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Unread 09-28-2006, 03:47 PM   #1
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I am starting a bbq buffet at lunchtime. I need some different low cost ideas. Got any?
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Without knowing your clientele or the size of the place I'd say:

Fried okra
Corn on the cob (half ears)
Baked beans
Cole slaw
Green beans (with bacon, of course!)
Bread/rolls
Sauces (may be already on each table?)
Sliced pickles (sweet, dill, fried...)
Salad fixins??
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Without knowing your clientele or the size of the place I'd say:

Fried okra
Corn on the cob (half ears)
Baked beans
Cole slaw
Green beans (with bacon, of course!)
Bread/rolls
Sauces (may be already on each table?)
Sliced pickles (sweet, dill, fried...)
Salad fixins??
How about some meat to go with all that?
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I was wondering what type of meats your serving on your buffett?
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Make sure you have quality sides! Some folks might suggest skimping on the sides. The more potato salad, slaw, and beans consumed the less meat served and the healthier bottom line. I know what the deal is, but if it's good food I'll grab a little each trip through the line. BREAD!!! It's great for cleaning a plate, and from your side of the line...FILLING!

Have enough meat out on the serving line to keep the line moving, but no more. Keep the fresh sliced meat coming as needed. Tastier product= more repeat business.

If you don't already offer the option, consider a sandwich plate/to-go option. Approximately half the cost of the AYCE. Hamburger bun, choice of meat (ribs to go sold per rack or 1/2 rack etc.), 2-3 sides.

I don't run a restaurant, but that's based on the half dozen Q buffets I've been to more than once....and all of the things I mentioned are from the ONE place that does a good and steady business.
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How about some meat to go with all that?
Well..I guess so! I was stuck in sides mode.
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Salad Bar!....let em fill up on rabbit food and save the meat for ME!!
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I am a carry out and delivery bbq joint. I don't have sit down so I am offering an All You Can Carry-Out Lunch Buffet. The cost is $6.99 you get a large carry out container and fill it up with what ever you want. The only rule is that the carry out must be able to close. The menu will change every week. The basic breakdown would be one poultry dish, one meat dish, one pasta dish, two starches, two vegetables, one ethnic dish ( maybe a lasagna made with pulled pork, perogies made with brisket, ,etc.) one or two desserts, an assortment of cold sides, cornbread, and whatever else I feel like making that week and whats fresh and cheap thru my purveyors. I just wanted some cool new ideas from across the U.S. that maybe are different than what I do here.
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Dang.......that sounds really good.......wish I was closer, I'd visit often for lunch.
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Try doing those cornbread waffles. That can't cost much!
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If I come, can I fill my carry-out container with just the meat offerings?
Can you still do ok if a lot of us do that? I know I would if I could.
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If I come, can I fill my carry-out container with just the meat offerings?
Can you still do ok if a lot of us do that? I know I would if I could.
Okay qman, it's guys like you that screw these things up for everybody.

Besides, Michigan is gonna be a pretty cold ride soon...Now Arizona on the other hand.....
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Okay qman, it's guys like you that screw these things up for everybody.
Yep, that would be me.
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I am using Babby back ribs from US foods and it was 1.29 a lb last time I got them and they were 2-4 bones pices great for my cattering It is cheep and good.
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Were they frozen 2-4 bone rib pieces? $1.29 is a very good price. How long ago was that. I am looking for meats that cost about a dollar a pound.
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