How to Start a Mobile Barbeque Business

One of the considered highly profitable business ventures in the market today is a mobile food stand selling barbeques.

However, before you can start your very own mobile barbeque business, you must possess the key elements needed to make your business a success.

These elements are precision, research, and patience. As an owner, you must possess these three. Otherwise, your efforts to start your business will easily go to waste.

Prematurely money spending, never-ending thought of the profits and hurrying the process of creating mobile food stands are the common mistakes which a businessman commits. The following are the tips for you to avoid committing these mistakes.

Tips to a Successful Mobile Barbeque Business

Create a mouth-watering barbeque recipe and be sure to master it. Learn the techniques on how to cook meats slowly depending on the state, whether your meat will be chicken, pork, or beef. Moreover, make your very own recipe for a tangy, addictive, and unique barbeque sauce. However, this is only the start of your adventure in building your mobile barbeque business. And on the process of this start, you will definitely learn loads of stuff about yourself being a cook. But if for some imperative reason you have change your decision regarding the opening of a mobile barbeque business, your efforts will still not be wasted because you have learned. And besides, you did not spend an enormous amount of money yet.

On the other hand, if making recipes made your determination to start your mobile barbeque business a lot stronger, then the next thing for you to do is to buy a trailer which is designed for concessions. When purchasing a trailer, you must be persistently looking until you have found the right one which is appropriate for your budget. Modify the trailer for its efficiency, advertising, as well as for its look. And if ever you need a bigger refrigerator, then you must get one. Make an adequate signage that will explain what you will serve, what foods you are going to offer, and in a ways that will make the public, even the busy people, to stop for a while and eat. Furthermore, you have to thoroughly research the part of the town which is the busiest as well as the places having the highest possibility of foot traffic but with only minimal mobile barbeque food stands. Visit these places that you have researched and observe. Know why there are so many people in these areas. Imagine also how your business will operate in these places. Observe also the demographic of the area and take note of the essential facts. Once you have gathered all the information that you need, compare them.

Acquire a permit for food handlers. The health department, sales tax permit, and business license from county clerks of your area will be responsible of this kind of permit. Also obtain federal tax identification. These will be acquired from the IRS. When acquiring a food permit, you will have to take a test.


  • K. Carter said on December 18, 2010
    please help me in starting a mobile barbecue business in Chicago, Il. 60644. Mobile bbq biz
  • Kanwaljit Singh said on December 30, 2010
    I wish to start chef cart in West Delhi. I want to know from where i get the license and what are other formality which i have to complied with the application
  • Dan said on September 2, 2011
    I wish to start a mobile hotdog business in Calgary. Where can I get the license and other formality for this activity? Thank you
  • Manjeet Singh said on November 21, 2011
    I want to start a barbeque shop in West Delhi to be expanded later into a restaurant. Kindly suggest me will it be advisable to start with a rented accommodation? The key recipes and sauces have already been mastered by me as a chef having experience for more than 35 years.
  • samiuddin said on March 18, 2012
    I want to start a barbeque shop in south Delhi to be expanded later into a restaurant. Kindly suggest me will it be advisable to start with a rented accommodation?
  • Branden Brown said on May 7, 2014
    Brown's BBQ Shack 1303 Green Parkway #218 Houston TX 77067
  • Alan Mullins said on July 23, 2014
    I am interested in starting a bbq catering business. Pull my smoker and set up for parties and such. How is the best way to get this started? I live in Flatwoods, KY by the way.
  • abbeyscona said on September 30, 2015
    Can you please give me some advice as I am about opening a mobile BBQ business in Lagos Nigeria.My truck is already on ground. I have a shop where I operate from but would also like to go mobile.Thanks so much as I await your response.
  • RJ Johnson said on May 7, 2016
    I have been cooking for large groups of people for many years. I'm now 63 years old if for some ungodly reason I want to start a mobile barbecue business. Catering to weddings, parties and business events.I've had many people tell me I should open up my own place but would rather do something small potatoes like the mobile grill. Am I crazy to do something like this at my age or should I go for it because I love to cook?
  • James expert adviser said on May 11, 2016
    @RJ Johnson, Thumps up for the thought. I wonder how many at your age will ever think about a business which is labor intensive again. Who knows who has what left in him/her at this age other than the person him/herself. If your body and mind permits then go for it. Do you have the strength to handle your failure? If you have then you must go for it.

    Jestin James
    Startup Biz Hub - Senior Advisor (Staff)


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