New barbecue restaurant opens in Fremont

2010-11-22T11:40:00Z 2010-11-22T11:42:54Z New barbecue restaurant opens in FremontBrett Ellis/Fremont Tribune Fremont Tribune
November 22, 2010 11:40 am  • 

Fans of Baby Huey's now have another option to get their barbecue fix.

Huey's Smokehouse BBQ opened last week at 2204 N. Bell St. in Fremont. It joins Baby Huey's Barbecue in Fremont and Wooden Windmill in Inglewood, as well as Heavys in Concordia, Kan.

"I think it's neat because we definitely have the town of Fremont covered now," said Kevin Hulett, the creator of Baby Huey's and chief executive officer of In the Sauce Brands.

Josh Strong, co-owner of Huey's Smokehouse BBQ, had been a manager at Baby Huey's on West Military Avenue for several years and said he didn't hesitate when given the chance to run the new restaurant.

"I've eaten a lot of barbecue and I've been with these guys for 10 years and been associated with the product," said Strong said. "They taught me a lot about the smoking process and the time that goes into it."

Strong's wife, Megan, and Bill and Cindy Schuler are the other owners of Huey's Smokehouse BBQ.

The menu is similar to the one at Baby Huey's, although there are some different appetizer options. Hulett said there may be some specialty items added in the future.

Catering isn't available yet, but the restaurant's sauces and seasonings, as well as meat and sides, can be purchased.

Huey's Smokehouse BBQ moved into the location formerly occupied by We'll Smoke U BBQ, which made for an easier transition.

"It was nice to have the interior put together, the restrooms built and the kitchen in place," Hulett said. "We did have to change out a few pieces of equipment and bring in our own smokers and kind of move it to where we're wanting to take care of the customers the way we'd like them to be taken care of."

Strong is excited about the new restaurant's location and said he had seen several new faces in the first week.

"There's a lot of people that drive by on Bell Street that normally wouldn't drive by over there," he said.

Hulett said he believes there are several reasons why Baby Huey's remains popular for people in the Fremont area.

He said a mixture of oak, walnut and fruit woods are used to smoke the meat before a variety of rubs are used. Customers then can choose from the original sweet sauce or a sweet fire sauce.

"We do it as a smoke with a dry rub on it and then we let the customer choose how they want to sauce it up," Hulett said. "A lot of the major chains tend to have the sauce already on it and cover up the flavor of the smoke and everything."

Huey's Smokehouse BBQ is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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