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BRBBQ
03-17-2010, 09:21 PM
My plan has been to start a road side Q set up, you know the kind with 10x10 ez up. Well today I got shoot down faster than a rock falling out of the sky. I don't want to do this full time just 3-4 days a month, not much. So far I've asked Aldi's, Buckeys gas station, and Home depot, these places were like NO, not allowed, these people were raining on my parade :rain: also called a few other places but haven't talked with manager yet. Dissapointing so far. Will try again tommorrow might be whipping this dead horse:deadhorse: :biggrin:

PCDoctor_1979
03-17-2010, 11:08 PM
I've been toying around with the same idea over the winter. My thought was to team up with the folks who sell sweet corn in the various parking lots around town in the later part of the season. Haven't acted on it just yet, but might be an idea for you as well.

BRBBQ
03-18-2010, 11:41 AM
I've talked with HD and insurance, no problems there. Just finding a place. Yea I could talk to the farmers market folks, but that'll be later this year. I know a corner parking lot that has a lot of these stands, only bad thing is it'd be across the street from a BBQ joint. He might not be happy. But he might have to get over it!

vr6Cop
03-18-2010, 12:08 PM
Try Tractor Supply Company, if you have one there. There is a guy in my neck of the woods who sells ribs, Q and fish out of his vending van at our local TSC.

BRBBQ
03-18-2010, 05:16 PM
Ironic you said tractor supply I seen their newspaper add and thought, I'll try them. Not today, worked OT AT WORK

PorkQPine
03-19-2010, 04:46 PM
See if you can find a vacant lot near where you want to vend and contact the owner and lease the space from him.

BRBBQ
03-19-2010, 08:07 PM
Today I'm under the weather, will try next week

Smokin'Ron
04-04-2010, 05:23 AM
Check out your Large Car Dealers... They may allow/want you to set up a couple of days a week. I don't have a setup yet, but I've been asked by a couple of dealers around here to do something for them once in a while, just not in a position to do so just yet.

The traffic is not like you would get at a Home Depot, but with the right planning, they can plug you in their add (no cost to you) and if you do a normal Saturday between these hours and those, you will get a following and the dealership will benefit from the extra traffic, they wouldn't have received before.

Just an idea. Good luck.

Ford
04-04-2010, 08:21 AM
You will need to research the local vending laws. Aside form the HD many towns and cities have laws about vending and require permits. It can range from nothing to a yearly permit for $100 or o to $25 per day.

Also when looking at locations you need to consider the following: Power and bathroom. Running extension cords 200+ feet doesn't work well and cars will be driving over them. Probably want to work with the owner to run a power drop out. Bathrom speaks for itself. Porta Potty works but needs to be locked and needs to be serviced on a regular basis. Using the one in the store means being away from your area unless you have 2 people working. That means leaving food to potential tampering from an upset restaurant person in the area. Not necessarily the owner but a waiter, etc who thinks you're stealing their tips. A couple of bottles of exlax in your sauce can make it difficult for a lot of people.

JD McGee
04-04-2010, 09:34 AM
The best place to start looking is with your local HD and City / County websites...look under catering...get legal...stay legal...good luck! :cool:

jbrink01
04-07-2010, 07:50 PM
Amen to the posts regarding staying legal.

Jeff Selle
04-10-2010, 12:41 PM
I am starting small this year at the farmers market (in between comps). My wife already has a spot to sell her produce and she said the market folks are recruiting food vendors, so what the heck... I am gong to legal up and giver a shot ... I am going to do it mostly to try and get a few catering gigs, if I sell a few racks of ribs that would be cool too!

BRBBQ
04-11-2010, 06:46 AM
I seem to be having a problem on what to mount my CTO on for trailoring around, I don't want a enclosed trailer, looked at the ones Ole Hick sales, I guess one of them over head canopy types trailors looking the best for me.

Bigmista
04-11-2010, 07:27 AM
Ah...so many grasshoppers following in our footsteps!

jbrink01
04-11-2010, 09:05 PM
Ah...so many grasshoppers following in our footsteps! Little do they realize the work involved.....

BRBBQ
04-12-2010, 12:28 AM
Ah...so many grasshoppers following in our footsteps!
You can talk me out of it, just buy my smoker:becky:

Konrad_Haskins
04-12-2010, 09:32 AM
Yes it's a lot of work. A common mistake is to start with prices too low. There are a lot of expenses including insurance. Don't try to be the cheapest, try to be the best. It's no fun if you're not making a little money.

jbrink01
04-12-2010, 10:01 AM
Yes it's a lot of work. A common mistake is to start with prices too low. There are a lot of expenses including insurance. Don't try to be the cheapest, try to be the best. It's no fun if you're not making a little money.

Amen. If you can't CLEAR 30% - 40% after all costs, including equipment ammortization, don't do it. No sense working for wages and eating the capital expenses. Groceries x 2.5 or 3 is a good number.

BRBBQ
04-23-2010, 08:56 PM
Try Tractor Supply Company, if you have one there. There is a guy in my neck of the woods who sells ribs, Q and fish out of his vending van at our local TSC. You we're right on the money, the manager said YES. I got rejected every where I went, but TSC is a go.

Trucky1008
05-16-2010, 11:51 AM
Just curious if you've got started vending at TSC? Is your TSC in the Bluffs or Omaha? I'd like to stop by.

timmy7649
05-17-2010, 03:44 PM
when you all road side vend what time do you start your pork? i got mine down to 8 hrs. that means i would hav to get there by 2 to get the meat on by 3. wow that is early. how do you all do it ? if you dont mind me asking.

Cabntmkr1
05-17-2010, 06:00 PM
Check your local Lowe's stores.
In Wichita, I have seen hot dogs carts set up on the parking lots.
One of the operators stated to a friend of mine that she makes a lunch killing seven days a week.
Steve

TexasGuppie
06-19-2010, 12:16 PM
Are there any Harley-Davidson dealers in your area?
Weekends are a time when these dealerships have a lot of lookers, current H-D owners and others who are just bored and dreaming of life on two-wheels not to mention a bunch of employees.
Walk into any of the newer dealerships and you'll often find a small food service or "cafe" and they are always busy; folks waiting for their bike to be serviced, tourists buying their newest t-shirt, etc.
Barnett's H-D in El Paso has free burgers and dogs on the weekends for those who make a purchase in the store, big or small and they cook them on a little gas grill and thay taste like crap BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS JAMMED WITH HUNGRY BIKERS!
Now fast-forward to you, some GREAT BBQ and reasonable prices. The smell alone will draw them to you, the dealer benefits if your fare is tasty and people want to come back next weekend (more t-shirt sales) and what food fits in with the biker culture better than BBQ?
Talk to the dealer, ask for a spot, offer to throw on some horrible frozen patties or mystery-meat dogs (at his expense) to give away to the shoppers that buy shirts and watch how quickly they are by-passing that junk to get some REAL GRUB.
I've talked with my local dealer and he sees it as a win-win situation. Of course it always helps when you have laid down $24k for a Harley (gives you a little leverage.)

Just my .02 worth.

-Guppie

BRBBQ
06-19-2010, 07:17 PM
Are there any Harley-Davidson dealers in your area?
Weekends are a time when these dealerships have a lot of lookers, current H-D owners and others who are just bored and dreaming of life on two-wheels not to mention a bunch of employees.
Walk into any of the newer dealerships and you'll often find a small food service or "cafe" and they are always busy; folks waiting for their bike to be serviced, tourists buying their newest t-shirt, etc.
Barnett's H-D in El Paso has free burgers and dogs on the weekends for those who make a purchase in the store, big or small and they cook them on a little gas grill and thay taste like crap BUT THEY ARE ALWAYS JAMMED WITH HUNGRY BIKERS!
Now fast-forward to you, some GREAT BBQ and reasonable prices. The smell alone will draw them to you, the dealer benefits if your fare is tasty and people want to come back next weekend (more t-shirt sales) and what food fits in with the biker culture better than BBQ?
Talk to the dealer, ask for a spot, offer to throw on some horrible frozen patties or mystery-meat dogs (at his expense) to give away to the shoppers that buy shirts and watch how quickly they are by-passing that junk to get some REAL GRUB.
I've talked with my local dealer and he sees it as a win-win situation. Of course it always helps when you have laid down $24k for a Harley (gives you a little leverage.)

Just my .02 worth.

-Guppie
Thanks, I've been so busy I haven't had time to smoke anything. Vaction, school, Moving in laws, ect. Hope to get back on track in 4 weeks.

jbrink01
06-20-2010, 05:26 PM
I have a great working relationship with my HD dealer. I buy my stuff there, he uses me to cater.

Terry Knife
06-23-2010, 10:31 AM
when you all road side vend what time do you start your pork? i got mine down to 8 hrs. that means i would hav to get there by 2 to get the meat on by 3. wow that is early. how do you all do it ? if you dont mind me asking.


When I go mobile, my plan is to smoke today and serve tomorrow. My smoker converts well to reheat so it'll only be on-site for that, and do to be eye-catching.

Any breweries near you? We're going to be looking to serve at "Pint Nights" and things like that, beyond parking lots.

Bbq Bubba
06-23-2010, 12:43 PM
when you all road side vend what time do you start your pork? i got mine down to 8 hrs. that means i would hav to get there by 2 to get the meat on by 3. wow that is early. how do you all do it ? if you dont mind me asking.

Large cooks beginning of the week. Brisket and pork reheat excellent. Ribs and chicken are cooked fresh daily. :thumb: