Now, due to a couple medical issues, starting over At 60 and no retirement to speak of. Who am I kidding, no savings of any kind, its scary as hell. So, forgive me in advance if I ask a lot of redundant questions
For a while, I plan to be lurking around the forum trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible. I'll be the one asking all the questions. Wish me luck.
I am starting a smoked meat, BBQ, event catering and pretty much any way I can think of to make a buck operation. My plan for now is to see if I can operate my grill outside of a couple local factory's during lunch. Hoping to get some takers. Figure in the summer the smell alone should get to some of them. I will be working some local farmers markets as well. Iowa sweet corn, garden fresh tomatoes, maybe some other veggies and my smoked meats. Take home meal that will be hard to beat for fresh and flavorful. Win for several of us at the local outdoor markets, hoping if I get them to stop once, they'll be regulars for the rest of the summer.
I'm also planning on offering small backyard and event catering. I have done this in the past and liked it a lot. Done well, it has a good income potential to go with it.
Last but not least, planning to enter a few BBQ contest, more for the education from those that are doing it right than actually thinking I will win. Can't be bad advertisement either.
Finally as a get the word out sort of thing. We have an event called RAGBRI. It's a cross state, east to west, bicycle ride. The thing has grown to multiple thousands of riders. My plan is to get registered with the group, so I can fly there banner, and follow the ride. I'll let you know how that one goes.
So here goes, welcome to Big John's BBQ.