Seven key components to open a BBQ restaurant

Seven key components to open a BBQ restaurant

Yep, its a talking head vlog, but if you are remotely interested in opening a restaurant operation, this will be worth your time to watch.

We have so many conversations and get so many messages from people each week looking for input on opening a craft BBQ operation that making this video was inevitable.

I discuss seven key components of opening a BBQ restaurant.

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  1. Chon Dominguez on September 17, 2022 at 5:43 am

    Great advice thank you.

  2. JOSE on September 17, 2022 at 5:44 am

    Thank you!!!!!

  3. William Rode on September 17, 2022 at 5:45 am

    Me and a coworker/ friend are contemplating starting up a bbq restaurant,

  4. Quanesha Kidd on September 17, 2022 at 5:46 am

    Great video!Quick question,I’m trying to become a bbq restaurant owner.Will I need my culinary degree to legally open my business?

  5. scott henry on September 17, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Amazing Advice Chief!!!!

  6. Butter knife shawty on September 17, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Awesome video. Great information thanks for sharing

  7. Malcolm Portlock on September 17, 2022 at 5:48 am

    Thanks for the information

  8. Sean Hickey on September 17, 2022 at 5:50 am

    When did Mark McGwire open a BBQ joint?

  9. Doug Noe on September 17, 2022 at 5:50 am

    Great advice thank you!!! I’m working really hard to get started just finished Building a gravity feed smoker!!! I pick up a military field kitchen for a mobile unit. I’m going to get started on counters top and other once spring sets in. I would like to show you some of the smoker build some how and pick your brain a bit!!

  10. Smokin Hot BBQ on September 17, 2022 at 5:52 am

    This is great to information. Thank you. We’re out of Gary Indiana. We’ve just launched our good trailer operation. It’s named Smokin’ Hot Barbecue, LLC. We’re excited and scared at the same time. However, it’s starting off good.

  11. Uriel-Heaven’s Guardian on September 17, 2022 at 5:53 am

    Thank you so very much for this!!!
    I’m researching everything to try to make sure I do the right things before opening! Just going to stay small and do a roadside or trailer. If you have anymore details I’d love to hear more. I have all kinds of questions. If you have a complete step by step guide that’d be awesome if I can get it!!!

  12. Zo on September 17, 2022 at 5:54 am

    I am thinking about a new type of restaurants : eating-spots
    in eating-spots, food keeps changing, chefs also rotate.
    this is opposed to current restaurants,
    thanks to this rotation of food and chefs, eating-spots are way more powerful than restaurants,
    along with that, there is an app,
    people vote for the food that will be cooked in the next days,
    menu is influenced by the live input of the people via an app.

  13. Darren Sudduth on September 17, 2022 at 5:54 am

    Awesome man!! Thx!!

  14. Leigh Patryck Villarin on September 17, 2022 at 5:57 am

    Thanks for the advice sir, this will help our restaurant grow❤️

  15. Joe Parish on September 17, 2022 at 5:58 am

    I live in Carrizo Springs TX and on March 1st I’ll be opening a small BBQ place here in town, Smokin’ Joe’s Pit BBQ. The building already has a brick pit and I have an off-set smoker on a trailer that I will combine with it. I have had a lot of positive feedback on my BBQ and believe I will do pretty good. We will have brisket, pulled pork, ribs, and sausage. The sides will be corn, pinto beans, green beans, mac-n-cheese, and potato salad.

  16. Jorge on September 17, 2022 at 5:59 am

    great video, loved the advice, wish I had seen it sooner, opened a few months back a small smokehouse in Dominican Republic, ig @bigjsrd not much yet, but working on it, thanks once again for the advice.

  17. Patriot BBQ on September 17, 2022 at 5:59 am

    I had a bbq joint, now in court because family saw how much money I was making and tried to screw me. Never go into business with family and get a contract on anything you do.

  18. Khaled Ramadan on September 17, 2022 at 6:00 am

    Very helpful. Thank you very much for all the insights

  19. Denise B on September 17, 2022 at 6:01 am

    I am a hairstylist and voice over artist…..walking into the food industry with no experience this is really helpful! Thank you

  20. Hugo Rodriguez on September 17, 2022 at 6:01 am

    Pure gold, thank you for making this video! BBQ started out of curiosity and my passion for it has just kept growing and growing and it’s gotten to the point where people are asking when I’m going to open my restaurant because they love my BBQ so much! I keep telling them I don’t think I’d make it in the restaurant business because I have no experience but maybe a food stand to start out see how it goes, I have an advantage because my community already know me and my BBQ but now after watching this video I’m way more confident. Thanks again for making this video I will help me out tremendously!

  21. David Gonzalez on September 17, 2022 at 6:02 am

    Instagram @Gracelandbbq_ep we thank you for this information

  22. Darren C on September 17, 2022 at 6:02 am

    So helpful! I met one of your customers in Norfolk, VA who praised how you help them start a multi-million dollar bar-b-que operation. My dream life. Maybe one day.

  23. WookieLove1 on September 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    JD you put out great videos brother.
    I’m about to pull the trigger on a 1975. Just trying to figure out if I need the wagon or trailer…

  24. lionel thompson on September 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    Fix and start my business I built my own barbeque pet rotisserie thanks for the information that you give us

  25. Tom Karren on September 17, 2022 at 6:03 am

    So awesome. Thanks for sharing your experience and insights. Very helpful.

  26. JimmyGsBBQTv on September 17, 2022 at 6:04 am

    Thanks glad I stumbled upon your site Very good start up info. Jimmy G’s BBQ coming soon to lorida FL. I live in a Very small tight nit community w a big bbq appetite.

  27. Eric Pickle on September 17, 2022 at 6:05 am

    This is incredible info.

  28. Daniel Richards on September 17, 2022 at 6:09 am

    Very helpful, we are very close , building is needing work but we have it . What is the best way to manage food timing and smoker time . In order to serve fresh bbq . Thanks

  29. John Remlinger on September 17, 2022 at 6:10 am

    Would sitting with 14 Fortune 500 CEO’s out of the San Francisco financial district and getting them to allow me to solicit my business to all of their employees nationally, and sucessfully achieving this in only 17 days with no high school diploma or help from anyone around me…..PLUS no business actively going… BE CONSIDERED A SHORTCUT ???….
    " Dont take shortcuts" you say…lololo.. Give me a break.. ALWAYS take The Path of Least Resistance in everything… The world is to big and theirs to many big things that need to be done while still here on earth.. DON’T waist valuable time overthinking things OR lingering in your idea when anyone can create a well oiled self operating machine.

  30. Hamm Bone on September 17, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Thanks. Great video!!

  31. DjSontan on September 17, 2022 at 6:14 am

    Thank you

  32. Wendell Redic on September 17, 2022 at 6:15 am

    Red’s Brisket-Burgers & Wingz working on getting my own trailer

  33. Bobbycue’s Roadhouse on September 17, 2022 at 6:17 am

    Great video!
    We will be opening in Port Charlotte Fl soon

  34. Tonto 81 on September 17, 2022 at 6:24 am

    By far most informative, DIRECT and very Helpful trade tips since inquiring about starting my own bbq catering business. Thank you very much.

  35. American Privilege on September 17, 2022 at 6:25 am

    Thank you for your video. I’ve always known that most food places fail in the first year. Im a new construction plumber. I want to start a bbq business I was just afraid of failure. The knowledge you just shared made up my mind. I’m going for it. Thanks again brotha you definitely helped me

  36. David Van Remortel on September 17, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Huge thanks !!!

  37. Frank Trenton on September 17, 2022 at 6:28 am

    I have question now doing bbq comps n winning can that also help promote more in your business.

  38. kimchi lum on September 17, 2022 at 6:28 am

    With all the well planned and going well and all but if you short of cash flow you are done. Make sure you have enough cash flow.

  39. GQue BBQ - Westminster on September 17, 2022 at 6:29 am

    Great video & Overview!

  40. Zach Simon on September 17, 2022 at 6:33 am

    We budget an additional 33% for start up costs and fold an additional 20% to final menu costing to cover costs like to go containers, cleaning solutions, napkins etc if you don’t your projections will be off, learned a variation of this in culinary school and 4 Seasons but the function is the same

  41. Taylor Burton on September 17, 2022 at 6:35 am

    Awesome video! In the planning stage of my BBQ/Brewery and Primitive Pits was on the short list of smokers! Keep up the good work!

  42. Kabin Architecture on September 17, 2022 at 6:35 am

    You are an amazing speaker! Great job! We started DUNHAM SMOKEHOUSE ( last year (2020), right smack in the middle of the pandemics and looking forward for the better days to come. Thanks for those amazing advices. Very helpful! Will watch all the other shows for sure. Thank you for doing such a great job! 👊🏻

  43. Eric Ross on September 17, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Great video! In the infancy of creating my own place and will be mobile for the first 5 years or so, according to my business plan. The numbers game is the one I’m working on now. Hoping to have a pro forma done in the next week so I can start shopping for funding! I can’t wait to get my brand of que out to the public!

  44. Live Archive on September 17, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Thank You!

  45. Leigh Taft on September 17, 2022 at 6:39 am

    Holy poop get on with it already lol

  46. Clayton Wells on September 17, 2022 at 6:40 am

    Great info….. the craftman bbq scene…wow I thought I was crazy when I started describing my bbq and business and a craft…. so here we are!
    Planning on starting a bbq business- The Kansas City BBQ Bistro. So far doing a lot of what this video talk about but it did bring up some interesting points.

  47. Angale on September 17, 2022 at 6:40 am

    💯👌🏽cheers mate this helped big time me and my husband are in Australia 🇦🇺 bbq isn’t that big in the town we live in and we’re starting our own business

  48. Funk Daddy on September 17, 2022 at 6:41 am

    Please don’t say “No pun intended” when the pun is used or actually intended. It’s cliche
    That said, I love your channel ❤️
    It gets right to the meat of the subject… see what I did there 😉

  49. david levell on September 17, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Some good advice my little bit is don’t follow trends to the point that your no different to the guy down the road, reinvent look what’s happening and keep changing (MacDonalds is a great business for this ) I looked at what was happening during corona mayhem and seen how pizzas where booming so I decided to build a platform around what they do eg packaging ,deals etc I grew instantly to become the biggest independent food supplier of ribs I know sell 100 kilos of ribs a DAY I no longer cook I work on making my business grow as my job

  50. Marshall Turner on September 17, 2022 at 6:43 am

    Best vid I’ve seen so far, I just subscribed to your channel.

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