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New BBQ in Orange County

Andrea | Apr 21, 2003 08:32 AM

Checked out a new BBQ place that apparently just opened up a few weeks ago. "Chumley's BBQ Hut" is on Durland Rd, right off Rte 94 between Chester and Florida in Orange County.
My first trip there I got a take out order of ribs for my husband (and of course, I needed to check for quality control). The dinner came with a corn muffin, which might have been alittle dry, and two sides. I chose mac salad and sweet potato fries. The mac salad was better than most others but the (shoestring)fries were amazing. I can't say enough about them. The ribs were also outstanding, tender and flavorful.
So, we had to go back as a family on Sat night to really investigate. We shared an appetizer of fresh fried chips and chunky salsa (the chips, although warm and tasty were too greasy) and three "entrees", 1/2 BBQ chicken, Tennessee pulled pork, and Texas style BBQ brisket. Again all came with a corn muffin and we tried the cole slaw, mashed potatoes, and baked beans. Cole slaw was very good but the mashed and baked beans were, again, outstanding. The beans had a richer taste...maybe more molasses? Mashed appeared to be from scratch. My favorite was the chicken and in my opinion, infinitely better than Barnstormer in Newburgh. I thought the chicken at the Barnstormer got it's flavor only from the sauce on top; the chicken itself had no flavor. The chicken here had a wonderful flavor inside as well as outside. My husband's fav was the pulled pork and we both loved the brisket. Although we're not BBQ "experts" like some others may be on this site, we enjoy it and we're picky, still trying to find stuff as good as what we've had on trips down south. This place was a hit.
The place is located next to a driving range, and maybe for that reason they offer other menu choices like burgers, dogs, Mexican fare, wraps, salads, ice cream (can't comment on these, didn't try them).
My few complaints/suggestions for the chef, a CIA grad (who's seems to be a nice guy)would be:

Add mac and cheese as a side choice,
and maybe some stewed greens or fried okra,
if there's a big enough turn over of it
Find a way to cut down the grease on the chips
Moisten up the corn muffin batter
Advertise! (I only saw the sign out in front
of the place....on my way to the gym, yet!)

I'd be curious to see what other BBQ aficionados have to say about this place. He's open 10am-9pm, 7 days.

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