Just thought I would let you know we did our first shin-dig this last weekend, in a 30-40 MPH wind, of course. Everything performed perfectly. It was a benefit for 4-H and even though we did it for nothing, it paid off in referrals. We were invited to set up for several horse shows and the county fair. So far I've cooked everything from hamburgers to turkey legs, and everyone has raved about the food, not to mention the fascination with the entire rig. Please feel free to give our name, phone number,etc., out as a reference, at your discretion. Your concession trailer rig performs top notch and I give it a THUMB'S UP!
In a follow-up letter several months later, here's what James had to say:
Sorry I have not contacted you sooner, however we have really been busy with our BBQ rig. We knew we were in for quite an experience with our Southern Yankee concession trailer before we even got home with it. While enroute back to Arizona we stopped at a motel in Texas, and while I was walking around the rig checking things out I was approached by a pipe line crew who wanted us to cater an event for them. I explained to the crew we had just bought the rig and we were not open for business yet. They didn't seem to care about that, all they could talk about was how much they liked the rig and they could already taste the BBQ.
Once we got home and got all our permits from the health department it was non stop cooking. I think the best way to describe our Southern Yankee concession trailer is it's a "people magnet". Combine the great looks of the rig with the aroma of BBQ emitting from the rotisserie, you better be ready to do some selling.
Speaking of health departments, in every county we have worked an event in, health department officials have shown up to inspect food vendors. The Southern Yankee BBQ trailer passes inspection every time with flying colors, and we almost always receive praise from the inspectors on how well laid out and constructed the rig is. That attitude is also reflected in comments we recieve from our customers, as they can see at a glance that the product they are buying is coming from a first class food vendor.
This season we are booked up nearly every weekend. Our return business is great. We have been invited back to every event we participated in last year, and as word has spread about the quality of food the Southern Yankee BBQ rig turns out, our business has really taken off. County fairs and other such events are real money makers. We will be returning to the Coconino County fair this year, hopefully more prepared than last year. Last year we thought we were ready, but by the second day of the fair, word had gotten around about the quality of our food and we were overwhelmed by the crowd. And that's the way it's been every since that first fair. The Southern Yankee concession trailer performs like you said it would. The demand for our BBQ is such that we are now considering expanding our business and will probably be purchasing another Southern Yankee BBQ cooker in the near future.
Thanks again for providing a quality product that is well built, performs as advertised and attracts a crowd. Also I want to thank you for answering all my questions from time to time, especially when we were first getting started.
Jim & Sharon Robertson
dba LAZY HOG BAR-B-QUE
Here's the latest update from James:
Thought I would share these photos with you. 350 pounds of
Pork Butt going on the cooker. This is the last of about 600#
were cookin up for a big show on on Tuesday. We will be serving
2,000 people at the Harley Davidson dealer near Flagstaff
on Tuesday. This is part of the H/D 100th anniversary run
to Milwauke. This dealership is the first scheduled stop for
the West coast run across I-40.
Our reputation earned us first choice as the major food vendor
for this event. Could not have done it without the Southern
We just did an event last week in Williams for the Coconino
County Cattle Growers/Farm bureau Association. We cooked 90,
14 oz. Rib-Eye steaks at one time. They were EXCELLANT! One
lady rancher said she had eatin steaks all over the country
and this steak was by far "the absolutely best steak"
she had ever had.
Better go tend the meat, hope all is well with you and your