So our church is sending a group of a college kids to Colombia in February and wanted to have a fund raiser. I said I would like to help out so I said I would do it.
I don't remember who had posted this a year or so back but I loved his idea. We set the fundraiser like this.
We take pre-orders for pork cushions that average 3# each precook. We charge $21 dollars each. We figured $7/lb is normal deli prices for pulled pork. That cost also pays almost the full cost of a bag of cushions that contain 4 roasts.
Ok so for each roast sold we bought 1bag of cushions. We pre-sold 40 @ $21=$840
That is now our working money. The cost of the meat was about $240 leaves us $600 to work the rest of the fundraiser. We got lucky on this job and someone donated some to-go containers. That saved us some money. We decided that we would use shoulder/butts for the sandwiches. Bought dried pintos and pressure cooked them for baked beans, shredded cabbage for coleslaw. We ended up spending about $100 extra on supplies that we made on pre-sales. I can deal with that.
Everything Saturday becomes profit. Sold sammies with 1 side for $7 and two sides for $9.
home made baked beans and coleslaw and sammies on simple 4.5" hamburger buns piled high.
The process worked well and we will do this again. Made just over $2k for the kids. Not bad for a one day fundraiser.
I will say to help out stockpile things when they go on sale and ask for donations from local suppliers. If you can find a local diner they might help with the location. The community is a great resource for helping out.
Get your legal ducks in a row from the health dept. and local rule for temp. food service. If you do it is a good way to make a name and have fun making some good BBQ and making people happy.