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chickenskinmusic
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PostPosted: Wed May 06 09 11:02 am    Post subject: Selling ribs Reply with quote

Am thinking of selling some smoked ribs to a large crowd of 4 wheelers this summer and need some pricing input. I expect to pay 10.00-12.00 per rack, what do some of your folks recommend for a retail price? And I am here to tell you, man are they good!!!!!!
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PostPosted: Wed May 06 09 10:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Baby Backs or spares or St Louis cut spares?

Are you doing it out of an HD approved, licensed and insured rig?

What's you cost / lb for buying the ribs, rubs, fuel, sauce etc?

Round here prices or ribs swing between $20.00 / rack and up to about $26.00.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06 09 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get $20.00 per. rack or $2.00 per bone. Full spares.


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PostPosted: Thu May 07 09 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

$20.00 a rack here, same as yours Curt.

Now I realize you profess your ribs are good, but how is your chickenskin and music?! Razz





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PostPosted: Thu May 07 09 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently had a friend of my wife's ask my wife if I would cook ribs for her party.... just side portions, as she's having a pig roast as the main course with sides.. party is of 150 Shocked I only have a WSM.... yep, one WSM.

I told her umm.. no, but figured she could expect to spend about $750-$1000.

I've been asked a few times to cook now for private parties.. ribs & pulled pork. Is this any different than bringing any other food to a party.? Obviously, with the cost of meat/etc, the host would have to pay me something..
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PostPosted: Thu May 07 09 6:16 am    Post subject: Re: Selling ribs Reply with quote

chickenskinmusic wrote:
Am thinking of selling some smoked ribs to a large crowd of 4 wheelers this summer and need some pricing input. I expect to pay 10.00-12.00 per rack, what do some of your folks recommend for a retail price? And I am here to tell you, man are they good!!!!!!


if your cost per-rack is $10-$12, I think you would need to price those too high where people would not be to eager to purchase them.

For instance, lets say the racks cost you $11-each, the absolute bare minimum I think anyone could consider selling each rack for is $27.50 (40% cost ratio)

if you use a 33.3% ratio (3-times your cost) you would need to be asking $33.33 per rack.

I would find a way to lower your initial costs so you can ask a more realistic price for your potential customers to pay.

I would also look into the legality of what you are proposing, Maybe if you cooked a bunch of ribs at home, kept them iced down in a cooler and ran them across a weber kettle for a re-heat, if any gov. entity showed up to ask what the heck you are doing, it may be easier to lie your way out of it and avoid some fines.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08 09 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For one rack I would be at $25 or 6 for $100. Most people go for the 6 and Sams sells them in 3 packs. Usually this is pricing for friends/co-workers only.
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PostPosted: Fri May 08 09 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow, expensive racks. Are you buying wholesale?
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PostPosted: Fri May 08 09 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sell ribs on the weekends (Sat) St.Louis style spares and i get $17. for a full rack and for a "Super" rack (rack and a half) i get $26. i know it doesn't sound like much profit Crying or Very sad but i also sell PP sammies and the sides and that where i make up for the ribs Cool ...and when the ribs are gone ...they have to wait till next weekend Cool ...and most of the time i get the customer to reserve a rack with $ down for the following week end ...
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PostPosted: Fri May 08 09 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ribmaster wrote:
I sell ribs on the weekends (Sat) St.Louis style spares and i get $17. for a full rack and for a "Super" rack (rack and a half) i get $26. i know it doesn't sound like much profit Crying or Very sad but i also sell PP sammies and the sides and that where i make up for the ribs Cool ...and when the ribs are gone ...they have to wait till next weekend Cool ...and most of the time i get the customer to reserve a rack with $ down for the following week end ...


That price is LOW. Most slabs of spares sell in the store for $10-$12 UNCOOKED.

Time to raise prices! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat May 09 09 12:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man I must be missing something here-there are several palces locally to buy spares (5.5 pd av) for around 7.50 per slab -simply amazing at the difference in prices from different locations.

edit=these are wholesale prices for uncooked spares

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PostPosted: Sat May 09 09 12:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a copy from website of one of our local BBQ joints for take out ribs...

PORK RIBS, St. Louis cut - meaty & tender.
Smoked over cherry wood! Half or full rack.
$7.99 1/2 rack
$15.99 full rack


Notice it is "TAKE OUT"....NOT "cooked on site"!!

Here is from their restaurant menu....

BBQ Pork Ribs, St. Louis Cut

Full Rack BBQ Ribs (10 bones) $18.99
Half Rack BBQ Ribs (5 bones) $13.99
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PostPosted: Sat May 09 09 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Same here on that high price you pay. I buy from Sam's Club at $23.00 for a 3 pack of baby backs.
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PostPosted: Sat May 09 09 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think my last case price at Sam's was around $63.00, which is roughly $7 per rack. I sell for $20 per rack or $12 for a half-rack--about 35% food cost.
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