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Pa_BBQ
07-26-2011, 10:19 AM
I have yet to do any catering or selling of Q, took peoples advice on here and when through the process.
Got my business license and food safety inspection completed this morning.
I have a mobile unit ready to go. :-P

CarolinaQue
07-26-2011, 10:22 AM
Is there a demand for 'que where you're at?

Phubar
07-26-2011, 10:23 AM
Is there a demand for 'que where you're at?


I bet he'll provide demand.:thumb:


Good news Brother!

CarolinaQue
07-26-2011, 10:26 AM
Oh, I don't doubt that. It just seems like a cumbersum and expensive venture if there isn't any signs of a demand. I'd just hate to see it not work out as no fault of his own!

I do wish you all the best of luck though!!!

Pa_BBQ
07-26-2011, 10:53 AM
Is there a demand for 'que where you're at?

Oh, I don't doubt that. It just seems like a cumbersum and expensive venture if there isn't any signs of a demand. I'd just hate to see it not work out as no fault of his own!

I do wish you all the best of luck though!!!

Well the only Pulled Pork sandwiches you can get around here are cooked in an oven, and even those are hard to find.
So I would say there is a demand for them.

BBQ is becoming more and more popular and the few people around here that can actually BBQ is rare.

I have been making a living doing photography for the last 8 years, and if you want a career that is becoming over saturated with photographers and a demand that is going away every month that is a great career.

It was not that expensive, I had the trailer & smokers, used craigslist, and amazon.com to get the sink built and a little elbow grease and paint.

Probably will never get rich doing this, but if it will supplement my income a little will be a fun venture.

One thing I always notice, even in a bad economy is that people will still eat, and pay for good food. Can not say that about pictures anymore.

CarolinaQue
07-26-2011, 11:09 AM
I don't doubt what you're saying. But my question is, are people showing a desire for BBQ in general? You may have the best BBQ in the entire state, but if that's not what people in the area want to eat, you won't get any business, that's all.

Just because the only sandwhich around is cooked in oven doesn't mean that there is necessarily a demand for good BBQ, does it?

Just wondering if there was any marketing research done or analyzed before you took the plunge. In other words, how do you know there is a demand in the first place? Have you done catering gigs before to gauge a potential business market?

I'm glad you were able to do it relatively cheap to your cost.

Bamabuzzard
07-26-2011, 11:14 AM
Well the only Pulled Pork sandwiches you can get around here are cooked in an oven, and even those are hard to find.
So I would say there is a demand for them.

BBQ is becoming more and more popular and the few people around here that can actually BBQ is rare.

I have been making a living doing photography for the last 8 years, and if you want a career that is becoming over saturated with photographers and a demand that is going away every month that is a great career.

It was not that expensive, I had the trailer & smokers, used craigslist, and amazon.com to get the sink built and a little elbow grease and paint.

Probably will never get rich doing this, but if it will supplement my income a little will be a fun venture.

One thing I always notice, even in a bad economy is that people will still eat, and pay for good food. Can not say that about pictures anymore.

The wife and I were talking about this very thing coming home the other night. There is a main strip in Shreveport where there is literally miles of road with eateries on both sides of the road. We were driving down this strip the other day and noticed that every parking lot of the eateries were nearly all filled to capacity. And this was during the week. Not on a weekend, which we all know people tend to eat out more. Our society is obsessed with food and convenience. In a bad economy cutting out eating out will be far down on the list of things people decide to cut out in trying to safe money.

J_Don
07-26-2011, 12:28 PM
Good luck with your new venture. :thumb:

Pa_BBQ
07-26-2011, 12:42 PM
I don't doubt what you're saying. But my question is, are people showing a desire for BBQ in general? You may have the best BBQ in the entire state, but if that's not what people in the area want to eat, you won't get any business, that's all.

Just because the only sandwhich around is cooked in oven doesn't mean that there is necessarily a demand for good BBQ, does it?

Just wondering if there was any marketing research done or analyzed before you took the plunge. In other words, how do you know there is a demand in the first place? Have you done catering gigs before to gauge a potential business market?

I'm glad you were able to do it relatively cheap to your cost.

The area recently put in an Applebees, Walmart, Lowes and Bob Evans. I am guessing they did some research before doing so.
Heck now days who knows what will work, but one think is for certain, if you don't try it the chance for success is 0%

Many drink or gamble more in a month than I have invested so not afraid to give it a try.

CarolinaQue
07-26-2011, 12:57 PM
Well, that put's a diferent perspective on things then. So it seems to be a growing area and that's a good thing.

chad
07-26-2011, 12:59 PM
Very kewl. Congratulations and good luck getting the biz started!

Kenny Rogers
07-26-2011, 01:13 PM
Congrats, and best of luck to you in your new venture!

Bamabuzzard
07-26-2011, 01:22 PM
I'm not sure how much reliable "research" you really could have done with regards to the demand for BBQ specifically. Personally, if you see other food joints coming in and setting up shop such as the ones you mentioned then odds are you're in a fertile market. Go for it and good luck!!!

Lake Dogs
07-26-2011, 02:00 PM
Best of luck!!!

Garth57
07-26-2011, 02:09 PM
Good luck, any pics of your rig?

Pa_BBQ
07-26-2011, 08:26 PM
Good luck, any pics of your rig?

I will post some pics, probably tomorrow.

I did this on a budget, and to be honest if I lived in a larger area probably could have purchased a used setup and been further ahead.

What I wanted to do is be legal and spend as little as possible to get there.

I owned a 2010 6X12 Car Mate trailer with 6' ceilings, so just painted the walls and floor, put in a sink system, coolers, fan and light. I will have to have a 10X10 tent and chafing setup to serve but will get me through until I decide if I want to stay small or get bigger.

I can put in a serving window if I choose, but before cutting up the trailer want to see how this fall goes. If it goes extremely well may sell this trailer and pick up a regular concession trailer.

As of now, this trailer looks like any normal trailer until you open the door. I would guess I have less than $500.00 in the sinks, water heater and pump.

HB-BBQ
07-27-2011, 03:01 PM
Congrats PA, you got over the hurdles. I wish you the best of luck in your adventure and keep us posted!

Big_Alvin
07-27-2011, 03:42 PM
best of luck Pa BBQ:thumb:

chambersuac
07-27-2011, 04:35 PM
Congrats and many blessings on your venture!

Smiter Q
07-28-2011, 07:15 PM
Exciting days ahead! Loooooooong ones too! Congratulations!

Pa_BBQ
07-28-2011, 07:18 PM
The nice thing about this is I am not counting on it to make a living, if it pays for my beer and gives me good Q leftovers for a while thats good with me.

But at least when people ask me to cook for them I do not have to hold my breath and hope someone does not get mad and call the HD to turn me in.

Took some elbow grease, a little time but I think will be worth it.
And who knows, could turn into a nice business venture, stranger things have happened.

JS-TX
08-06-2011, 08:01 PM
Good luck Pa BBQ, you got the right attitude to succeed. I wouldn't rely on demographics anyway, my side of town lacks lots of things, but every time they put something up, they do well. Keep us posted.