Originally Posted by Rrainstar
I've been in the food service industry my entire adult life and have done just about every job both in the kitchen and out of the kitchen you can possibly imagine. I've been doing a lot of thinking lately (and some dreaming) and I have decided that I will eventually open my own restaurant that will have a strong Barbecue focus. I am in the process of drafting my dream menu which I will probably pare down to what I know is feasible.From my experience, some of the best ideas and products that I've had have been inspired by customer feedback. On that note, who better to ask a few simple questions about barbecue than you fine folks here. I am not looking for advice yet. . .just some input on a few short questions; In your opinion,What food item(s) do you think is essential for a barbecue joint to have? What would be something you would like to see on a menu? What is the best dish (main,side, dessert, whatever), you've ever had from a barbecue restaurant? Are you open to Barbecue methods from around the world or do you prefer more regionalized american styles? Other than Barbecue and smoked meats what is your favorite type of cuisine and why?
I appreciate any feedback whatsoever and I thank you in advance for taking the time.
What food item(s) do you think is essential for a barbecue joint to have? Brisket (sliced and chopped), chicken quarters or halves, pulled pork (I rate BBQ joints by their pulled pork and their brisket), sausage (mild and hot), cole slaw (cream, vinegar, or both), potatoes (fries, mashed, salad), beans, mac n' cheese, bread or buns people would talk about to their grandchildren, and BBQ sauces people like me would want to buy by the case.
What would be something you would like to see on a menu? You (and me) are in California so sweet smoked salmon could be a biggie.
What is the best dish (main, side, dessert, whatever), you've ever had from a barbecue restaurant? I remember having BBQ at a place in Chattanooga, TN in the 70s called Bea's where the food was served family style at round tables from a big Lazy Susan in the middle of the table. On that table was pulled pork BBQ among other things like fried chicken, fried okra, fried catfish (I sense a theme) and a gooey peach cobbler that to this day is one of my favorite taste memories of living in the South. (Holy crap, I just Googled Bea's and it is still in business!!!! Watched a video on YouTube! Thanks for the living memory!)
Are you open to Barbecue methods from around the world or do you prefer more regionalized american styles? Love Jamaican Jerk. My wife just said the other day, "Find a Jamaican Jerk recipe and make it." There was a place here in Sacramento several years ago that served only Jamaican Jerk BBQ but it was mismanaged and went OB even though it was always packed.
Other than Barbecue and smoked meats what is your favorite type of cuisine and why? Anything international (Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, German, Italian, Persian, etc). We love the variety.