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Big Johnson
04-09-2014, 11:19 AM
I have a question that I can't really seem to find on the site. I'm starting to expand my BBQ craft to the masses this year. I want to hit local festivals this Spring and Summer and see if I really want to do this or not.

I've noticed that a lot of the local festivals only give you so much time to prepare onsite before the festival begins. I plan on serving ribs at all festivals I do. I generally need about 6 hours to do ribs which includes the smoker getting to temp. Most of the local festivals like street parties and farmers markets in my area only give you about 3 hours to show up before the event. So my question is do any of you precook ribs before an event? I do have a commissary kitchen that I use. I've catered several events and parties but always cooked Ribs and served right away (Staggered Times as well). I might just have to leave the ribs off my menu. I'm concerned about the quality and I think precooking ribs just might not be what I want to do.

Thanks

BigBellyBBQ
04-10-2014, 05:19 AM
re heat with thinned out sauce or on a char pit

Chuckwagonbbqco
04-10-2014, 10:06 AM
Ribs are usually not popular at festivals ---people do not like to stand up or walk around eating "messy" foods. They do not want to deal with the bones.

If you want to precook and reheat to serve, due to time constraints---warm up is best done on an open grill using charcoal or wood---the reasoning for the open grill is not because it is the best heating method-----the reason is because it is the best selling tool. Folks at festivals buy food with their eyes---meat in smokers is not even seen---it is passed by. An open pit loaded with meat will lure in way more customers.

Puppyboy
04-10-2014, 11:30 PM
We cook all our food a day or two ahead of time and reheat in our oven.

When we do ribs, we sauce & foil before reheating them.

early mornin' smokin'
04-15-2014, 10:54 AM
what kind of permits do you need from the board of health down there? Probably should explain things a little better.

bizznessman
04-16-2014, 02:25 AM
We have tried ribs at festivals and won't do it anymore. As mentioned by Chuckwagonbbqco we also found that very few folks want ribs at these events due to the "mess" and price. They tend to not be willing to shell out for the price of ribs at these events. We stick with pulled pork/brisket sammies, sides & beverages. People like something they can easily eat while walking around (there isn't always seating available at festivals). We keep it simple and fast. The quicker we can get the customer served and cashed out the happier they are. It also helps our gross sales. One event we attend every year is a street festival. They have an ugly dog contest, at 11:00 am, right across from our booth. When it ends at about noon we get hit with around 300 sales in approximately 45 minutes. Sammies are fast to make and serve and have a MUCH higher profit margin than ribs. We also precook the meats and reheat on site with a grill.

Big Johnson
04-23-2014, 10:43 PM
We have tried ribs at festivals and won't do it anymore. As mentioned by Chuckwagonbbqco we also found that very few folks want ribs at these events due to the "mess" and price. They tend to not be willing to shell out for the price of ribs at these events. We stick with pulled pork/brisket sammies, sides & beverages. People like something they can easily eat while walking around (there isn't always seating available at festivals). We keep it simple and fast. The quicker we can get the customer served and cashed out the happier they are. It also helps our gross sales. One event we attend every year is a street festival. They have an ugly dog contest, at 11:00 am, right across from our booth. When it ends at about noon we get hit with around 300 sales in approximately 45 minutes. Sammies are fast to make and serve and have a MUCH higher profit margin than ribs. We also precook the meats and reheat on site with a grill.


Awesome... Thanks for the info. I will look into this for sure

bizznessman
04-24-2014, 02:48 PM
Also, as "early mornin" pointed out, be sure to check with the Health Dept and the event coordinators to ensure that you are "legal". For example here in KS you are allowed to sell food at "up to 6" events per calendar year without being required to have a food license. And the events we attend have their own insurance that covers food vendors. The HD has a few requirements (like having a hand wash station) that must be met. Due diligence is your friend. :grin:

Big Johnson
04-24-2014, 04:05 PM
I have the necessary food license and insurance. In Florida your required to have a food License even though at the events you pay and they issue a food permit. I've just never vended at a local festival and wasn't sure how to go about doing ribs because most events only allow so much time to setup.

mchar69
04-29-2014, 08:00 PM
I get so amped up when reading posts like Big Johnson, bizznessman,
Marubozo, pwa in Alaska, HBMNT , and all the others that rock their grills...
that I want to jump in with both feet.
I don't stand a chance.

bizznessman
04-30-2014, 03:56 PM
I get so amped up when reading posts like Big Johnson, bizznessman,
Marubozo, pwa in Alaska, HBMNT , and all the others that rock their grills...
that I want to jump in with both feet.
I don't stand a chance.

Be sure to wear your high waders!!! :mrgreen:

skullleader1
05-13-2014, 10:02 AM
Here in Chicago...rib tips are very popular...more so then ribs....they are small bite size...and you can sell them cheeper then you would with ribs......and Yes I agree...Biznessman and like the others ROCK! ..with that imfo.