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How to Start a BBQ Catering Business

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Are you thinking of starting your own BBQ catering business? A mobile BBQ business or a BBQ business from home? If you’ve got what it takes to make delicious BBQ food (and we love a good BBQ) and you’d like to make a business out of it, there are a few things you should think about before you can really get things cooking.

Laws and Regulations

There are quite a few laws and regulations to take into account. For example, you will need to register your premises with your local Environmental Health Office, even if you’re running your BBQ business from home or on mobile premises, like a stall or van. Also, for a mobile BBQ business trading on public streets or roadsides, you’ll need to get a Street Trading Licence.

On their ‘What does the law say?’ page, the Nationwide Caterers Association (NCASS) outlines 9 legal requirements you should know about for your BBQ catering business. The NCASS also offer support to their members to make things simpler for them.

For more information about running your own catering business, take a look at this booklet from the Food Standards Agency.

Your Market

Where are you offering your BBQ services? And wherever it is, will you be offering the right kind of BBQ food to make your business more popular?

It’s usually a good idea to conduct market research of your target area, perhaps a survey, to find out what kind of food your customers will want, what sort of quality they like, and perhaps what they think is missing from BBQ catering that they would like to taste more of.

And of course, test your food out. Work on your recipes to make them as delicious as possible. Try and conduct some test marketing and get feedback on your samples. Refine your menu to suit your target market perfectly.

The Right BBQ Equipment

Of course, it’s also important to make sure your BBQ business has all the right equipment. Take a look at our range of Catering Barbecues and Catering Accessories to see what would be the most useful for your new catering business.

The beauty of a BBQ business is how popular it is, how versatile it can be, and how easily you can get into it. Just as long as you’ve got the right stuff (and the right equipment), we would highly recommend it as a business option.