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  • Location: McKinney, TX
Adding BBQ sandwiches to your offerings Sun, 09/22/13 7:42 PM (permalink)
1)  Even though I have owned franchised fast food, I am not expert in any way in your business.  In fact, I know just enough about the food business to make me "dangerous".
2)  I have absolutely no pecuniary - or other - interest in any business/product I mention below.
Elsewhere in this forum I have read about folks buying ready-made BBQ off the shelves at Costco or Sam's, then heating it and serving it.  For the most part that stuff is usually way over sauced, cloyingly sweet, and dreadfully expensive for someone trying to make a buck serving it.
The owner of this place told me that the BBQ I so enjoy there in fact comes in 5# tubs from his wholesaler.  All he does is "heat & serve" - and go to the bank!  After a bit more research I chased down the wholesaler's source.
The variety I like is the Eastern Carolina-style chopped pork.  That may not be to everyone's taste.  No problem, they have both chopped and pulled pork in your choice of the various sauces: vinegar-based, mustard-based, tomato-based sweet, & "Texas".  They also offer the same variety of choices with beef.
How do you get it?  That's up to you.  You can go to the manufacturer directly via their site or ask your jobber (Sam's Club is especially cooperative in such endeavors) to get it for you.  The latter may even be less expensive than going direct. 
I'd start by buying a small, consumer-sized retail quantity of each variety and let your customers tell you what they would like on a regular basis.  Surely this will vary by region.
If you do decide on the Carolina styl - pulled or chopped - here is the "boss sauce" to go with it.  They also sell and ship it in cases with four one-gallon jugs, but try a pint bottle first! 
I hope some of you will find this helpful.
<message edited by MetroplexJim on Mon, 09/23/13 9:16 AM>
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