t forget to save room for some of that nanner puddin’!

Tilmo’s Bar B Que – 10130 Airport Boulevard; 251 633-8109

Slim’s BBQ in Arcadia FL

2 Feb

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 Stopped at this locally owned BBQ joint on our way to West Palm Beach.

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 There were lots of cars in the parking lot – always a good sign!

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The chow was not bad at all. Good BBQ is hard to find in the Sunshine State and these folks are trying hard. The Q is smoked with local Oak and my BBQ 1/2 chicken platter was pretty darn good. Nice smoky exterior with plenty of tasty, not-too-dry white meat inside.  The slaw and garlic toast were nicely prepared and the beans tasted right even if they were a tad on the mushy side. I’ll have to ask them about what kind of beans they’re using. They seemed very small and delicate — almost like zipper peas??? I was shocked to see Cumquat Pie on the dessert marker board. We were highly impressed with that, but just too full in the gut to give it a shot. Gotta believe it tastes something like Key Lime Pie.

The help was friendly and we spotted plenty of old dudes sporting western boots, Wrangler jeans, and camouflage lids. In fact, I had a bit of a Texas flashback during our brief visit at Slim’s. There really aren’t that many non-chain dining choices in this town, so we would suggest that you can dine at Slim’s with a certain degree of confidence. We hope to try Gladys’ Restaurant in Okeechobee the next time we travel this rather unpopulated stretch of highway between Sarasota and West Palm Beach.