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After two years playing on my FE100 my wife said we needed to start doing concessions (she was reallllly torked when I first got the 100 lol. I received my state sales tax license and went to work. We went to Desperado Days in Kimball, SD with 2 cases coke, 2 cases diet coke, two cases Mt. Dew, 2 cases bottled water, 2 cases Chips,8 pounds of Peach Beans, 250 big buns, 30 racks of baby backs and 12 butts. I smoked the ribs on Friday and the butts started Friday at 6:30pm pulled and foiled at 5:30am and put them in coolers. We pulled the butts when needed and put them in an electric roaster(the last 3 butts were pulled at 9pm and were still hot!) Armed with SmokinOkie's
mustard, Eastern Carolina Sauce and Cookshack Spicy and Miled BBQ sauce we were a BIG HIT!
This is the 2nd year this event has taken place and they called us to see if we would be a vender. Had people wanting recipes for the beans, ribs and pulled pork (by the way they were called " pulled pork sammiches" on the menu. Now we are getting ready for a 3 day Powwow on the Lower Brule Reservation this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and then the Crow Creek Powwow the following week. My wife was so upset that I had purchased the 100 2 years ago. Now I'm considering an FEC300 but she says to get the 500 LMAO. I really want to thank everyone for all your help. I have been researching the forums and I have found the we can crank out the best Q people around here have every had. You guys did all the work and believe me I give each and everyone one of you credit. Again Thanks for all your help Smiler
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Hey SD - where in the state are you? For my day job I go to Sioux Falls and Rapid City on a regular basis. Wouldn't mind checking out one of your events if the timing works.
I'm "diving in" myself running a concession trailer at the MN State Fair starting Thursday. Pulled pork sliders will be the feature - with Smokin Okie's pullin' sauce on board of course!
No time to do a BBQ sauce - forced to go commercial on that one.
Anyway - hope to see you in action sometime soon.
The buns I couldn't take back...they were special order "Culver Buns" cost 13 cents each.We have them in the freezer. I sold ten racks of baby backs at cost to friends and had one heck of a party featuring pulled pork and ribs for anyone and everyone who wanted to attend. It was a 3 day Powwow and we left in the middle of the second day.
I'm not the only one who learned an expensive lesson! Try selling que to Minnesota State Fairgoers OUTSIDE the fairgrounds!! I believed the dude who misrepresented the sales potential and suffered through 12 days of late nights struggling to clear $400 a day in sales. Had to add corn dogs and fried cheese (on a stick of course) just to get more traffic. It was a debacle of epic proportions.
Silver lining - learned a LOT!
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Originally posted by BBQDUDE:
Hey SD - where in the state are you? For my day job I go to Sioux Falls and Rapid City on a regular basis. Wouldn't mind checking out one of your events if the timing works.
I'm "diving in" myself running a concession trailer at the MN State Fair starting Thursday. Pulled pork sliders will be the feature - with Smokin Okie's pullin' sauce on board of course!
No time to do a BBQ sauce - forced to go commercial on that one.
Anyway - hope to see you in action sometime soon.


Hey Dude1
I am easing in to the business myself ... my first FEC100 arrived yesterday. What are you using for buns for your sliders?

Thanks!
Linda
I've also just joined the crowd. Sold my small restaurant in the mountains of NC and working on a 16' trailer. Got a FEC100 and now waiting on the health department. My first gig is an auction on June 3rd. Couple of catering jobs and then I will be vending at 3 different locations a week for lunch. After I get my bearings I will try to hit the festivals and bigger things.

Congrats!! and Good luck to all of us!!

Thanks
Todd

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