I am a kitchen manager for a restaurant. We are switching over to an all meat and bbq menu. I have a few questions for a pro bbq chef. Cooking schedule, contingency plans for leftovers, etc. Any advice would be helpful, thank you in advance!
BBQ restaurant question, How to schedule cooking etc... Any pro BBQ chefs on here?
As a KCBS judge and former PT Comper there are a few guys I know that have made the jump can't give much insight other than the most of these places are kinda small seems they make better lunch spots. They close on Monday but fire up the smoke that afternoon so they are there 7 days. It's not unusual for them to run out of meat, it certainly a work in progress.
as someone who competes, judges has opened BBQ restaurants for people, and also works in BBQ places, that model of selling pre smoked/cooked meats could bring you trouble.. yes, there are the big chains that do it, and some places get away with it, but in this day and age, people demand quality..holding meats for a few dasy severely diminishes the quality.... good luck with it...
We are looking to do brisket, chickens whole, st louis ribs, and pulled pork. A few sides, and a few apps.
The way I see it working is I come in at 5am and get the smoker going and schedule everything so it is ready by 5pm, brisket and pork on at the same time, then chix and ribs at the same time.
Have my prep guys handle the sides and apps, and have my cooks rock out dinner service.
If we were to re heat meat, should we steam it as opposed to flat top it?
And again thank you guys for the input.
Whatever you do, don't steam it. If you're going to reheat, try it on a clean flattop set low, around 275 and just get it warm and take it off. For me, this works better for slices rather than pulled. You need to avoid "browning" the meat. Just try putting it on for a few seconds, turning it for a few seconds (about twenty to thirty seconds in all,) and get it off the grill.
What kind of pit are you using?
on of the best business models and set ups I've seen is 12 Bones in Asheville NC, (no affiliation for the record), they have won national acclaim since 07,' they're only open from11-4+ 5 days a week, and every time I've been there they've been packed! Personally think it genius. Seems like they smoke @ night for the next day as they do turkeys as well as brisket which take along time. Agree with the others here, would NOT some en mass once or twice a week, need to fire up daily as thew smoke from your pit will be some of your best advertising! Good luck.
Looks like ill have to figure out if were opening at 3 or 11 like normal. I want to serve our guests the freshest bbq and meat, however if we do literally 10% of our business during the day I would want to have the freshest food for the dinner crowd.
Then use the leftovers the following day to add to chili or beans.