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jbrink01
09-15-2009, 05:41 PM
My business has been grown on high quality + high value = Good Profit. I have a dilema. A very good customer of mine is on financially challenging times like most of us and wants me to cater an event. If you were being asked to cook food to be given away at an open house for 1000 people, what would your lowest cost / high profit suggestions be?

It will be handed out to patrons, so think cheap, but appealling.

Jury is out on if I take the job yet.

jbrink01
09-15-2009, 08:23 PM
Pork burgers is sticking in my mind......Mmmm Could Be.

Kevin
09-15-2009, 08:33 PM
A local pork producer's group serves pork loin burgers at area events. They taste great, and the price of pork loin is very low here at this time. The loin is lean and takes some seasoning to make it jump out at you flavorwise.

Bbq Bubba
09-15-2009, 08:36 PM
I just introduced sliced pork loin sammies and their a hit!
Serves nicer than pulled pork. Looks fancier on a nice roll.
Whole pork loins (8 to 10 lbs) come 6 in a case for $1.29/lb.
Minimal shrinkage and fast, easy cooking! :cool:

C Rocke
09-15-2009, 09:39 PM
Pulled Pork sliders on potato rolls?

landarc
09-15-2009, 09:59 PM
We did a small gathering and bacon sliders were served and were a big hit. Just served with salsa, cole slaw or mustard as garnishes, huge hit. Bacon and chuck ground up together.

Chuckwagonbbqco
09-15-2009, 10:00 PM
Chicken leg and thigh quarters are very cheap. Sandwiches require bread and condiments and labor to put together. Frozen leg and thigh quarters are often on sale for 49 cents per pound and come in 10 pound bags. Each bag usually has 10 pieces----so your meat per serving is 49 cents. Beans made from scratch are very inexpensive and bagged salad is cheap. You can buy Chinet "three compartment" plates, plastic ware, chicken leg and thigh quarters, beans, ranch dressing and salad at a cost of less than $1.00 per plate. People always think of sandwiches when they are on a budget---but a chicken dinner is often less expensive, and does not have a "cheap" look to it.

WineMaster
09-15-2009, 10:24 PM
Lots of cheap eats out there, But I still read that line about A very good customer of mine and think that mabey you owe him one? Its a tough call.

smokinit
09-16-2009, 07:25 AM
I had one similar ended up giving them their almost normal menu at a reduced price and donated the left overs to the local food bank and wrote it off so you get a Little on the back end of the year.Tough one.

Plowboy
09-16-2009, 08:10 AM
Pork loin is CHEAP around here right now. A cooked pound of loin is cheaper than a cooked pound of Boston Butt. Figure $2.00 for Boston Butt and $1.50 for Loin when you factor in shrinkage.

jonboy
09-16-2009, 01:18 PM
pork loin on a stick...pork kabob...cherry tomato and pineapple chunk
jon

jbrink01
09-16-2009, 04:25 PM
So, it's gonna be a finger food thing. Marinated pork satay (pork loin on a stick) and 1/3# pork burgers on a bun. My neighbor the hog farmer will sell me hogs at market (let's call it $1 a pound dressed and boned). The local processor will make me 1/3# whole hog pork burgers for $.40 a pound. I'm now at $1.40 a pound, or, $.60 a sandwich after bun and sauce and pickle / onion.

GP on the job should be about 100%.

tmcmaster
09-21-2009, 06:30 PM
If it were me... I would go for maintaining the customer, and run at little to zero profit, on the condition of furure bookings. As long as your costs are covered, the value of keeping a very good (repeat) customer outweigh the minimal loss of income... But 1000 heads is a lot...

jbrink01
10-17-2009, 08:06 PM
So, it went well. Attendance was off due to cold weather. Fed just shy of 700 for the day. They have some leftovers!! Whole Hog Porkburgers were a big hit!!

Cabntmkr1
10-17-2009, 09:39 PM
Congrats Bro!:wink:

jbrink01
10-18-2009, 08:40 AM
It was a great change of pace. People are fun to deal with when your giving them food that the dealer paid for. Although, we did have a couple people want something else and sorta complain. So, with a smile you tell them sorry, but the price was right, free!

Lotsa folks had no clue what a pork burger was. They know now. Whole Hog ground and pattied, 1/3#, dusted with Plowboys and cooked in the FEC-500 till 160 internal. Reheated on the old pit in a mixture of apple juice and Sweet Baby Rays. Served with pickles, onions and tomatoes.

Pork burgers ended up being $.94 each, including buns.

Rich Parker
10-18-2009, 09:07 AM
It was a great change of pace. People are fun to deal with when your giving them food that the dealer paid for. Although, we did have a couple people want something else and sorta complain. So, with a smile you tell them sorry, but the price was right, free!

Lotsa folks had no clue what a pork burger was. They know now. Whole Hog ground and pattied, 1/3#, dusted with Plowboys and cooked in the FEC-500 till 160 internal. Reheated on the old pit in a mixture of apple juice and Sweet Baby Rays. Served with pickles, onions and tomatoes.

Pork burgers ended up being $.94 each, including buns.

It is amazing that some people will even complain about free food.

thillin
10-18-2009, 03:56 PM
Whole Hog ground and pattied, 1/3#, dusted with Plowboys and cooked in the FEC-500 till 160 internal. Reheated on the old pit in a mixture of apple juice and Sweet Baby Rays...

Sort of McRib style?:cool:

I've made pork burgers, but never sauced. Might have to try it.

jbrink01
10-18-2009, 08:10 PM
Sort of McRib style?:cool:


Except for the gristle and nasty sauce, yeah, exacly!!:wink:

nthole
10-19-2009, 10:28 AM
So, it went well. Attendance was off due to cold weather. Fed just shy of 700 for the day. They have some leftovers!! Whole Hog Porkburgers were a big hit!!

Dude...I drove by that this weekend and wondered what the huge crowd was about!!!

Looked packed. Awesome.

jbrink01
10-20-2009, 08:33 PM
Dude...I drove by that this weekend and wondered what the huge crowd was about!!!

Looked packed. Awesome.

Should have stopped to eat. It was free!!

FatBoyz
10-22-2009, 04:47 AM
Pork loin is CHEAP around here right now. A cooked pound of loin is cheaper than a cooked pound of Boston Butt. Figure $2.00 for Boston Butt and $1.50 for Loin when you factor in shrinkage.
holy chit your paying 2.00 for butts? you might want to call reinhardt you can get a cash account i am paying .87 lb for boneless.