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phil c
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PostPosted: Sep 18 2015    Post subject: Smoker recomendations Reply with quote

So, the wife and I are looking at buying a restaurant. The issue we have is due to health dept. regs. we need to look at a gas powered smoker for use indoors.
Any recommendations? we would be looking for a size of approx. 6 ft. wide and 3 ft. deep.
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PostPosted: Sep 21 2015    Post subject: SP Reply with quote

INMHO, Southern Pride Rotisserie smokers are the way to go. We used one for years in our BBQ restaurant and 1000's of lbs of all types of meat on it with fantastic consistent results with minimum upkeep and maintenance. They can be a "set it and forget it" type smoker that staff can easily operate. They can be easily adapted for indoor or outdoor applications and usually meet all current health dept regs. They are pricey, but I think worth it. Used ones can sometimes be found on eBay or here on the ring. There are other brands like this (3 manufacturers in Sikeston, MO alone) but I don't have any personal experience with these
We sold our restaurant last year and this summer just vended out of our trailer. I used two pellet smokers for this and it was a challenge to keep up and maintain the consistancy I like. If we vend next summer I will be purchasing some variation of a trailer mounted gas assist rotisserie smoker to met our needs. Just my personal, opinion, hope this helps.
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1MoreFord
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PostPosted: Sep 21 2015    Post subject: Reply with quote

Look at Ole Hickory pits. From what I understand they use more commonly available parts than Southern Pride does. I know of one small successful chain that uses them. They produce good Que with them.
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PostPosted: Sep 22 2015    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here ya go phil c. These are threads debating commercial cookers from the commercial bbq section. Hope this helps and good luck!!

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=67203&highlight=southern+pride

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=65875&highlight=southern+pride

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=53026&highlight=southern+pride+ole+hickory

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=20818&highlight=southern+pride+ole+hickory



Here is one from a guy that details opening a Q place from the time he starts looking for a property. Great read with lot's of good input from people very experienced in the business. If you haven't yet.....spend a lot of time in the commercial section. Tons of great threads from people that can inform you on issues that are going to come up and save you from mistakes.m

http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=64730&postdays=0&postorder=asc&highlight=southern+pride&start=80
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