Fire up the Grill: Starting your BBQ Joint

barbequeAmericans love grilling. From Salt Lake City to Houston to Raleigh and back, people love to have some grilled chicken or steak on their plates. Barbecue is a cultural staple that it also makes a viable venture.

If you ever wanted to start a small barbeque restaurant business, from a simple hole-in-the-wall or just backyard grilling, go for it; but you need to be an informed planner. Simple love for cooking is not enough. You need to have the patience and commitment for it. Aside from those, here are the three things that you will need on your list:

Logistics and Supply Management

For starters, you need to get a grill. A gas grill is a good investment, especially if you already have the capital for it. Otherwise, you can start with just using charcoal and wood chips. This is especially advisable if you and your partners are starting with small capital.

Secondly, you can’t grill without the meat, or the food. You have to source your meat products only from the most trusted suppliers, whether it’s beef, chicken, pork, or seafood. It’s advisable to establish a good relationship with your local producers so you can get a good deal.


Launching a startup typically means you will be the one to man the grill unless you have money to hire a chef. Again, patience comes into play. If you are working with friends or partners, you need to agree on the distribution of responsibilities. Operating the grill and serving customers should be top priority. This is how businesses start anyways, so make sure you do it yourself.


Grill, cook, and serve all you like, but at the end of the day, it is a business. There is always the need for accounting. If you are a startup designed for faster growth, it would be wise to work with a company professional financial planners and accountants, such as

Starting a business is not easy. Around circles of friends, it’s easy to say ventures will be started, but it’s more than that. You have to commit time and resources to it. Keep the three factors in mind, and good luck!