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RangerJ
07-18-2013, 01:23 PM
6 weeks of submitting resumes and kissing up to corporate America netted me nothing so...

I'm entering the arena of slinging meat for a living. Coming to a corner near someone, somewhere in Texas is

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_0275_zps0dc10b07.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_0275_zps0dc10b07.jpg.html)

Need to get it wrapped with my logo and I have to order something to cook on for the porch but Whoop, there it is!

I'm probably going to create a blog to chronicle this, some would say, foolishness. I'll post it here when I do.

Once upon a time, in Airborne School, I stood in the door waiting for the green light. I had no idea if any of the crap they told me or the equipment was going to work but at that point I was committed. Same feeling in my stomach now.

More to follow....

FLAQUE
07-18-2013, 01:32 PM
Congrats brother! I wish you the best. You're doing what I hope to be doing in the near future. How much did you pay for the trailer if you don't mind me asking? I'll be following closely!

mr_ski73
07-18-2013, 01:40 PM
Big time Congrats!!! Wish I had the guts.

Cant wait to read the blog and good luck!!!

:clap2::clap2::clap2:

Mahoney86
07-18-2013, 01:41 PM
Congrats man! The company I have been working for is going under shortly and Ive been sending resumes for months. Im "overqualified". Seriously been considering buy a trailer just like you and setting up shop 30seconds from my house on the highway the feeds all the NJ beaches.

dwfisk
07-18-2013, 02:18 PM
Congratulations and best of luck!

hamiltont
07-18-2013, 02:56 PM
Make good BBQ, they will come... Livin' the dream! Good Luck!!!

RangerJ
07-20-2013, 06:05 PM
Vinyl wraps ordered will start taking place on Monday.

Went with the same design as my comp logo, only changed the bottom from competition cookers to "barbeque".

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/logo2_zpsd3b8352b.png (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/logo2_zpsd3b8352b.png.html)

Going to keep things simple, will add the web address, phone number and the twitter logo across the bottom.

Once some things slow down, I'll get a tumblr site up for anyone who is bored and wants to follow along.

Might be cooking on UDS's and dragging the Jambo around to start, seems all the pitbuilders around here are months behind.

More to follow...

308fan
07-20-2013, 06:55 PM
Looking good RangerJ. I will be following your venture.

Smoke House Moe
07-20-2013, 10:40 PM
Nice rig dude.

Cook good Q and the word will spread.
Just be prepared for the loss of sleep till you get your processes down. But you have done comp, so that will help.

The Cosmic Pig
07-21-2013, 09:21 AM
Is that a Cargo South trailer? Nice!

RangerJ
07-24-2013, 05:37 PM
Wraps Done.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_0298_zps27450ed0.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_0298_zps27450ed0.jpg.html)

Serving Side.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_0297_zpse5343235.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_0297_zpse5343235.jpg.html)

Starting the process for approvals in the City of Houston / Harris County, the Ft. Bend and Wharton Counties.

SDAR
07-24-2013, 06:15 PM
Good looking rig Ranger. Best of luck to you. I'm sure you'll do well. I'll see if you are around somewhere next time I'm in Sugar Land.

landarc
07-24-2013, 06:26 PM
That looks great, imagine that the appearance factor is covered.

RangerJ
07-24-2013, 07:19 PM
Good looking rig Ranger. Best of luck to you. I'm sure you'll do well. I'll see if you are around somewhere next time I'm in Sugar Land.

Get on the Twitter if your not, its my preferred social network, lots of Que guys there. I'll be all over and hope that at some point I can settle in. Not limiting the "mobile" part of the operation as I have multiple weekend gigs lined up in August already.

I have a quote from the guys at PM for some smokers. Vertical just seems to make the most sense at this point and, rolling down here with an SP or OH, is probably not going to get folks to stop.

going to try and squeeze Bedford in as perhaps the last hurrah on the competition circuit, if your going let me know.

RangerJ
07-24-2013, 07:21 PM
That looks great, imagine that the appearance factor is covered.

Thanks!

Well its not as sexy as my sign on my Jambo that was airbrushed with lots of metallic paint, but I have to say, it does pop! Driver side is a rolling bill board.

Now, all the other things that I read about on here and elsewhere that I said.."pshaw" about, well umm, lets just say they are keeping me quite busy.

SDAR
07-24-2013, 07:30 PM
Get on the Twitter if your not, its my preferred social network, lots of Que guys there. I'll be all over and hope that at some point I can settle in. Not limiting the "mobile" part of the operation as I have multiple weekend gigs lined up in August already.

I have a quote from the guys at PM for some smokers. Vertical just seems to make the most sense at this point and, rolling down here with an SP or OH, is probably not going to get folks to stop.

going to try and squeeze Bedford in as perhaps the last hurrah on the competition circuit, if your going let me know.

We decided not to do Bedford this year. It was way too hot and expensive from Amarillo. Hope you do well.

caseydog
07-24-2013, 07:45 PM
Good luck. I have been self-employed most of my adult life, and I'm self employed now. It is not for everyone -- you have to be a little bit crazy to live like this.

But, being a cancer survivor makes it a little easier to be a little bit crazy. I ride this roller coaster and sleep well -- most nights.

My only advice is to be realistic about the short-term, and stay focused on the long term. I hope you have deep enough pockets to get you through the short term. I went through some rough times, but never lost my house.

If this is about making a living, I wouldn't waste money competing. How many consumers really know anything about competition BBQ -- of care about it. If your rig puts out a good smell, people will want to check it out. If your que is righteous, give out samples in little cups. Think like a crack dealer -- give them a little taste, and get them hooked.

Seriously, IMO, don't focus on making BBQ that wins competitions. Focus on making quality BBQ that ordinary people want to eat. Serve up BBQ that Houstonians can't get at Colter's or Spring Creek BBQ, but isn't as pretentious as competition BBQ. Give people what they want to eat.

Keep us posted. I get down to Houston on a regular basis. I'd like to taste you que. I hope it rocks!

CD

mikeleonard81
07-25-2013, 01:56 AM
Great looking rig:clap: Best of luck!!!!!

bbbflash
07-29-2013, 05:05 AM
Looks great mate! I want one! Lets see some more pic and some of the inside. This is something that has been in the front of my mind for the last two weeks. It may be years away for me, but I wish you luck! I am a marketer an I like the idea of twitter especially if you are mobile. This will let your followers find you everyday and if done right, a great marketing tool! Again, good luck and I'll be watching.

BulloftheWoods
07-29-2013, 09:54 PM
I have one on order just like it. I had the back enclosed with flip up doors. Fitting it with an Ole Hickory CTO. What size truck are you pulling it with?

RangerJ
07-31-2013, 09:57 AM
I have one on order just like it. I had the back enclosed with flip up doors. Fitting it with an Ole Hickory CTO. What size truck are you pulling it with?

Toyota Tundra or my partners GMC Denali 4 x4 truck.

Did you get that Ole Hickory out of Huntsville or order new? I think he told me it went up your way.

Good luck out there!

BulloftheWoods
07-31-2013, 11:12 AM
Toyota Tundra or my partners GMC Denali 4 x4 truck.

Did you get that Ole Hickory out of Huntsville or order new? I think he told me it went up your way.

Good luck out there!

I have a Tundra 4x4, was worried it might not be big enough to pull it. I bought the Ole Hickory CTO from a BBQ restaurant in Bowie, Tx that went out of business. Gave $3000.00 for it. Excellent shape.

MoKanMeathead
07-31-2013, 12:50 PM
6 weeks of submitting resumes and kissing up to corporate America netted me nothing so...

I'm entering the arena of slinging meat for a living. Coming to a corner near someone, somewhere in Texas is

I'm probably going to create a blog to chronicle this, some would say, foolishness. I'll post it here when I do.

Once upon a time, in Airborne School, I stood in the door waiting for the green light. I had no idea if any of the crap they told me or the equipment was going to work but at that point I was committed. Same feeling in my stomach now.

More to follow....

Just saw this Wes...good luck with your new venture. Save a weekend early in the year to cook a contest with Jeff and I!!

RangerJ
07-31-2013, 01:41 PM
Just saw this Wes...good luck with your new venture. Save a weekend early in the year to cook a contest with Jeff and I!!

You know it, Brother. Mi Casa es Su Casa!

I'll keep an eye out for one with a big Calcutta.

Hitman0321
08-23-2013, 07:47 PM
Good luck brother! Feet and knees together, count, check canopy and gain canopy control!

RangerJ
08-29-2013, 05:59 AM
Good luck brother! Feet and knees together, count, check canopy and gain canopy control!

Ain't no controlling this canopy I fear....

Update - spending more money then you budget for is not a lie... working harder than you thought you would is not a lie.. making less than you have before is not a lie... But we continue to march. We have operated in the black every night out, covering COGs and putting some in the bank. The large purchase of the trailer and the pits notwithstanding.

Still looking for a place to be a BBQ trailer people can find, but land / rent is expensive so for now we operate like a food truck. We sit wherever folks will have us and sell what we can. Not ideal, not what I had in mind but it's early in the game.

Some pics for your viewing pleasure.

one of our spots, nice Htown view in the background.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04161_zps373b190a.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04161_zps373b190a.jpg.html)

Nightime shot

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04092_zps41b88004.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04092_zps41b88004.jpg.html)

Another one of our spots. Sold out completely this night, our 3rd night out.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04281_zpsa3a1dece.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04281_zpsa3a1dece.jpg.html)

Same locations just looking from the stadium towards downtown.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04251_zps7fe16ca2.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04251_zps7fe16ca2.jpg.html)

Someone asked for an inside pic, this was after the sell out.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04291_zpsc0739177.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04291_zpsc0739177.jpg.html)

Still waiting for the pits to be completed so we had to improvise for a private event. An oil company had purchased and slaughtered a cow during the rodeo so we cooked up 20 pounds of ground beef, both briskets and 16lbs of boneless short ribs for their party.

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04361_zps5baace7c.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04361_zps5baace7c.jpg.html)

And the Jack Daniels girls like the home made Mac and Cheese!

http://i591.photobucket.com/albums/ss352/jurenax4/IMG_04411_zps2a9ded53.jpg (http://s591.photobucket.com/user/jurenax4/media/IMG_04411_zps2a9ded53.jpg.html)

BulloftheWoods
09-01-2013, 11:15 AM
Hang in there. Looks like you are off to a good start.

Fooskey
09-01-2013, 01:15 PM
Still waiting for the pits to be completed so we had to improvise for a private event. An oil company had purchased and slaughtered a cow during the rodeo so we cooked up 20 pounds of ground beef, both briskets and 16lbs of boneless short ribs for their party.

Did you enjoy the fresh beef? I was under the impression that freshly slaughtered beef had a metallic flavor as the beefiness comes with aging.

Chubbs
09-01-2013, 03:32 PM
Keep the updates coming, will be following this closely. Congrats mate!

LMAJ
09-01-2013, 04:47 PM
Good luck! That's the way to take the plunge!

brog315
09-03-2013, 03:39 PM
Awesome to get to see and follow along with your venture. You were one of the first people I met at my inaugural BBQ competition, and a hell of a nice guy. I wish you great success, and hope to be by to try some que one day.

Tim - Whiskey Wasted Bar-B-Que

Triple T BBQ
09-04-2013, 09:13 PM
One Texan to another. Best of luck with the new business. You look like your doing it right! Keep it up and they will keep lining up for the good stuff. Nice job!!!