View Full Version : My New BBQ adventure

04-13-2011, 03:40 PM
Over the winter I became unemployed and decided this would be the perfect time to follow my dream. The last few years I've been catering and because of the job I could only do 2 jobs a month. Seems I turned down more jobs then I did.

My new gig will be vending at events at our local fair grounds starting with the Anything Equine Expo and in June the Will Nelson Experience.There are also RV gatherings, car shows and 4 wheel jamboree among other things.

During the week I'll vend at a local motel from the parking lot. I have an old snow machine trailer that I'm going to use as the base. It's pretty beat up the steel is solid under the surface rust. Due to the boatload of snow we had this winter I couldn't get the trailer out till last Friday (it has been parked about 300 yards out my side yard for the last 15 years).

I have the approval of the town (PIA) and have been in constant communication with my HUD.

The trailer will have VCT flooring and RFP walls. Also a 40 gallon holding tank and 46 gallon gray water tank. The water will flow with a Shurflow pump and will be heated buy an Atwood instant water heater. I have a 15 sq, ft. non NSF refrigerator (NSF nor required in Vermont) and will use electric food warmers. The electric will be by a 5K Honda generator.

My menu will be PP sandwiches, rigs, chicken drumsticks, smoked sausage and hot dogs.(the motel owner loves hot dogs and he's not charging me). I'll have beans and slaw and other side specials like chili and mac and cheese. And well finish it off with canned drinks and cookies and brownies.

I started last Friday striping but got rained out on Monday, today i painted some things and cut the rafters, (I'm an old broken down carpenter)

Here are some pictures of the start,


More to come, all the parts are in my garage.


3 Rivers BBQ
04-15-2011, 06:46 PM
I wish you sucess in chasing your dream.

04-15-2011, 10:49 PM
Looks like you got a great start on your trailer. Keep the photos coming. Good luck with your new business venture! I'm starting my own vending business as well, I have my first gig next week.

04-15-2011, 11:38 PM
Good luck to you, I wish you great success :thumb:

04-17-2011, 11:07 AM
A few new pictures, raining today. I'm going to paint trim in garage.https://picasaweb.google.com/103200304792624046939/2008_05_05#5595140601961757618

JD McGee
04-17-2011, 11:16 AM
Out of the ashes...:thumb: Great job...looks like you're well on your way! Did I notice a bee hive in that last pic behind your pit?

04-17-2011, 12:46 PM
good luck looks like it is coming along excellent


04-17-2011, 04:51 PM
Nice changes to the Lang. Where do you keep the propane bottle and what do you have on the other side of the smoker?

04-17-2011, 07:03 PM
Nice changes to the Lang. Where do you keep the propane bottle and what do you have on the other side of the smoker?
I only had one door cut when I bought the pit in 2003. The back side has a large basket I use to carry wood, the water jug sometimes and an LP bottle in a milk crate.

When I travel I disconnect the hoses (one from bottle to black pipe and one from black pipe to turkey cooker).

My web site has a link to all the cooker mods we did.

04-17-2011, 07:12 PM
Good luck with your new endevour Rich from the Polocks.

Dallas Dan
04-17-2011, 07:21 PM
That's a fine looking traveling pit. All the best for your new venture!

04-25-2011, 07:20 PM
Put the FRP panels up over the weekend, Wired today. It's a PIA to glue FRP's to ceiling by yourself.


big brother smoke
04-26-2011, 10:22 AM
Damn fine work, Rich! I wish you the best in your new business endeavor, Brother!

04-26-2011, 11:37 AM
Good luck Rich,
you should do fine.

04-28-2011, 09:23 AM
Wish ya the best of luck!!! Nice work on the vending trailer!

04-28-2011, 09:56 PM
From one carpenter to another.....that's some dam fine work!!!
Nice resurrection!! Good luck on your new biz!:thumb:

I hope to follow in your footsteps one day!

04-29-2011, 07:21 AM
From one carpenter to another

I had a framing business till the first back operation then did interiors till the second back operation.For about the last 10 years I've been a sub-contracted superintend. I haven't done this work in a while, I've got pains in places I didn't know I had.....

04-29-2011, 09:54 AM
Welcome to the brotherhood of crazy people. It's going to be a slow start and a little frustrating at times but keep with it. And I'm sure you know it;s hard work. One benefit of me doing more physical work I feel better and needed to buy a new belt and now need another new one. Haven't been on a scales in awhile but I am certainly healthier than I was sitting at a desk all day.

Good luck and let us know how it goes. Aned if you jsut need to talk to somebody give me a shout.

04-29-2011, 10:11 AM
That looks like a lot of weight on those small tires. Just my $.02

04-29-2011, 10:50 AM
I was going to ask the same question. Lot of weight on a single axle isn't it?

04-30-2011, 05:45 AM
I was going to ask the same question. Lot of weight on a single axle isn't it?

95% of the material I bought from Lowe's, They have a program that calculates the estimated weight for the delivery trucks, I came in at under 2000 pounds. It has a 3500 pound axle and tires rated for 3500 pounds. I'm not going to be driving for with it (5 mile round trip) and will put it on jack stands when I park. Wish I could have gotten larger tires and axle but it wouldn't fit.

04-30-2011, 07:59 AM
Good luck with your new adventure.

04-30-2011, 10:25 AM
The best of luck to you Rich. I know you'll do well because it is your dream and you have the passion and drive that it takes. I do miss seeing you folks out on the competition trail and hope our BBQ paths cross again someday soon. Good luck in your new venture.


Lakeside Smoker
05-01-2011, 07:14 AM
Good luck, Rich!
Will we be seeing you at Harpoon this year?


05-01-2011, 04:38 PM
Had a busy week, got final approval from planing commission and today I got the water running. Two small leaks, one a PEX clamp I didn't tighten and a small drip to the inlet to the hot water heater. Just had to tighten it.

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