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Bigmista
01-18-2009, 06:11 PM
Talk about a great day! We doubled what we made at Watts yesterday. We sold out of everything. Brisket was gone in the first hour and a half. WE could have sold twice what we did easy. Will double up on the meat next week!

WOW!

HeSmellsLikeSmoke
01-18-2009, 06:15 PM
Great news. You guys deserve it.

BBQ Grail
01-18-2009, 06:20 PM
It won't be long until Bigmista and Mrs. Mista are as famous as those two Neely's only better on TV.

Spydermike72
01-18-2009, 06:30 PM
Nice!!

Great job!!

Marsha
01-18-2009, 06:48 PM
Congratulations to the MistaCrew!!! :D

Bigdog
01-18-2009, 06:54 PM
Do what you love and the money will follow. :icon_cool

Bigmista
01-18-2009, 07:05 PM
Now I'm looking forward Lawndale on Wednesday!

Butts-n-gutts
01-18-2009, 07:13 PM
Congrats! Its great when someone has a dream and it actually works for them. I look forward to hearing how your buisness keeps growing, gives everyone hope.

smokinit
01-18-2009, 07:41 PM
Nice bro great job!!

KuyasKitchen
01-18-2009, 10:07 PM
Great news, bigmista! Congrats!

hossrocks
01-18-2009, 11:35 PM
Nice Job man! It's alot of work but its alot of fun and the people are great. Good to hear it's working out Big.

WannaBeBBQueen
01-19-2009, 06:32 AM
WTG!! So can you quit your day job yet? lol

bbqbull
01-19-2009, 06:40 AM
Congrats on the sucess!

KuyasKitchen
01-19-2009, 06:45 AM
Hate to be a party pooper ... especially after I chimed in with my congratulations. Pictures? Would like to see how a decent vend is setup.

Bigmista
01-19-2009, 08:58 AM
Julie: Not yet. But that's definitely what we are working towards.

James: I'm working editing a video but I will post one this evening for you. But you can always do a search for Bigmista and Watts to see our setup. It doesn't change much.

Rookie'48
01-19-2009, 07:31 PM
WTG!! So can you quit your day job yet? lol

He still needs another two gigs a week to properly spoil the little boss-lady :biggrin:. Plus his day job :twisted: !







By the way - congrats!

leanza
01-19-2009, 08:12 PM
Way to go Mista. Congrats to your whole crew. Keep the quality flowing.

Brian in So Cal
01-19-2009, 08:39 PM
Congrats Mistas, That is so cool!

grillfella
01-19-2009, 11:34 PM
Good job neil I am still waiting to here from my friend on picking up that red oak for us.

Norcoredneck
01-20-2009, 03:10 AM
Congrats Neil and Phyllis and Crew.

big brother smoke
01-20-2009, 11:39 AM
Congrats to you man!

Porky
01-20-2009, 12:18 PM
Can you say XL Spicebox, congrats Big Mista.

Bigmista
01-20-2009, 12:34 PM
Thank you all! We are definitely looking forward to next week.

And while that bigger spicebox is on the horizon we need to get a truck first to pull it!

Divemaster
01-20-2009, 02:41 PM
Congrats brother!!! One of these days I would love to talk to you about how you're doing it...

Norcoredneck
01-20-2009, 03:53 PM
WTG!! So can you quit your day job yet? lol

He still needs another two gigs a week to properly spoil the little boss-lady :biggrin:. Plus his day job :twisted: !







By the way - congrats!

Neil is turning Jamacian :biggrin:

Bigmista
01-20-2009, 05:17 PM
Don't cha know it Mon!

Mad Max
01-20-2009, 06:49 PM
All the best to Bigmista and Mrs. Bigmista! Congrats and lots more success!

MrsMista
01-21-2009, 12:47 AM
Hate to be a party pooper ... especially after I chimed in with my congratulations. Pictures? Would like to see how a decent vend is setup.

Luckily the people don't judge our food by the unorganized set-up. I plan to hire someone to help Neil and Glenn with their space set-up and packing skills.

Marsha
01-21-2009, 11:39 AM
Luckily the people don't judge our food by the unorganized set-up. I plan to hire someone to help Neil and Glenn with their space set-up and packing skills.

Is it a guy thing!? I swear my hubby can't set up without me! :lol:

MrsMista
01-21-2009, 01:16 PM
Is it a guy thing!? I swear my hubby can't set up without me! :lol:

I'm letting them live in their chaos for the most part but straighten up here and there.

Marsha
01-21-2009, 09:09 PM
I'm letting them live in their chaos for the most part but straighten up here and there.

Ahhh, brilliant!
I just try to keep the front end/ordering window in some semblance of tidiness. LOL

Bigmista
01-22-2009, 11:45 AM
I'm right here! I can hear you!!

MrsMista
01-22-2009, 01:27 PM
I'm right here! I can hear you!!

But do you listen?

Bigmista
01-22-2009, 02:48 PM
But do you listen?

To what?

Marsha
01-22-2009, 05:19 PM
but do you listen?

to what?

lol!

Bigmista
01-26-2009, 08:19 AM
Truly Amazing!!!

We took twice as much meat this week and still sold out!! I love this place!!!

Ashmont
01-26-2009, 08:23 AM
Truly Amazing!!!

We took twice as much meat this week and still sold out!! I love this place!!!


So would it be worth 3 times as much or did you sell out later? Congrats... Oh almost done with laminate floor in basement. FARRRRK.. Its not hard just time consuming and have to move carp around because Mrs. Ash cant get rid of chit. So you can call off the home remodelers.

Marsha
01-26-2009, 08:30 AM
Truly Amazing!!!

We took twice as much meat this week and still sold out!! I love this place!!!

Wow, good job! Those people obviously know good BBQ when they taste it :eusa_clap

Bigmista
01-26-2009, 09:24 AM
So would it be worth 3 times as much or did you sell out later? Congrats... Oh almost done with laminate floor in basement. FARRRRK.. Its not hard just time consuming and have to move carp around because Mrs. Ash cant get rid of chit. So you can call off the home remodelers.

Stuff ran out towards the end of the day. I think it ran out in this order:

1. Fatties
2. Tri-tip
3. Pulled Pork
4. Ribs
5. Brisket
6. Links

I think we could still go up 2.5 times the original. It's still early in the year. By summer it could be four times as much.

And hopefully the reviews from the BBQ Crawl will help!

http://www.mybbqpit.com/forum/topics/reviews-of-the-southern

tonto1117
01-26-2009, 09:50 AM
Congrat's folks!! Sounds like you all are on a roll and it's just the begining.8-)

Very nice write up and review except for the chicken. Do you think you over seasoned it??...... Will you change it up as a result of the feedback??. Just curious.

big brother smoke
01-26-2009, 11:30 AM
Congrats again Mistas!

Professor Salt
01-26-2009, 11:47 AM
Congrats! Your point about it being "winter" is spot on. Even though we have year-round farmers markets, this is still a slow time of year for the vendors

Bigmista
01-26-2009, 11:55 AM
Congrat's folks!! Sounds like you all are on a roll and it's just the begining.8-)

Very nice write up and review except for the chicken. Do you think you over seasoned it??...... Will you change it up as a result of the feedback??. Just curious.

That was my fault. I left it in the brine too long. That will be corrected.

jestridge
01-27-2009, 07:59 PM
it appear you and wife have a great business, wish both of you the very best

Bigmista
02-02-2009, 11:56 AM
Another big day in Atwater Village!

We were about $100 off from last week but it was still better than any other day at any other market. The Market Manager told me that we are already outselling all of the other food vendors. She said we were her stars!

Another lady said that she had eaten BBQ in Texas, Memphis and KC and she said that mine was the best she ever had. Made us feel good!

Bigmista
02-09-2009, 11:22 AM
The rain kicked our butts this week. Folks just didn't come out. Only a little over half of what we usually do. We still had some regulars show up though.

Brian in So Cal
02-09-2009, 07:50 PM
You will get em next weekend.

MrsMista
02-09-2009, 11:57 PM
You will get em next weekend.

You're always just a ray of sunshine.

SmokeWatcher
02-10-2009, 06:03 AM
The rain kicked our butts this week. Folks just didn't come out. Only a little over half of what we usually do. We still had some regulars show up though.
Nuttin' will stop a true BBQ'er....or a BBQ eater for that matter!

Bentley
02-10-2009, 09:56 PM
Do you ever have plans to sell bulk? Do folks ever ask if you have any bulk or by the lb.? Do you give any breaks for volume buys?

MrsMista
02-10-2009, 10:43 PM
Do you ever have plans to sell bulk? Do folks ever ask if you have any bulk or by the lb.? Do you give any breaks for volume buys?

For the newer markets if you want to sell by the lb you have to have scales on the premises. We do sell ribs by the half ($10) or whole ($18). I looked at scales today. We will sell in bulk based on our catering prices which is usually $10/lb.

MrsMista
02-10-2009, 10:45 PM
We start El Segundo tomorrow and the market manager there told me a lot of the customers like to buy bulk like whole briskets or pork butts. So we're gonna see how that goes.

Norcoredneck
02-10-2009, 10:46 PM
For the newer markets if you want to sell by the lb you have to have scales on the premises. We do sell ribs by the half ($10) or whole ($18). I looked at scales today. We will sell in bulk based on our catering prices which is usually $10/lb.

Seen a few scales on Craigslist lately. Want links?

MrsMista
02-10-2009, 10:54 PM
Seen a few scales on Craigslist lately. Want links?

Sure

Bigdog
02-11-2009, 06:23 AM
Does it need to be a certified scale? Around here it does and some dude goes around checking them. We call him the scale Nazi.

MrsMista
02-11-2009, 02:51 PM
Does it need to be a certified scale? Around here it does and some dude goes around checking them. We call him the scale Nazi.

For one particular market it has to be certified and approved by the County Sealer of Weights and Measures. Who knew there was such a job?

Countryhb
02-11-2009, 03:22 PM
For one particular market it has to be certified and approved by the County Sealer of Weights and Measures. Who knew there was such a job?
Next time you are at the gas station, check out the seal on the pump. Same dept.

MrsMista
02-11-2009, 04:19 PM
Next time you are at the gas station, check out the seal on the pump. Same dept.

Well dag nabbit you learn something new every day.

Countryhb
02-11-2009, 04:31 PM
Well dag nabbit you learn something new every day.
Ya, like I learned today that your hubby hasn't been very good with his eating habits this past week. :eek:

Norcoredneck
02-11-2009, 05:17 PM
Ya, like I learned today that your hubby hasn't been very good with his eating habits this past week. :eek:

Instead of weight go by 'Portion" Pint, Quart.

MrsMista
02-11-2009, 05:22 PM
Instead of weight go by 'Portion" Pint, Quart.

How do you give someone a pint or quart of ribs?

Bigmista
02-11-2009, 05:40 PM
It was that damned Harry Soo's fault with that delicious Thai Curry with mango and mint and...drool...

Bigmista
02-11-2009, 05:41 PM
Let me get a quart of brisket...a pint of tri-tip...and three tablespoons of hot links.

Ashmont
02-11-2009, 05:51 PM
I also would need to know if they will require you to have it calibrated and how often?