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ewchippe
05-13-2013, 05:38 PM
I have a contest coming up in a couple of weeks that has a peoples choice contest from 5:00 - 10:00 on Friday night. It is pretty cool, because the tickets cost $1 per ticket and they give back 90% of all tickets collected back to the team. I see this as a pretty decent opportunity to recoup some money spent.

My question is: What should be served?
You should want something that would cost less than .90 each, so that you could make some money. It can be of any size or product as long as it is BBQ.

I am leaning towards a pulled pork slider with a hot link slice on top. Does this sound OK? Let me know if you have any better ideas.

boogiesnap
05-13-2013, 05:42 PM
90 cents a serving, you won't recoup anything. But it's thoughtful on the organizers part.

ewchippe
05-13-2013, 06:08 PM
I was figuring I could do a pulled pork slider for about .50-.60 a serving, am I wrong?

Lake Dogs
05-13-2013, 06:27 PM
Yes, I think you're wrong. The bun alone, even cheap cheap cheap, is probably going to cost $0.14. Small servings, you're going to get 16 per 9lb butt, the butt without seasoning will cost you what, $17? Unseasoned, before cooking anything, we're at $1.10 IF we get that on sale sale sale. Then sauce, it varies WILDLY. Fuel in your smoker, plus spices and seasonings. I think cheap, and I mean CHEAP you're looking at $1.50 each in cost; absolute minimum.

Me, I use better seasonings, only get fresh un-enhanced butts, use expensive sauces plus my own expensive sauce mixture, and dont skimp on meat; I'm looking at a cost around $2.50 per sandwich. That doesnt factor in anything like time.

SDAR
05-13-2013, 06:34 PM
Yep. That's why it's a fun expensive hobby.

ewchippe
05-13-2013, 06:40 PM
Hey Lakedogs, I was figuring you would be able to get about 90 servings per 9lb butt. If its on a small dinner roll, I would assume about 1-2 oz servings. I was figuring .20 per roll and about $35 for pork/rubs/sauces/fuel. This is why I am asking though, I love getting everyones opinions.

landarc
05-13-2013, 07:02 PM
9 pound butt-50% loss=4.5 pounds of meat.

4.5lbs x 16=72 ounces total meat yield.

72oz. / 90=.80 ounces of meat per sandwich. That is a tiny sandwich. That is less meat (about 1/2) than in a McDonalds hamburger.

Lake Dogs
05-13-2013, 07:09 PM
Hey Lakedogs, I was figuring you would be able to get about 90 servings per 9lb butt. If its on a small dinner roll, I would assume about 1-2 oz servings. I was figuring .20 per roll and about $35 for pork/rubs/sauces/fuel. This is why I am asking though, I love getting everyones opinions.

Looking back, you did say slider. Boy, that's tight, and TINY... (see above).

Go for it. If you do break even; score. But honestly, BBQ comps are a hobby, a fairly expensive hobby. I do it largely in areas close to home mainly to entertain my friends and if/when I do well; bonus.

Bigmista
05-13-2013, 07:18 PM
Skip the slider. Just do 2oz of pork in a cup. Don't waste time with the bread. And you should be charging 2 tickets per sample.

Trust me on this one.

ewchippe
05-13-2013, 07:25 PM
I definitely trust your opinion Bigmista. I appreciate the help.

ewchippe
05-13-2013, 07:33 PM
Thanks LakeDogs and Landarc also, I am not doing this to make money, but I don't want to spend a ton extra on the peoples choice when the main thing I am working for is the comp on Saturday.

boogiesnap
05-13-2013, 07:35 PM
Skip the slider. Just do 2oz of pork in a cup. Don't waste time with the bread. And you should be charging 2 tickets per sample.

Trust me on this one.

i dunno, meat in a cup????:wacko:

i know what you're saying, but still, meh.

maybe an open slider? small portion on 1/2 of a roll?

boogiesnap
05-13-2013, 07:37 PM
Thanks LakeDogs and Landarc also, I am not doing this to make money, but I don't want to spend a ton extra on the peoples choice when the main thing I am working for is the comp on Saturday.

and of course, let's be clear, ya aint gonna make money on either. both will be fun, for sure! and that's the cost of entry, but you mentioned recouping. i just wanted to be realistic. :wink:

bogyo1981
05-13-2013, 08:07 PM
You can do a little pulled pork taco. A 3in corn tortilla cost about 3 cents than add the meat and a little sauce

Eggspert
05-13-2013, 09:52 PM
What about chicken wings or moink balls?

Crash
05-13-2013, 10:17 PM
I totally agree with Bigmista. The price of 2oz cups, PP and sauce gives you the best opportunity to make a small profit. Almost anything else is a waste of time and $.

Bigmista
05-14-2013, 10:54 AM
i dunno, meat in a cup????:wacko:

i know what you're saying, but still, meh.

maybe an open slider? small portion on 1/2 of a roll?

It's a sample of the bbq. You can put it on a boat, tray, bowl, whatever. The bread is extra hassle and expense that you don't need, especially if all you are looking for is to cover some of your costs with comp meat.

Bigmista
05-14-2013, 10:59 AM
Personally, I make money on contests but I feed a lot more people doing PC than most folks. If you are planning on just doing your leftover comp meats, you can look to cover your gas money or maybe even your entry fee. If you plan on doing more, make sure the contest draws enough of a crowd to support cooking extra meats.

1st year contests don't draw much of a crowd unless they are tied to some other existing event.

Hawg Father of Seoul
05-14-2013, 11:22 AM
Okay Bigmista.. if you are charging two tickets and you have these long lines.. are you the last man standing or do other teams in your area cook a ton for PC also?

I need the straight dope. Farker has gots to know.

Butt Rubb'n BBQ
05-14-2013, 11:53 AM
Around here they give you two butts to cook then you serve pulled pork in a cup. You don't come up with your own menu item.

Cast Iron Chef
05-14-2013, 12:12 PM
What about chili? I've made chili with leftover briskets. people love it. You could do a 2.5 oz sample of chili and may be able to make money.

Bigmista
05-14-2013, 05:26 PM
Okay Bigmista.. if you are charging two tickets and you have these long lines.. are you the last man standing or do other teams in your area cook a ton for PC also?

I need the straight dope. Farker has gots to know.

Actually it's both. My lines start when the gates open and I'm usually the last man standing. This past weekend we were vendors so we couldn't compete in the PC contest but people insisted on giving us their PC tickets. Our line was 60-70 deep all day especially when people found out we had pig candy. We cooked 3 cases of bacon, 4 cases of hot links, 3 cases of pork country sausage (used it to make "hot balls") 2.5 cases of pork butt, 60 racks of st. louis ribs, 5 briskets and 2 pastramis. We brought home a pan of pork butt.