Roadside BBQ stand- advice please!

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  1. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    I live in central CT. There are a few good places for Q in the area but not much. I lived in NC for a while and fell in love w the little roadside BBQ stands. A little place just went up for sale on a really busy two lane road, with biker bars and ice cream stands every 1/4 mile. Perfect spot for a southern style BBQ place. There is no dining room, just a big lot w lots of parking and a bunch of picnic tables...perfect. I am considering getting the place and doing a seasonal BBQ place...simple menu. I envision just pulled pork, brisket, ribs, and burgers w a few classic sides. There is nothing like this anywhere in ct. I have never owned a restaurant but have cooked at restaurants for about 8 years of my life during undergrad and grad school. I have been a pretty hardcore Q'er/ smoker for years.

    I checked the place out and the kitchen is set up well, would just need a commercial pit. Anyone out there own a stand or do trailer q? I know it wouldn't be easy, but am I crazy for considering this?
     
  2. wes w

    wes w Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sounds awesome, but if you want the best southern Q   you need a wood fired smoker and a truely awesome rub.    We do cater some, but mostly sell from our home.   We smoke to food safe specs and beyond, but mostly sell to friends and family.    
     
  3. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    Wes, I followed your smoker build through the whole thing...amazing. I have researched commercial smokers and I am leaning towards natural gas fired stick burners. The has is just to get them burning and warm, then wood only.
     
  4. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I can't offer any advice as I don't do commercial BBQ. But I wish you the best and hope you move forward with this. I can't think of many more fun and rewarding ways to earn a living!!
     
  5. Any fab shops around you ? or a welder you might know?   Budget ?  There are quite a few pit builders around,  

    Gary
     
  6. woundedyak

    woundedyak Smoke Blower

    It's a business not a weekend cook out. A southern pride will take place of three employee's and sleepless nights
     
  7. What?
     
  8. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    I've thought of a custom as well Gary, but I am definitely leaning towards what woundedyak is saying. Something like the southern pride spk-500. It's expensive but fully automatic so can do the overnight smokes without babysitting all night.
     
  9. You might take a look at this one too ----

    http://anbewley.com/products.html

    Gary
     
  10. FYI       I can read   and understand it IS a Business   He understood I was talking custom commercial Pit    NOT a weekend Cook

    Gary
     
  11. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    Wow, those are nice too! I am gong to start doing my homework. I need to do a lot of number crunching to see if I can make this a reality.
     
  12. The link I sent you I think are made in Dallas, One of the Franchise BBQ places uses them they do a pretty high volume  the one here in Tyler has 2

    Gary
     
  13. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Do your homework , check the Las in your State/County/City for the requirements . You'll need to get a Food Safe Cert. and License .

    If you DO open your "Shack" , you'd better be ready to have a great product and keep it consistent...

    Good employees help too.  

    Good luck and . . .
     
  14. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

    Just found out last night that an acquaintance from Louisville, KY did just this, they opened a food truck, with a Southern Pride BBQ as their grilling machine. 
     
  15. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    What did they say about the business and the pit? KY may be a tough place. There isn't a lot of Q up here in CT...
     
  16. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    I'm meeting w the broker and seller of the property/ building next tues) first discussion really. Took a look a bit back but just w the agent.
     
  17. Season joints are some of my favorite places to eat!  If you pull the string on this I wish you the best!
     
  18. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    Thanks! Me too... The little summer shacks w the picnic tables just feel authentic. Unfortunately "seasonal" is pretty short up here! Maybe 16 to 20 weeks.
     
  19. vwaldoguy

    vwaldoguy Smoke Blower

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  20. robcava

    robcava Meat Mopper

    CT
    That is sooo helpful. Thanks vwaldoguy!
     

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