New restaurant...need ideas for apps.

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Jun 23, 2010
All, got a new restaurant in north east PA with all the staples a BBQ place would have(brisket, burned ends, pulled pork, half chickens), but looking to expand app choices to include more BBQ.

Keep in mind, we want to prep a lot day or 2 in advance, quick prep time, heatup/cook quick, and KISS!

So far, we have:
1. ABT
2. Pulled pork wontons
3. Smoked mac and cheese bites
4. Smoked wings
5. Stuffed wings

Synergies if possible...l let me know your thoughts.
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Oh, its not only a BBQ place, but we have a $15k we want to leverage the equipment as much as possible :)
Smoked rosemary red potatoes
Herb crusted zucchini with a balsamic glaze (my favorite)
Smoked wings in a few different flavors
You could make a rib basket where you use a third or quarter slab
Fried pickles

I spent a lot of time working in restaurants when I was younger. I could come up with a ton of stuff
If you have access to fresh salmon, then it is hard to beat a great smoked salmon dip. Best thing is you cna bake the bread in the smoker also. Rip out the center and feel it with the salmon dip. I like cream cheese and mascarpone as the base fore my salmon dip.
How about Armadillo Eggs made with ground Brisket or even mixed meat as leftovers dictate. A little more prep but quick cooking and low food cost. Add a Creamy Dip or even Ranch Dressing...JJ
I was at a BBQ place in south west va and they had an app that was smoked pulled pork jalapeno poppers.

It had pulled pork and cheese stuffed in a jalapeno half and wrapped in bacon. they were delicious.

Good Luck,

for apps, how about "fatty sliders".  Rolled fatties (gauge finished diameter to the slider bun).  The range of fatty fillings gives a lot of options for what you have or make a sampler.  Or even a sliced fatty sandwich for the nice thick ones.  I would buy that on the lunch menu any day. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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