Smokehouse BBQ Grill in Vero Beach:Best Braised Cabbage


SmokehouseBBQGrillInteriorSome days, I just get a craving for some good ole barbeque.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill on US 1 in Vero Beach not only has some great BBQ but some amazing sides as well.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill used to be called Fatboys back in the day but over time with the change of owners, the name has changed as well.

The interior is fairly basic, some booths and wooden decor.  The music overheard was 80’s music.


The menu has BBQ, steaks, salads, sandwiches and homemade desserts.  I didn’t order a salad but from what I saw, the salads were a good hefty size.  For an appetizer I had the fried okra ($5.49).  Nothing amazing to make note of, just some fried okra served with ranch.  I also felt like it was overpriced for the amount we received.

When I’m at a bbq place, I gotta get some sweet tea!  The sweet tea here is more like SWEEEEEET tea.  Not enough tea flavor for me and tasted like straight up sugar water.

My friend and I each ordered the 1/2 rack and a Smokehouse BBQ meat.  There were so many options, I really had a hard time deciding.  So he ordered the Baby Back Ribs with the sliced beef ($16.99) and I had the St. Louis Ribs with the Carolina ($14.99).  The Carolina is a mixture of pulled beef and pulled pork combined and tossed in the mild sauce.

The sides available are french fries, BBQ beans, mac & cheese, coleslaw, hot or cold cabbage, macaroni salad and potato salad.  They also have sweet potato fries for an additional $0.50.

SmokehouseBBQGrillBabyBackRibsBeefBeansColeslawThis is the 1/2 rack of Baby Back Ribs. sliced beef, BBQ beans, coleslaw, and garlic toast.  The baby back ribs were tender and full of flavor.  I could have just eaten the ribs without sauce.  The smokiness was great!  The sliced beef was just as how it sounds, very lean tasting.  The bbq beans were alright and the coleslaw wasn’t too shabby either.  The garlic toast… MMMM…. Anything garlic is excellent in my book.  I really enjoyed the toast because it was full of flavor without being greasy.  Eating ribs is greasy enough, I don’t like my bread oily so the garlic toast was perfect!

SmokehouseBBQGrillStLousRibsCarolinaCabbageMacCheeseThis is the small portion of St. Louis style Ribs, Carolina meat, Smokehouse hot cabbage and macaroni and cheese, and garlic toast.  The St. Louis style ribs were great too.  It really comes down to your personal preference when it comes to ribs.  I thought both were really enjoyable.  The Carolina meat would be great for sandwiches.  The hot cabbage was my favorite item of all.  Seriously, amazing tasting cabbage!!  Tender braised cabbage, bacon, and onions with a slight sweetness.  Anything with bacon is amazing, am I right?  The macaroni and cheese was a bit underwhelming for me.

The sauces they have here is Mild, Hot, Sweet, and Mustard.  I made a mixture of about 40% Hot, 40% Sweet and 20% Mustard.


Man, so much food!  But I couldn’t turn down the homemade desserts.  Smokehouse BBQ Grill has cookies ($0.50 each), banana creme pie, coconut creme pie, peanut butter pie, key lime pie, pecan pie and peanut butter with chocolate chips pie for $3.50 each.  The server said the peanut butter pie was the most popular but she liked the banana creme pie the most.  Sounds like a fine idea to me!  Wow, this is some good pie!  They always say a good crust makes a good pie and this certainly was tasty.  Along with a side of coffee, I was a happy camper.




Overall, the food is good here although certain items are slightly overpriced.  The best thing was the cabbage, I think it’s worth just ordering on its own and nothing else.  Well, maybe some pie too.  :)


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