On Saturday Steve and I went to look at a 2009 Tiffin Allegro Bay Class RV that was for sale in Margate, Florida. By coincidence the owner of the RV is also the owner of Tillman’s Barbecue! We were a match made in heaven.

Five family members standing in front of a trailer ready for a barbecue competition

The Tillman Barbecue family at a competion.

Side and partial front view of a black, white and gold Class A motorcoach

Tiffin Allegro Bay is at the top of our Class A RV list.

Tillman Lee Newman and his family own Tillman’s Barbecue and compete in competitions all over. They also produce three outstanding sauces. One of which I used to “doctor” my canned baked beans. I love sweet heat and their Apple Chipotle Barbecue sauce really fit the bill perfectly. But more about my beans later. I’m too excited to tell you all about Tillman’s Barbecue so I will do that first.

A man and a woman in black t-shirts inside a cooking trailer.

(Tillman)Lee and Amy Newman inside their BBQ Competition Trailer

I was so touched to learn that their website and Tillman’s Red BBQ Sauce are dedicated to the memory of Lee’s “beautiful Grandmother Ann Carol Nelson 12/5/137 to 4/16/2014”. Apparently it was her Uncle Joe Zsadanyi who developed the original red sauce recipe that started it all. Uncle Joe was in the Army during WWII. He came home to Hialeah when the war was over and this is where he developed his secret sauce recipe which he only shared with family members.

A man in a black t-shirt holding a huge check for $500 for winning the Grand Championship for Brisket.

Lee Newman of Tillman’s Barbecue with his huge check for winning the Brisket Championship.

Fast forward to 2013 when Lee entered his first BBQ competition. He won first place in pork shoulder and best overall backyard cook team and just like that he was hooked on competition BBQ! After winning his first unsanctioned competition he decided to try entering into the Pro BBQ circuit and became an active member of the Florida BBQ Association as well as the Kansas City BBQ Society. He entered the Pro contest at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach in 2013 and won 1st Place in the beef brisket category. He entered again in 2014 and took home 2nd Place in beef brisket. After that he went back to his starting place and competed at the Deerfield Beach Pigout and won Grand Champion! Since that was an unsanctioned event he is on the hunt to achieve a Grand Champion status at a Pro event.

With so many accolades for his sauces he decided it was time to bottle them and make them available to backyard barbecue enthusiasts everywhere. Lucky for me he gave me a bottle of each sauce to play around with in my kitchen. And since Sunday night is our Hotdogs and Baked Beans for dinner tradition I decided to test drive the Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

A pot of beans on the stove with mustard and bbq sauce added. Surrounding the pot are a bottle of Tillman's Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce, an empty can of Bush's Original beans and a bottle of Trader Joe's Spicy Deli Style mustard.

My “doctored” baked beans using Tillman’s Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce.

A pot of cooked baked beans on the stove with a spoon.

Yummy Baked Beans ready to serve!

Our tradition began before we even got married. Steve’s Mom always served hotdogs and baked beans on Saturday nights because it was fast and easy and she really hated to cook. As the years passed Steve and I usually went out to eat on Saturday night so I started making it our Sunday night tradition. (I call it a tradition but don’t worry, we don’t actually have it every single Sunday night. That would be way too boring!!!) I love to cook but after a lazy Sunday in front of the TV or at the beach it is nice to have a fast and easy meal. And in the almost 50 years that Steve and I have been married I think I made real baked beans once. And I am not even sure that they were better than the ones I make using a can of beans. I am almost embarrassed to call it a recipe it is that easy! But I really have to say that using this new Tillman’s Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce made those beans the very best I have made.


Baked Beans

A pot of cooked baked beans on the stove with a spoon.

These yummy baked beans are as easy as opening a can but with so much more flavor!

  • Author: Sandy Axelrod
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 7 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: American


1 (16.5-ounce) can Bush’s Original Baked Beans, drained (I use the lid to hold back the beans and drain off most of the sauce in the can without losing the beans.)

2 tablespoons Tillman’s Apple Chipotle BBQ Sauce or your favorite sweet and spicy BBQ Sauce

1 tablespoon spicy deli style mustard


Empty the drained beans into a small saucepan. Add the mustard and BBQ Sauce and stir well. Heat of medium heat until bubbling and serve immediately.

Keywords: Tillman's Barbecue, side dishes, baked beans, Tillman's BBQ Sauce

Disclaimer: I was given three bottles of Tillman’s BBQ Sauce to taste and test but the opinions are 100% my own! I highly recommend these BBQ Sauces which you can purchase through http://tillmansbbq.com