My family owned a Barbecue cafe for several years. Old fashioned direct heat brick pits. I still prefer direct, but I'm old school. I love cooking for family get togethers and church functions. I have cooked for friends so their "pro cooks" won't ruin the butts or shoulders. It is hard, expensive, nerve wracking work. When ever a friend or relative suggests me going back into the business, I usually tell them, 'sure, great idea. If you like my food that well how about investing in it with me. Amazing how fast it closes their mouths. lol Do talk to some others in the business and make sure you are ready for the commitment. It ain't a bed of roses but can be lots of fun.
"If it ain't from Dixie, it ain't real 'Que"