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Unread 09-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #16
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Besides the smoke...have a banner made stating REAL Midwest Wood Smoked BBQ
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Unread 09-29-2012, 09:53 AM   #17
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Here's the problem, he'll sell cheaper than you can and the people will like it because it is cheap. Most people don't have a clue about BBQ but those that do will flock to your place, hopefully they won't have tried his first because they will be afraid of what they will get from you and they will have spent all their money. Make sure the people know and see your smoker, toss in some onions on the fire to get the smell and you should be ok. You have to get to the people before he does.
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I will post pictures of the lines next weekend after it's all over
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Might be a good idea to have a sign with words like "authentic", "smoked", "real", etc. on it.
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Might be a good idea to have a sign with words like "authentic", "smoked", "real", etc. on it.
Good idea
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I had a similar situation last year. The booth next to ours was selling frozen brisket from Sam's. I had our smoker going all day. People walked past them. Something about the smell of real BBQ smoking.
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...toss in some onions on the fire to get the smell and you should be ok.
Throwing onions on the coals???
What does that do?
Never even heard of it.
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Tale of the till, do your bragging once the profit is counted. This isn't competition BBQ, it is business, and at the end of the day, what if he outsells you?

We love to preach to the choir here, but, most folks want saucy smoky porky goodness and they could care less if that $6 sandwich is from a smoker, or a crock pot. Knock em dead, but, from the trenches, I have seen some crappy food sell great and some great food sell poorly.
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Throwing onions on the coals???
What does that do?
Never even heard of it.
It smells good.

Having a good smell seems to help a lot in moving some grub. I have done and will be doing pulled pork for a fundraiser at my kids' school - I do the PP ahead of time due to logistics but I do MOINKs on site to get "that smell" in the air. Works great! The smell of BBQ is about the best sales tool there is besides word of mouth.
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OP - WOW. I sure hope you put the hurt on em and made some money and he got to try your 'Q and see what real 'Q is about.

I cook everything on site when I'm vending, but I do keep a fire rolling with smoke flowing whether I'm cooking something or hot holding in the pit...let's em know I'm legit :)
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OP - WOW. I sure hope you put the hurt on em and made some money and he got to try your 'Q and see what real 'Q is about.

I cook everything on site when I'm vending, but I do keep a fire rolling with smoke flowing whether I'm cooking something or hot holding in the pit...let's em know I'm legit :)

we also smoke everything fresh on site.
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We had an ok day on Thursday Friday was! Alot better. We done $200 in 20 minutes at one point. We will see what happens on Saturday which is the last day and suppose to be the biggest day. Will try to post pictures later if one of us has time to take them.
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I was having a conversation with a guy today that will be vending at a local festival next weekend that I will be vending at. He asked me what I was going to be selling so I told him Pulled Pork and brisket. He says with a straight face I'm doing bbq also. I said that awsome what kind of smoker are you using? he says, I don't have a smoker I am putting it in a crock pot and adding my seasoning that makes it taste like it was cooked out doors!
Needless to say I had to get away from him before I laughed at him.

REALLY!!!

Come on MAN!!
crazy fella, Needless to say He just wants the work to be done. irrespective of whats the principle to do that.
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He's a lazy fraud. There's a lot of that going around nowadays. The last time I ate at a catered BBQ event I threw the plate in the trash. I couldn't eat the slop. Poorly electric cooker cooked "BBQ" with zero smoke very poorly and only slightly reheated with propane on site, canned beans, Costco cookies, and Giant food cole slaw. It was an abomination.

There should be a law against that stuff.
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Costco's oatmeal raisin cookies around here are GREAT!
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i was giong to post pics here for all to see but I don't have that option here in this forum. I do want to tell everyone that after the Faux-q was put on the menu and people started talking about my real smoked bbq the fake stuff was pulled off the other guy's menu and not sold.
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