How To Start A Barbecue Business

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Starting a barbecue business can be an exciting venture. There are numerous examples of successful barbecue businesses to draw inspiration from. In this overview, we will discuss what you can expect when starting your own business, along with important issues to consider.

We will provide you with valuable resources and information that you can use during the startup phase and even when your business is up and running. We have a lot of information to cover, so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference. If you find this post helpful, please share it!

Now, let’s get started with the steps.


Steps to Starting a Barbecue Business

1. Gaining An Overview

a.) Is Starting a Business the Right Step for You?

Starting your own barbecue business can be an exciting opportunity. Imagine being in charge, making decisions, earning a good income, and living your dream.

However, it’s important to remember that success doesn’t come overnight. Before diving in, you need to ensure that running a barbecue business is the right fit for you and that you have valid reasons for pursuing it.

To help you make an informed choice and identify crucial factors, I recommend checking out my article below. It will guide you through key points to consider before taking the next steps in starting your barbecue business.

See Considerations Before You Start Your Business to identify key points for a new business owner.

b.) A Quick Overview of Owning a Barbecue Business

Running a barbecue business involves various responsibilities and presents its own set of challenges. It’s important to have a general idea of what to expect before diving in.

As the owner, you’ll be responsible for tasks like managing operations, planning menus, sourcing quality ingredients, overseeing food preparation, and providing excellent customer service.

Additionally, you’ll need to handle marketing and promotion, maintain equipment, manage finances, and ensure compliance with health and safety regulations.

Challenges may include fierce competition, fluctuating customer demand, long working hours, managing staff, and unpredictable weather conditions. However, running a barbecue business can be rewarding with careful planning and dedication.

When starting a barbecue business, it’s essential to consider the different types of setups and choose the one that suits your needs. Here are some ideas and their corresponding business models:

  1. Food Truck: A mobile barbecue business that operates from a truck or trailer. It offers flexibility in terms of location and allows you to cater to various events and gatherings.
  2. Restaurant: A brick-and-mortar establishment where customers can dine in and enjoy barbecue dishes. This setup requires a fixed location and offers the potential for a loyal customer base.
  3. Catering Service: Providing barbecue catering for special events, parties, weddings, and corporate functions. This setup allows you to bring your barbecue expertise to different venues.
  4. Pop-up Stand: A temporary setup at events, farmers’ markets, or fairs where you offer your barbecue specialties. This option requires less investment and can help you gauge customer interest.
  5. Concession Stand: A small-scale setup typically found at parks, sports events, or public venues, where you offer barbecue items and snacks. This setup allows you to target a specific location or event and cater to people on the go.
  6. Online Delivery: Operating primarily through online platforms, you offer barbecue dishes for delivery or pickup. This setup capitalizes on the growing trend of ordering food online.

Each setup has its own business model, and it’s important to analyze the pros and cons of each option based on your resources, target market, and personal preferences.

c.) Pros and Cons

Pros of Running a Barbecue Business:

  • Opportunity for creativity in menu development and barbecue techniques.
  • Potential for a strong customer base and loyal following.
  • Flexibility in choosing the business setup (food truck, restaurant, catering, etc.).
  • Ability to participate in events and gatherings, creating a social and enjoyable work environment.
  • Possibility of earning a good income if the business is successful.

Cons of Running a Barbecue Business:

  • High competition in the food industry, particularly in barbecue.
  • Seasonal fluctuations in demand, depending on weather and customer preferences.
  • Long working hours, especially during peak times and events.
  • Continuous need for sourcing quality ingredients and managing inventory.
  • Potential challenges in managing staff and ensuring consistent food quality and service.

2. Research

Barbecue Business Research

When considering starting a barbecue business, gathering information and making informed decisions is crucial. Conduct thorough research to gain insights and ensure this business is the right fit for you.

One valuable source of information is experienced individuals already in the industry. They can provide reliable and practical advice based on their years of experience and knowledge.

Spending time with these experts can be incredibly valuable. You have the opportunity to learn from their expertise and gain priceless insights.

I have written an article to help you connect with the right people and approach them effectively. It provides ideas on finding industry professionals to talk to and offers guidance on initiating those conversations.

Before diving into your business, I strongly recommend reading the article below. It will give you a strong understanding of what you’re getting into and equip you with valuable knowledge.

See An Inside Look Into the Business You Want To Start for all the details.

Target Audience

Understanding your target market is crucial for a successful barbecue business. It involves identifying the specific group of people who are most likely to be interested in what you offer. Understanding your target market allows you to tailor your products, services, and marketing efforts to meet their needs and preferences.

Here are some examples of people who might be interested in what you offer:

  • Barbecue enthusiasts and food lovers
  • Families and individuals looking for outdoor dining experiences
  • Event planners organizing parties, weddings, or corporate events
  • Local community members interested in supporting local businesses
  • Sports fans attending outdoor games or tailgating events

You can improve advertising and sales by understanding your customers’ motivations, preferences, and demographics. For more detailed insights, check out my article “How To Understand Your Target Market.”

How To Understand Your Target Market.

3. Looking at Financials:

Starting a barbecue business involves understanding the startup costs, monthly expenses, revenues, and profits. Accurately estimating startup costs is crucial for a successful launch.

Startup Costs

Underestimating can lead to running out of money, while overestimating may make it challenging to secure funding.

Factors affecting startup costs include the size of your operation, whether you hire employees or work solo and the location you choose.

For instance, opening in a big city differs from operating in a small town. Additionally, the decision to purchase new or used equipment impacts costs.

For more detailed information, refer to my article on Estimating Startup Costs.

Sales & Porifts:

Sales and profits depend on factors such as the popularity of your products and services, effective marketing strategies, and generating enough sales to cover expenses and generate profit.

Achieving sufficient sales with a satisfactory profit margin is essential to cover monthly expenses and personal living costs.

For More, See Estimating Profitability and Revenue

The lists provided below serve as starting points for your research and offer ideas and insights into what to expect in terms of costs and revenues.

Sample Lists

  1. Estimated Costs for a New Barbecue Business (Startup Costs)
    • Commercial Rental Lease (For 1 Year): $30,000
    • Kitchen Equipment (grills, smoker, fryers, etc.): $20,000
    • Restaurant Furnishings (tables, chairs, etc.): $15,000
    • Initial Inventory (meats, sides, drinks, etc.): $5,000
    • Licenses and Permits: $1,000
    • Insurance (For 1 Year): $3,000
    • Website/Online Ordering System Setup: $2,000
    • Initial Marketing/Advertising: $3,000
    • Uniforms: $1,000
    • Signage: $2,000
    • Miscellaneous Costs (unforeseen expenses): $5,000

    Grand Total Startup Costs: $87,000

  2. Estimated Monthly Expenses for a Barbecue Business
    • Rent: $2,500
    • Utilities (gas, electricity, water, trash, etc.): $1,000
    • Employee Wages (4 Full-Time Employees, 2 Part-Time Employees): $10,000
    • Inventory Replenishment: $3,000
    • Insurance: $250
    • Marketing/Advertising: $1,000
    • Maintenance/Repairs: $500
    • Website/Online System Maintenance: $200
    • Credit Card Processing Fees: $500
    • Miscellaneous Costs: $500

    Grand Total Monthly Expenses: $19,450

  3. Revenue and Profit Projection for a Barbecue Business
    • Monthly Revenue Projection:
      • Based on an estimate of 50 customers per day, average spending $15 per customer.
      • 50 customers * $15 * 30 days = $22,500
    • Monthly Profit Projection:
      • Revenue ($22,500) – Expenses ($19,450) = $3,050
    • Annual Revenue Projection:
      • Monthly Revenue * 12 = $22,500 * 12 = $270,000
    • Annual Profit Projection:
      • Monthly Profit * 12 = $3,050 * 12 = $36,600

As before, remember these are rough estimates. The actual numbers could be significantly different based on location, competition, local market demand for barbecue, and more. When considering starting a new business, detailed business planning and financial projections are important.

4. Choosing The Right Business Location

Selecting the right location for your barbecue business is crucial for its success.

Operating in a location without demand for your offerings can lead to failure even before you start.

Opening in an area with excessive competition may result in sales challenges.

Ideally, you want a location with both demand and a reasonable level of competition.

Affordability is another key consideration. While a highly populated area offers more exposure, ensure it will be financially viable with the associated costs.

Similarly, a low-cost area might seem attractive, but consider if there will be enough demand to sustain your business.

Choosing the right location is a vital aspect of achieving success. Conduct thorough research to ensure you make an informed decision that aligns with your business goals.

For more about business locations, see Choosing The Best Location for Your Business.

5. Choose a Business Name

When starting a barbecue business, having a name that grabs attention and suits your venture is important. You’ll want a name that people can easily remember and pronounce.

Remember, once you choose a name for your business, it’s likely to stay the same for a long time. So take the necessary time to select a name that truly represents your company and that you’ll be happy with today and in the years to come.

Additionally, it’s crucial to have a matching domain name for your online presence. Ensure the name you desire isn’t already registered by another business to avoid confusion.

Here are some ideas to help get your creative juices flowing for your barbecue business.

Keep in mind that these suggestions are meant to inspire you to come up with an original name that is unique to your business and available for registration:

  1. Smokin’ Ribs BBQ
  2. Grill Master Barbecue
  3. Flame and Smoke BBQ
  4. Sizzling Sausages BBQ
  5. Tenderloin Grillhouse
  6. BBQ Bliss
  7. Hickory Smokehouse
  8. Ribs ‘n’ More BBQ
  9. Pit Stop Barbecue
  10. BBQ Delight
  11. The Brisket Barn
  12. Grillin’ & Chillin’ BBQ
  13. Smoky Joe’s Barbecue
  14. Rib City BBQ
  15. The Grill House
  16. Fire and Spice BBQ
  17. BBQ Junction
  18. Backyard BBQ Co.
  19. Finger-Lickin’ Barbecue
  20. The BBQ Shack

Use these names as a starting point to ignite your creativity and create a unique and unclaimed name for your barbecue business. Check if your chosen name is available for registration before finalizing it.

For this important step, see How to Choose a Business Name.

6. Register Your Company

The importance of registering your barbecue business:

Registering your barbecue business is crucial for several reasons. Here’s why it’s important:

  • Legal Compliance: Registering your business ensures that you comply with the government’s and relevant authorities’ legal requirements. It helps you operate within the boundaries of the law and avoid any potential penalties or legal issues.
  • Professionalism and Credibility: Registering your business gives it a professional and credible image. It shows customers and potential partners that you are serious about your barbecue business and committed to providing quality products or services.
  • Brand Protection: Registering your business name and logo helps protect your brand identity. It prevents others from using the same or similar name, reducing the chances of confusion in the market and safeguarding your reputation.

Considerations for registering a barbecue business:

When registering your barbecue business, there are a few important considerations to keep in mind:

  • Business Structure: Decide on the most suitable business structure for your barbecue venture, such as sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability company (LLC). Each structure has legal and tax implications, so choose one that aligns with your business goals and needs.
  • Name Availability: Before registering, ensure that the business name you want is available and not already used by another barbecue business. Conduct a thorough search to avoid any potential conflicts or legal issues down the line.
  • Permits and Licenses: Identify the specific permits and licenses required to operate a barbecue business in your jurisdiction. Different regions may have varying regulations, so research local requirements to ensure compliance.

Permits and licenses to consider for a barbecue business:

When setting up a barbecue business, you may need to obtain the following permits and licenses:

  • Business License: This general license allows you to operate a business legally in your area.
  • Food Service Permit: If you plan to sell or serve food, you’ll likely need a food service permit to comply with health and safety regulations.
  • Alcohol License: If you intend to sell alcoholic beverages at your barbecue establishment, you’ll need an alcohol license or permit, which may have additional requirements and restrictions.
  • Fire Safety Permit: Given the open flames and cooking equipment involved in barbecue, you may need a fire safety permit to ensure compliance with fire codes and regulations.
  • Outdoor Dining Permit: If you offer outdoor dining or have a patio area, you may need a permit for outdoor seating.
  • Zoning Permits: Check local zoning regulations to determine if your barbecue business is allowed in your chosen location and obtain any necessary zoning permits.

Remember to consult with local authorities or a business advisor to understand the specific permits and licenses required for your barbecue business, as regulations can vary depending on your location.

See, How to Register your Business for more.

7. Create Your Corporate ID

When it comes to your barbecue business, having a recognizable and consistent corporate identity is essential.

Why is it important? Well, think about the first impression you want to make on your customers. A well-designed corporate identity sets the tone and creates a positive image for your business right from the start.

Professional and consistent design throughout your barbecue business helps build trust and credibility. It shows that you take your business seriously and care about the experience you provide your new and returning customers.

A Corporate ID consists of various components such as your logo, business cards, website, stationary, business sign, promotional items, etc.

Your logo is like the face of your barbecue business – it should be unique, memorable, and reflective of your brand.

Business cards are handy tools for sharing your contact information and making a lasting impression.

A well-designed website lets customers learn more about your offerings and easily find you online. Stationery items help maintain consistency in your communications.

A clear, eye-catching business sign attracts attention and directs customers to your location. And promotional items like t-shirts or branded accessories can help spread awareness and create a sense of loyalty.

By investing in a well-thought-out and professionally designed corporate identity for your barbecue business, you can make a strong impact and establish a positive brand image in the minds of your customers.

See A Complete Introduction to Corporate Identity Packages for more.

8. Writing a Business Plan

A business plan is a vital document for your barbecue business. It serves multiple purposes, such as securing funding and attracting investors. It also acts as a roadmap to guide you during the startup phase and when your business is running.

Creating a business plan requires time and effort because you envision what your barbecue business will be like once it’s open. Expressing the details takes careful thought and consideration.

Although it may be challenging, all the hard work will pay off. Once your business plan is complete, you will clearly understand what you need to get started and have a well-defined vision of operating your business successfully.

When it comes to creating your business plan, there are different options available. You can start from scratch, hire a professional, use a template, or utilize specialized software.

No matter which option you choose, it’s important to actively participate in the process, especially if you decide to hire a professional. This ensures that your business plan is unique and effectively conveys the nature of your barbecue business.

Remember, your business plan can evolve and be optimized as you gain experience. Periodically reviewing the document and making necessary adjustments is advisable.

It’s also possible that you may need to modify how you operate your business to achieve better results during a review.

A Sample BBQ Business Plan

I. Executive Summary

Business Name: Smokin’ Good BBQ

Location: Main Street, Anytown, USA

Product/Service: Smokin’ Good BBQ is a full-service, casual dining barbecue restaurant specializing in traditional Southern-style barbecue dishes and sides, with additional catering services for events.

Mission: To create a memorable barbecue dining experience for our patrons with our authentic and delicious offerings, exceptional customer service, and homely ambiance.

Vision: To become a recognized and preferred barbecue destination in Anytown and surrounding areas, with future prospects for expansion.

II. Company Description

Ownership Structure: Smokin’ Good BBQ is a sole proprietorship owned by John Doe, a skilled pitmaster with over a decade’s experience in the barbecue industry.

Product/Service Line: We offer a variety of smoked meats such as pulled pork, ribs, brisket, and chicken, with an assortment of home-style sides like mac ‘n cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, and cornbread. We also provide catering services for corporate events, weddings, parties, and other special occasions.

III. Market Analysis

Industry Overview: The barbecue restaurant industry has seen steady growth over the years, driven by the increasing consumer demand for rich, flavorful foods and the comfort of traditional meals.

Target Market: Our primary target market is the local population within a 20-mile radius of Anytown, aged 18-65, who appreciate authentic, Southern-style barbecue.

Competitive Analysis: While there are a few other restaurants in Anytown, none specialize in barbecue. Smokin’ Good BBQ will differentiate itself by focusing exclusively on traditional, slow-cooked barbecue, offering a unique dining experience.

IV. Marketing and Sales Strategy

Marketing Strategy: We will use a mix of digital and traditional marketing strategies to promote our business. This includes leveraging social media platforms, local radio and newspaper advertisements, and local community events for maximum visibility.

Sales Strategy: We plan to grow our sales by offering dine-in, takeout, and delivery services initially. We also aim to establish our catering services for local businesses and special events.

V. Organizational Structure

Management Team: John Doe will oversee daily operations, food preparation, and customer service. He will be supported by an assistant manager, kitchen staff, and front-of-house staff.

Staffing Needs: Smokin’ Good BBQ will employ about 10-15 staff members to cover various roles including kitchen operations, service, cleaning, and administrative tasks.

VI. Financial Projections and Funding Request

Financial Projections: In the first year, we project a modest income due to brand development and initial investment costs. However, with effective marketing and quality service, we anticipate substantial growth over the next five years.

Funding Request: We are seeking $200,000 to cover startup costs including leasehold improvements, kitchen equipment, initial inventory, marketing, and working capital for the first few months of operation.

Exit Strategy: Should the business need to close, assets such as kitchen equipment and furniture can be sold to recover some of the investment.

VII. Conclusion

With a passion for barbecue, exceptional culinary skills, and a comprehensive market understanding, we believe Smokin’ Good BBQ is well-positioned for success in Anytown. We look forward to serving our community with the best Southern-style barbecue while creating a comfortable and enjoyable dining experience for all our patrons.

For information on creating your business plan, see, How to Write a Business Plan.

9. Set up Your Banking

When it comes to your barbecue business, selecting a nearby bank specializing in serving business owners is worth considering.

Opening a dedicated business account is important as it lets you separate your business expenses from personal spending. This separation makes it easier to keep track of your expenses and provides documentation in case you face a tax audit.

Building a professional relationship with your banker is a smart move. They can offer assistance and advice when you need funding for your business. Additionally, having a good rapport with your banker can expedite loan processes, saving you time and hassle.

Another aspect to consider is applying for a merchant account. This enables you to accept credit and debit card payments from your customers.

Once again, having a positive relationship with your banker can help simplify the application and approval process for a merchant account.

By choosing a bank that caters to business owners and developing a strong connection with your banker, you can enjoy the benefits of efficient financial services tailored to your barbecue business.

It’s all about making your financial management smoother and having a reliable partner who understands your unique needs in the business world.

For more, see, How to Open a Business Bank Account. You may also want to look at, What Is a Merchant Account and How to Get One.

10. Getting the Funds for Your Operation

Getting the necessary funds to start and operate your barbecue business is crucial in turning your dreams into reality.

Various funding options are available to you, depending on your specific circumstances.

  • Traditional lenders, such as banks or credit unions, can provide business loans based on your creditworthiness, business plan, and collateral.
  • Private loans may be an option, where you borrow from friends, family, or others who believe in your business idea.
  • Investors can also be approached, especially if you have a compelling business concept with the potential for significant growth.
  • Selling any assets you may have can provide additional funds to invest in your barbecue business.
  • Collateral, such as property or equipment, can be used to secure a loan.

When meeting with a loan officer, there are some considerations to keep in mind:

  • Clearly communicate your business idea, including your goals, target market, and competitive advantage.
  • Demonstrate your understanding of the barbecue industry and your ability to navigate challenges.
  • Prepare financial projections and a solid business plan to showcase the potential profitability of your venture.

Sample list of documents needed to apply for a business loan for a NEW barbecue business:

  • Business plan detailing your concept, market analysis, and financial projections.
  • Personal and business credit history.
  • Income tax returns and financial statements.
  • Legal documents, such as licenses, permits, and registrations.
  • Collateral documentation, if applicable.

Remember to consult with financial advisors and explore all available funding options to determine the best fit for your barbecue business.

See, Getting a Small Business Loan for more.

11. Software Setup

When it comes to software considerations for your barbecue business, there are a few important points to keep in mind:

  1. Research: Take the time to research different software options before deciding. Implementing a program from scratch is easier than switching to a new system after your data is already in another program. Consider the specific needs of your barbecue business, such as inventory management, point-of-sale systems, or online ordering platforms.
  2. Demo and Reviews: Look for software providers that offer a demo or trial version. This allows you to test the software and see if it meets your requirements. Additionally, check reviews and forums to see what other users have experienced with the software. Their insights can give you a better understanding of its usability and effectiveness.
  3. Financial Management: Research software options for tracking expenses and preparing financial documents for tax filing. Consulting with your bookkeeper or accountant can help you make the right choice for your accounting software, ensuring it aligns with your business needs and integrates well with other systems.

List of software to consider for a Barbecue Business:

  • Point-of-sale (POS) systems: Square, Toast, Lightspeed, Clover
  • Inventory management: TradeGecko, Stitch Labs, Zoho Inventory
  • Online ordering platforms: Grubhub, Uber Eats, DoorDash
  • Accounting software: QuickBooks, Xero, FreshBooks
  • Employee scheduling: Deputy, When I Work, Homebase
  • Customer relationship management (CRM): HubSpot, Salesforce, Zoho CRM
  • Social media management: Hootsuite, Buffer, Sprout Social

Remember to evaluate each software option based on your needs, budget, and scalability. Try the software or seek recommendations from other business owners in the barbecue industry to make an informed decision.


Check out Google’s Latest Search Results for Software Packages for a barbecue business.

12. Get The Right Business Insurance

When it comes to seeking insurance for your barbecue business, there are several important concerns to keep in mind:

  1. Liability Coverage: Make sure to have insurance that provides liability coverage to protect you, your employees, and customers in case of accidents, injuries, or property damage that may occur on your premises.
  2. Product Liability: Consider obtaining product liability insurance to safeguard your business in case of any harm caused by consuming your food products, such as foodborne illnesses or allergic reactions.
  3. Fire and Property Damage: Given the nature of barbecue cooking, coverage’s essential to protect against fire damage and other property-related risks. This should include coverage for equipment, inventory, and the physical structure of your business.
  4. Business Interruption: Consider insurance that covers business interruption, which can provide financial support in the event of unforeseen circumstances, such as a fire or natural disaster, that temporarily halt your business operations.
  5. Workers’ Compensation: If you have employees, ensure workers’ compensation insurance covers work-related injuries or illnesses they may sustain while on the job.
  6. Business Vehicle Insurance: If you have company vehicles for deliveries or catering services, obtain commercial auto insurance to protect your vehicles, drivers, and any potential accidents during business-related activities.
  7. Licensing and Permit Compliance: Ensure your insurance coverage meets the requirements set by local authorities, as certain licenses or permits may have specific insurance requirements for your barbecue business.

Remember, consulting with a competent insurance broker specializing in business insurance is crucial. They can guide you through the process, assess your needs, and help you secure sufficient coverage tailored to your barbecue business.

For more, see What to Know About Business Insurance. You can also browse the latest Google Search Results for barbecue Business Insurance.

13. Physical Setup

When setting up your barbecue business, paying attention to the layout and organization of your shop, storage space, and customer area is important. A well-organized and visually appealing space reflects professionalism and helps you operate efficiently.

Consider the following tips for organizing your space:

  1. Layout: Arrange your shop, warehouse, and customer area in a way that is easy to navigate and visually appealing. A well-thought-out layout ensures a smooth flow of operations and a pleasant experience for customers.
  2. Product Display: Organize your products to allow customers to easily find what they need. Highlight popular items in prominent areas to attract attention and increase sales.
  3. Business Signage: Install a clear and attractive business sign to attract customers to your establishment. Additionally, display other necessary signs in various areas, such as doors, waiting areas, and parking, to provide helpful information.
  4. Office Organization: Since you’ll be spending a significant amount of time in your office managing your business, it’s important to keep it organized. Ensure your office has the necessary supplies and equipment to efficiently handle administrative tasks.

By creating an organized and visually appealing environment, you create a positive impression on customers and improve your barbecue business’s overall efficiency and productivity.

See, Here are Considerations for The Setup of Your Office, for tips and ideas to make your office work for you. Also, have a look at our article About Company Signs.

14. Creating a Website

Having a website for your barbecue business offers several benefits.

It provides a platform to showcase your menu, specials, and catering services, making it easier for customers to find and order from you.

A website allows you to establish an online presence, expanding your reach and attracting new customers. It also helps build credibility and trust, as customers can learn more about your business and read reviews.

Additionally, a website allows you to communicate important information, such as operating hours and location, effectively.

For more, see How to Build a Website for Your Business.

15. Create an External Support Team

Having an external support team of professionals is valuable for your barbecue business. These individuals are experts you can rely on for guidance and services without being on your payroll. Instead, you engage their services per-use, contract, or hourly.

While you don’t need to have all these professionals in place from the start, building relationships with them over time is essential. As you establish a strong team, they can assist you when needed.

Consider including the following professionals in your support team:

  • Accountant: To help manage your finances, handle taxes, and ensure financial compliance.
  • Lawyer: To provide legal advice, assist with contracts, and protect your business interests.
  • Financial Advisor: To offer guidance on financial planning, investments, and long-term business strategies.
  • Marketing Specialist: To develop effective marketing strategies, enhance your brand, and attract customers.
  • Technical Advisors: To assist with technology-related needs, such as setting up systems or troubleshooting.
  • Consultants: To provide industry-specific expertise, offer insights, and help you make informed decisions.

Building a strong external support team can be gradual, but it’s worth the effort.

Having reliable professionals to turn to when you require their expertise can greatly benefit your barbecue business and contribute to its success.

For more, see, Building a Team of Professional Advisors for Your Business.

16. Hiring Employees

When starting a barbecue business, operating independently without hiring employees is common, especially to manage costs.

However, managing and operating everything independently may become challenging as your business grows.

Hiring employees can significantly improve productivity and help you meet the demands of your expanding business.

The following is a list of job positions or outsourced services you may want to consider as your barbecue business grows and becomes successful:

  • Pitmaster or Grill Cook: Responsible for preparing and cooking the barbecue, ensuring high-quality and flavorful dishes.
  • Servers: Serve customers, take orders, and provide excellent customer service.
  • Cashiers: Handle transactions, manage cash registers, and process payments.
  • Catering Coordinator: Organize and manage catering events, including client communication and logistics.
  • Kitchen Staff: Assist with food preparation, cleaning, and maintaining a clean and organized kitchen area.
  • Marketing Specialist: Develop and implement marketing strategies to promote your barbecue business and attract customers.
  • Delivery Drivers: If you offer delivery services, hiring drivers to handle timely and efficient deliveries.
  • Event Coordinator: Coordinate and plan special events, such as barbecue competitions or themed nights.
  • Maintenance Staff: Ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of the premises, equipment, and outdoor areas.
  • Bookkeeper or Accountant: Manage financial records, handle payroll, and provide financial analysis.
  • IT Support: If you have technology systems, hiring IT support to manage and troubleshoot any technical issues.

Remember, as your barbecue business grows, assessing your needs and considering hiring or outsourcing specific roles to effectively manage your operations and provide excellent customer experiences is important.

For more, see, How and When to Hire a New Employee.


Points To Consider

Getting Customers Through The Door

In a barbecue business, customers are essential for success. Attracting customers can be challenging initially because your business is new, and people may not be aware of it.

As time goes by and you gain more experience in marketing, it will become easier to attract customers, especially if they enjoy your offerings.

To get customers through the door as a new business, I recommend reading the following article for ideas:

How To Get Customers Through the Door

This article can provide valuable insights and strategies to help you attract customers and generate interest in your barbecue business.

Implementing effective marketing techniques and creating a positive customer experience can greatly contribute to the growth and success of your business.

Marketing Ideas

Marketing your barbecue business is an ongoing effort that is vital to its success.

The more you invest in effective marketing techniques, the more revenue you can generate for your business.

You don’t necessarily need to hire an expensive marketing agency to promote your business.

Instead, think of marketing as creating awareness about your barbecue business. You can take advantage of opportunities that come your way and promote your business whenever possible.

This could involve:

  • Social media: Utilize platforms like Facebook, Instagram, or X to showcase mouth-watering barbecue dishes, share updates, and engage with potential customers.
  • Word of mouth: Encourage satisfied customers to spread the word about your tasty barbecue and exceptional service to their friends and family.
  • Local community events: Participate in local food festivals, farmers’ markets, or other community events to introduce your barbecue to a wider audience.
  • Collaborations: Partner with local businesses or food influencers to cross-promote your barbecue and reach new customers.
  • Online directories and review platforms: Ensure your business is listed on popular platforms like Google My Business and Yelp to enhance your online presence and gather positive reviews.

Remember, marketing is an ongoing process, and by being proactive and creative, you can effectively raise awareness about your barbecue business and attract more customers, ultimately boosting your revenue.

See our marketing section for articles that will provide ideas to bring awareness to your barbecue business.

Skill Set:

It’s important to focus on your skill set and evaluate if you have the necessary abilities to run a successful barbecue business.

If you lack a particular skill, remember that you can learn it or hire someone with expertise to fill the gap.

List of essential skills for a barbecue business owner:

  1. Barbecue Cooking: Proficiency in preparing and cooking barbecue dishes to ensure delicious, high-quality food.
  2. Culinary Knowledge: Understanding flavor profiles, ingredients, food safety, and proper cooking techniques.
  3. Customer Service: Providing excellent service, engaging with customers, and ensuring a positive dining experience.
  4. Business Management: Skills in managing finances, budgeting, inventory, and operations.
  5. Marketing and Promotion: Knowledge of effective marketing strategies to attract customers and promote your barbecue business.
  6. Time Management: Efficiently organizing tasks, prioritizing responsibilities, and meeting deadlines.
  7. Adaptability: Adjusting to changing circumstances, addressing challenges, and finding innovative solutions.
  8. Leadership: Ability to lead and motivate a team, delegate tasks, and create a positive work environment.
  9. Communication: Strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively interact with customers, employees, and suppliers.
  10. Creativity: Developing unique menu items, innovative recipes, and creative approaches to attract customers and stand out in the market.

Having a combination of these essential skills or the willingness to learn and acquire them can greatly contribute to the success of your barbecue business.

Hours of Operation:

When determining the hours of operation for your barbecue business, consider the following options:

  1. Lunch Service: Offer lunchtime hours from around 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM to cater to customers looking for a tasty barbecue meal during their midday break.
  2. Dinner Service: Provide dinner hours starting around 5:00 PM or 6:00 PM and closing around 9:00 PM or 10:00 PM, allowing customers to enjoy your barbecue for their evening meal.
  3. Extended Weekend Hours: Consider extending your weekend hours to cater to customers who prefer dining out later. For example, you could stay open until 11:00 PM or midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
  4. Brunch or Breakfast Service: If there is demand in your area, consider offering brunch or breakfast service on weekends, starting around 8:00 AM or 9:00 AM and closing in the early afternoon.
  5. Takeout and Delivery: Determine if you want to offer takeout or delivery services during specific hours, such as lunch and dinner hours, to cater to customers who prefer enjoying barbecue at home.
  6. Special Event Hours: Be flexible to accommodate special events, holidays, or local festivities where you may need to adjust your hours accordingly.

Remember that these are general guidelines, and it’s important to research your target market, competition, and customer preferences in your specific area to determine the best hours of operation for your barbecue business.

Regularly evaluate and adjust your hours based on customer feedback and demand to maximize your business’s success.


A List of Equipment You May Need for a Barbecue Business:

  1. Smoker or Grill: A key piece of equipment for cooking barbecue meats and achieving that smoky flavor.
  2. Commercial Oven: Used for baking bread, preparing sides, or keeping food warm.
  3. Prep Tables: Stainless steel tables for prepping ingredients, assembling dishes, and organizing utensils.
  4. Refrigeration Units: Walk-in coolers or reach-in refrigerators for storing raw ingredients, marinated meats, and other perishable items.
  5. Freezers: Chest or upright freezers for storing frozen goods like meat, ice cream, or pre-prepared items.
  6. Slicing Machine: Electric slicer for efficiently cutting meats or cheeses into uniform slices.
  7. Food Processor: Helpful for chopping, blending, or mixing ingredients for sauces, marinades, or sides.
  8. Grill Tools: High-quality tongs, spatulas, and brushes for handling and grilling the meats.
  9. Cutting Boards: Durable cutting boards for safely and hygienically preparing ingredients.
  10. Cookware and Bakeware: Pans, pots, baking sheets, and baking dishes for various cooking and baking needs.
  11. Utensils: Knives, serving spoons, ladles, and other utensils for food preparation and serving.
  12. Storage Containers: Plastic containers or food-grade bins for storing ingredients, leftovers, or prepped items.
  13. Food Warmers: Countertop warmers or heat lamps to keep cooked food at a desired serving temperature.
  14. Charcoal or Propane Tanks: Fuel source for grilling or smoking.
  15. Cleaning Supplies: Brushes, scrubbers, detergents, and sanitizers for maintaining cleanliness and hygiene.

This list provides a starting point for the necessary equipment in your barbecue business.

Remember to consider the specific requirements of your business and consult with industry professionals or suppliers to determine the best equipment options for your needs.



Discover valuable resources to support and improve your barbecue business. These resources provide insights into the industry, tips for enhancing your operations, and strategies for success.

Stay updated with the latest trends, learn new techniques, and access expert advice to elevate your business and deliver an exceptional customer experience.

Industry Trends and Statistics

Looking at industry trends and statistics for your barbecue business offers several benefits.

Trends let you stay informed about market demands, understand customer preferences, identify emerging opportunities, and make informed decisions to stay ahead of the competition.

See the latest search results for trends and statistics related to a barbecue business.

Top Barbecue Business

Examining established barbecue businesses can provide valuable insights and ideas for your business. It helps you identify unique elements or areas where your business can improve.

By learning from other’s successes and mistakes, you can enhance your offerings and address any overlooked aspects to stand out in the industry.

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The Future of the Barbecue Industry

Researching the future of the barbecue industry offers valuable benefits for someone looking to start a barbecue business. It helps identify emerging trends, consumer preferences, and market opportunities.

By staying informed about the industry’s direction, you can make informed decisions and position your business for future success.

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Researching industry prices when starting your own barbecue business offers valuable benefits. It helps you understand market standards, pricing structures, and competitive pricing strategies.

This knowledge allows you to set reasonable prices that attract customers while ensuring profitability for your business.

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Barbecue Businesses for Sale

When considering buying an existing barbecue business, there are advantages and disadvantages to weigh.

Advantages of buying an established barbecue business include:

  1. Immediate Revenue: You start earning income from the day you take over, as the business is already operational.
  2. Skip the Startup Phase: You bypass the time-consuming and uncertain startup phase, saving time and effort.
  3. Proven Success: The business has a track record of working and generating revenue, giving you confidence in its potential.
  4. Financial Insights: You have access to existing financial data, including revenue, profits, and expenses.
  5. Existing Customer Base: You inherit a customer base, which provides a foundation for ongoing sales and potential growth.
  6. Established Reputation: The business has already built a reputation, making it recognizable and potentially attracting loyal customers.

However, there are also some disadvantages to consider:

  1. Higher Cost: Buying an established business usually comes with a higher price tag, as you’re paying for its goodwill and existing customer base.
  2. Customer Retention: If you want to make significant changes to the business, you may risk losing some customers who are used to the current operations.
  3. Reputation Inheritance: When you purchase a business, you acquire both the positive and negative aspects of its reputation.

Carefully evaluating these pros and cons will help you decide whether buying an existing barbecue business aligns with your goals and resources.

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Barbecue Franchise Opportunities

A barbecue franchise has advantages and disadvantages, but it’s worth exploring before starting a business from scratch.


  1. Proven Business Model: You can follow a well-established plan created by the franchise’s corporate office, which increases the likelihood of success.
  2. Established Reputation and Marketing: You benefit from the franchise’s existing reputation and marketing efforts, attracting customers more easily.
  3. Comprehensive Knowledge: You gain access to detailed information about the business, enabling you to make informed decisions before getting started.
  4. Corporate Support: The franchise provides support and guidance from the corporate office, offering assistance with various aspects of running the business.


  1. Higher Cost: Buying a franchise can be more expensive compared to starting a business from scratch due to initial franchise fees and ongoing royalty payments.
  2. Limited Autonomy: Making significant changes to the business requires approval from the corporate office, limiting your flexibility.
  3. Approved Products and Services: You must adhere to the approved list of products and services specified by the franchise, which may restrict your offerings.
  4. Operational Restrictions: You must operate the business according to the terms and conditions outlined in the franchise agreement, limiting your freedom in certain areas.

Carefully weigh these pros and cons to determine if owning a barbecue franchise aligns with your goals, financial capabilities, and desired level of autonomy.

Conduct thorough research and consult with franchise representatives to make an informed decision.

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Knowledge Is Power if You Use It!

For your barbecue business, you can access a wealth of information about the industry online.

By following the provided links in the following sections, you can gain valuable insights that will be beneficial during your research, startup phase, and when your business is up and running.

This information will equip you with the knowledge to make informed decisions and effectively manage your barbecue business.

A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life of a barbecue business owner offers helpful tips and insights from industry professionals.

It provides an overview of what to expect, offering valuable guidance to those considering or already running a barbecue business.

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Barbecue Business Owners Interviews

Interviews with business owners in the barbecue industry offer valuable information and insights.

Spending time on this section can provide different perspectives and valuable insights into the industry, helping you better understand what to expect in your barbecue business.

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Publications are a valuable resource for staying updated with the latest information about the barbecue business.

They provide valuable insights, trends, and tips to help you stay informed and make informed decisions for your barbecue business.

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Visiting barbecue forums provides an opportunity to engage in discussions on hot topics.

Actively participating in these forums allows you to connect and build relationships with others in the industry, fostering a sense of community and sharing valuable insights.

See the latest search results for the top barbecue forums.


Courses related to a barbecue business are an excellent way to enhance your skills, stay updated with industry trends, and continuously improve.

These courses provide valuable knowledge and insights to help you grow and succeed in the barbecue industry.

See the latest courses related to running a barbecue business.


Subscribing to barbecue blogs is a great way to gain ideas and stay updated with the industry.

You can explore various blogs, subscribe to the ones you find valuable, and curate a collection that provides a constant stream of useful information for your barbecue business.

Look at the latest search results for barbecue blogs to follow.


Books are a valuable source of information that can aid you in starting a barbecue business.

Exploring books on the topic provides in-depth knowledge and insights to support your entrepreneurial journey.

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Keeping up with the news is an effective method to stay updated on the barbecue industry.

Set up alerts to receive timely notifications whenever there is new coverage in the media, ensuring you stay informed about the latest developments.

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Watching videos about the barbecue industry provides valuable tips and insights.

Additionally, exploring related videos suggested by YouTube can expand your knowledge further, covering topics you may not have initially considered, enriching your understanding of the industry.

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