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A barbecue concession trailer business is a good way to make money with your barbecue.. this may not interest some of you but I have friends who rake in the cash every year at our local state fair doing what they love to do!

I recently acquired a concession trailer site and it happens to be about the concession business and has some pretty good information about how to go thru the process of having a barbecue concession trailer built and how to get thru the red tape without going crazy.

It also goes into some detail about the roadside espresso/coffee business as well. From what I have gathered.. this is a really big deal up north and is aquiring some popularity in the south.

I did not write the content (although I will be doing some research and adding to the site soon) but it is sound and good advice that could help you immensely if you are someone who is interested in the concession business.

You will need a smoker if you plan to smoke meat and sell it and from what I have seen and researched.. the best place for your smoker is on the back side of the trailer. I saw one model that had a custom made back porch on the trailer with a smoker/rotisserie that was as wide as the porch and allowed you to walk out of the trailer and get the meat off of the smoker for easy serving.

I have also seen barbecue trailers with a separate trailer mounted smoker and I suppose this would work well also but would require an extra vehicle to pull it.

This is not my specialty but you do need to know that there are folks that do this full time and if you are able to produce good smoked meat then people will buy it.

The barbecue concession trailer business is definitely something to think about.


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  1. I am looking to start my own vending buisness and want to use my 7 foot smoker do I still need to get a food chart or trailer

  2. Weird I read the about Jeff Phillips caption. I too am an industrial engineer who absolutely loves smoking meat for peoples' enjoyment and am saving up for my very own smoker/concession trailer.

    1. I have been working in a job that allows me to travel to several state fairs and rodeos. One thing I have noticed is that regardless of how big or small the event is from our perspective, the food vendors are ALWAYS killing it. Just recently I was at the Nebraska state fair (one of our smaller venues) and I spoke to a woman who had a little 10X10 German roasted nut booth, and she said she typically does about $25K at that one event. This is pretty typical from my experience. Last year at the Oklahoma state fair (a MUCH larger event) a German nut vendor had already done $60K and there was still a week left. These are nut booths for goodness sake! This has my wheels turning, as I have owned 2 restaurants in the past and am familiar with the basics as well as the state fair/rodeo circuit. I have been thinking seriously about doing a smoked meat trailer featuring pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, nachos and burgers (topped w/ pulled pork of course!) Interested to hear from anyone who does this type of this, or has credible information about anyone who does.