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Having been to at least half a dozen bbq joints over the past three months in places like NC, Oklahoma, Tennessee, New York and Florida...all with pedigrees beyond reproach...my lunch yesterday at Chubbies in Emmittsburg MD continues to be the benchmark of real BBQ.

getting a 1/2lb of pulled pork...(do people know the difference betrween pulled and shredded?)...covered with black smoky bark...a little melted fat, a couple of burt edges...and moist warm meat...man it was just wonderful. The bbq sauces...real bbq not flavored catsup (Ketchup)...the passion of Tom the BBQ king is clear and precise.

You won;t find any purple basil foam on a grilled hand harvested scallop with virgin roefish caviar and pickled truffle slices balanced on a petit silver spoon at this place.

Its about the food and eating and people

Worth the drive...and if people are visiting the historic sites...it is perfectly placed between DC and Gettysburg...

A jewel in the hills of Maryland...

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  1. Well said sodagirl!

    I've been stopping at Chubby's for years on my way back to Rockville from Gettysburg. Have to say that I think their pulled pork platter is the way to go versus ribs. Excellent sauces to accompany "real" smoked meat.


    1. I've been there a couple of times and for me, it's no comparison to some of the better places in the Carolinas. It's maybe on par with Red Hot and Blue, and that ain't sayin' much.

      Let the hate-fest begin.

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      1. re: Beto_pan

        Let me know some of the places in the Carolina's...I've been looking for years...because most BBQ people know that the shredded tasteless BBQ wattered down with sour vinegar is really a bad thing to do to a pig.

        Having eaten just last week at Al and Sons (any idea who they are?)... Carolina BBQ continues to be dry, shredded and bland...in my entire life of eating BBQ...never once have I ever seen a piece of bark even near a piece of pork in the Carolina's

        If it wasn't for their Pecan pie...it wouldn;t be worth the trip...the homeade ice cream was watery as well

        I eat all over the country and Chubbies absolutely on the highest level and compares with anyone else I have seen... KC, Tennessee, Texas, N/S Carolina, Florida, Texas...all the way to the Dinosaur Cafe in Syracuse NY...no one pulls pork better than Chubbies.

        1. re: sodagirl

          Been to Chubbies...once. OK for a stop on the way to antiques in Emmitsburg or a drive to Gettysburg, but "compares to KC or TX"?
          Check out Willards BBQ near Dulles Expo Center, or even Urban BBQ in Rockville.

      2. Agreed - stopped by yesterday on the way through and ordered a brisket sandwich to go. Huge, tasty, perfectly cooked, and the BBQ sauce was outstanding. Definitely worth the stop and yeah, I know from BBQ!

        1. I agree, after that long dead drive on 15 Chubbies is a nice tasty stop in the middle of nowhere. Nice shopping outlet in Gettysburg, and Fredneck has some franchise joints. They do give you a plate full, and it does hit the spot. But it aint great by Q hound standards. There is No killer Q in Fred, Carrol, or Monkey County. Mostly mall food. Think of a Q oasis in a bleak Q landscape and you have Chubbies. A very welcome site indeed. Honestly what can you do, except enjoy what you have available? If it is all you got, it's great. For close to NC style pork Try Harris Teeter. But you wont get as much as you will get at Chubbies!!!! Chub will make you chubby.

          1. This place is not even "ok". I have nothing positive to say about it. If you like fatty, blan meats, sour cream of crab that's thin like noodle soup, tasteless baked beans, then by all means, go to Chubby's on 15.

            The meats were tender, and the bones pulled easily from the meat. Other than that, I have nothing positive to say.

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            1. re: Baillif

              Humm, well, in the middle of nowhere Cubby's aint half bad. Maybe your visit was on a bad day? It is not the greatest, depending on your travels, but it is better than anything with in 10 or 15 miles of that location.

              1. re: RobertM

                But why would you be within 10 or 15 miles of there and want to eat unless you lived there? <g>

                I travel that route coming home from the Boston area now and then and it's often getting close to dinner time when I pass through that area, but I always think "well, it's only another hour and I'll be home" so I don't stop. If there was a really good reason to eat there, I probably would, but so far this discussion is making it sound a bit underwhelming. For me, it's not enough to tell my friends that I had some pretty good BBQ in Emmitsburg.

                1. re: MikeR

                  Well, next time driving by the joint, take a moment to indulge. Then it may be "enough" to tell your friends.

            2. We stopped in at Chubbies on a trip up to Harrisburg a few months ago. Between us we got the ribs and pulled pork and the BBQ Chicken. I must say that the ribs were a disappointment, dry and overcooked babybacks. The pulled pork on the other hand was fantastic. The chicken was very good too. I really liked the mac and cheese side, but the cole slaw was ground up cabbage with a very good flavor. Would have been good if it had been shredded instead of chopped so fine you could use it as morter. The cornbread was not bad, and they served a very good iced tea, southern style, sweetened or not. Service as extremely friendly and efficient and the server (who was also the cashier) seemed shocked at the 20% tip.

              I love pulled pork and since their was very good, I'll give them a good grade.

              1. We've been going to Chubby's since they opened. We like the chicken and the brisket. The sides are nothing to write home about.

                Also, the atmosphere and some of the staff we've encountered over the years still reflect the biker bar attitude this place had in its previous life.

                As other posters have said--not enough of a draw to be a destination, but if you're hungry and happen to be passing through, it's a decent choice.

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                1. re: tubman

                  Funny you should mention bikers. As we drove up we parked next to a big biker sitting on his "hog." He nodded, opened the door for my wife, and said he hoped we enjoyed our meal. He couldn't have been nicer.

                2. Chubby's is good. Nothing bad to say about it. But there are other places in the area I like better. Chubby's has good size portions, some of the largest around. I like the sauces too. I usually stick with the pulled pork. For brisket, I sure miss the Mountaindale Store, but now that is gone I really like the brisket at the Black Hog in Frederick. It's great. I'll also rave about the ribs and pulled pork at Urban in Rockville (a few other locations now too), but I find the sides and service (there is none) lacking there.