RE: Slow Smoker BBQ business
Personally, committing 50 or more dollars for 6 months of BBQ I've never tried is a little like buying a pig in a poke. My recommendation for the catering side would be to hit all of the "taste of..." benefits and festivals you can and let people get hooked starting with a low commitment on their part. If your BBQ is good, word of mouth will spread and then you can start doing mail-order based on that reputation. If you want to get into mail-order right away you might want to hit the "food shows" to see how other people are doing it and possibly sell directly to retailers.