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Lougabe



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 8:38 pm    Post subject: Vending food choices Reply with quote

First let me say that I have been a long time reader and the information that is on the site is invaluable. I have learned so much reading posts on this site. Here is my situation I am vending at a weekly market that is in my town. About 1000-1500 maybe more people each time. There are 25 food vendors (mostly desert / pastry / ice cream) but only 1 doing BBQ (grilling) me. There is one business that is doing hot dogs and hamburg’s already so I can’t do them. Because of the HD rules I have to cook all foods onsite as I don't have a commercial kitchen or access to one. I am grilling thighs, making BBQ beans and serving a store bought soft sweet roll. I have a Meadow Creek 250 with a 42’ chicken cooker on it. I am able to cook about 60 thighs in about 45 min. My sales have been ok as I am making money but I feel the lack of variety is hurting me. We are allowed to set up 1.5 hours before the market opens and it goes for 4 hours with the last hour completely dead. Our location is right on the street so we do have a good spot. What else can I cook fast on site that would bring in more sales? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 10:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Welcome aboard Lougabe.
Alot of things are regional. You need to edit your profile to include your location, so that we can help you.
What are your serving times?
What about a breakfast fattie on a biscuit served with grits?
Stuffed Thigh with mushrooms and cheese wrapped in bacon?
Turkey Legs?
Whole or half chickens to take home that final hour?
Smoked Sausage or Brats?
Build a Discada and do stir fry, Mexican or Oriental.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 10:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Drumsticks, pig wings, moink balls (or just meat balls in a sub), with a marinara sauce, chili, brats or Italian sausage, kabobs, chicken wings, pig candy.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 10:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another thought is, since you have such a short time to vend, you might have to look into pre-cooked items.
I know they'll cost you more, but you can always up-sell your sides and drinks.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 10:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could also look for a commissary, or look to having a mobile vendors licence and truck, that way you could set up on a lot within a mile, cook for 4 / 6 / 8 hours before opening time for the market, then roll in with hot food when the market opens and get cranking on the chicken thighs and hot hold the other items.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17 12 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you guys those were some pretty good ideas for me to think about. The event runs (for vendors) 3:30pm to 9pm. I updated my profile to show CT. I can’t do any oriental as there are 2 booths already there. I was thinking about marinated steak on a stick quick and easy but the cost of meat here has risen like crazy. I would love to do pulled pork here it would sell like crazy but can’t. My wife suggested wings almost everyone likes wings and they cook fast. We have 7 more Thursdays to vend so that is nice. Serving times are from 5p to 9p but it s-l-o-w-s up @ 8. Not much time to cook and serve a varity of food. I was thinking one more item maybe 2 would be nice. Looking at getting into a commercial kitchen for rental but for the time being cooking all onsite is the challenge.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18 12 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are Tri-Tips hard to come by in your town? If you can get them they cook quick (less then an hour to grill, 2-3 hours smoked) and make for a great sandwich.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18 12 1:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I sell quite a few 1/4 pound all beef hot dogs wrapped in bacon on a hogie for $5.00, have also taken frozen meatballs and wrapped w/bacon as moinks 2 for $1.75 - put them on the same hogie with [SoEzzy's] marinara as a bacon cheeseburger sub for % or - or call it a moink sub to keep the burger guy off your back.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 18 12 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lougabe, where in CT. are you? That could make a huge difference on what sells for you. Shocked
I have no vending or resturaunt experience so take the following FWIW, I like to eat though. Very Happy
BBQ pork skewers
Grilled, stuffed portabella's on a bun, cheese and garlic or whatever you think.
Wraps of any kind seem popular in my area, maybe a "cheese steak" wrap or grilled sliced beef with a BBQ twist?
I see a lotta folks down here eating grilled veggie wraps, they can't seem to get them fast enough. Shocked
Good luck.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21 12 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quick cook BBQ:
Shrimp
Vegetable Medley
Mushrooms
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21 12 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found a great 2 hour rib recipe from the BBQ Pit Boys on you tube. That might work for you. I've used the recipe, and it works great for some fast ribs.
Baked potato bombs: Take an apple corer and pull out the center of the tater........stuff with cheese, pork and/or whatever you want....cut the core you pulled out and stuff it back into the ends and wrap the taters and put on the grill. Makes a great baked tater with stuffing already inside. The sell great.
Pork, chicken or steak on skewers with onions, peppers are fast, easy and profitable.
Just my 2cents worth. Good luck. Confused
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 21 12 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

beef or pork skewers,cook quick,sell quick,buffalo wings sell well too.grill the wings toss with sauce.....
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22 12 6:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree with a lot of that...kabobs would do well. you can even prep them before you go in.Potato bombs might do good too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 27 12 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jerk Pit Master wrote:
Quick cook BBQ:
Shrimp
Vegetable Medley
Mushrooms
Boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Jerk Pit Master has a great idea.
Be`ins ya got a cooker you like to cook chicken on try these...



Takes those boneless skinless thighs, cut em up & skew em up. Smoke or grill them. The packs of thigh`s i get come 5-6 to a pak for around $3.50 a pak. This should yield 10 skews of chicken-on a-stick, costing around .35 cents each.
Sells well for me 3 skews for $5.00 or 2 for $4.00 depending on the venue/location.
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