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Panthers65 12-10-2010 11:20 AM

general NSF question
BBQ Business 101, just thinking here.

Is there specific items that have to be NSF approved to be used in a commercial BBQ business (be it catering or a full on restaurant) or is it just everything that comes in contact with the food.

I've seen NSF approvals on tons of small things (knives, cutting boards, racks and shelving) but I'm wondering about specialty items in BBQ like the smokers themselves. I'm sure the expensive smokers like the Southern-Prides have their NSF approval, but I've eaten plenty of Q that is cooked outside in an offset smoker. Does your smoker just have to be seen by the inspector, or is there a list of approved smokers? What is the possibility of having a UDS approved?

BBQ PD 12-10-2010 02:18 PM

Depends on the county of operation, but most smokers are required to be NSF. I would check with your local HD if you were considering buying a smoker for a business.

Ford 12-10-2010 04:57 PM

Good advice to check with lcoal HD about smokers for a restaurant. I bet the rules are very different in Athens Ga than in a lot of States.

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