23 BBQ Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

23 BBQ Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2022]

Interested in starting a bbq business in 2022?

We put together 23 of the best bbq businesses you can start in today.

For each business idea, we’ll show you real-world examples of other bbq businesses to help you see what it really takes.

Here's the full list:

1. ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 10 years ago, a business.

  • Revenue: $1,500,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 6
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, USA

Case Study

We started the food truck business in 2012.

We kept finding it very difficult to find locations to operate. We had a booker that we used to find our locations but fell short and we let her go. I took over our booking and found that most people did not want to book just one truck, not only that they were upset that most of the time the trucks didn’t show up or were late.

We learned the real need was not only helping the trucks but providing a turnkey service for the corporations. This was a game-changer for us, we were really struggling financially.

2. Start a cooking classes ($1.2M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$100,000/month
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Monika Reti from many, USA started Hipcooks over 8 years ago, a cooking classes.

  • Revenue: $100,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 8
  • Location: many, USA

Case Study

In true Hipcooks fashion: I’m not a culinary school graduate — I’m a hack! Here’s my story:

I’m first-generation American (Mom is from Germany and Dad from Argentina). My parents were young foreign students in the US and their friends were the other international students: I was a kid surrounded by people from different nationalities, like Spain, Russia, France, and the UK. I was a child foodie and loved to experience culture through food.

I caught the travel bug early, living in Argentina (studying economics in college), traveling through Europe, and moved to England for graduate school (I have a Master’s in Economics from LSE.) While in school, I cooked my way through a series of London restaurants in the gastro-boom of the ’90s, just for fun. My first job was on the West Coast, as an econometrician at the RAND Corporation.

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3. Start a bbq tools business ($6M/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$40,000 — $500,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$600
Time To Revenue
240 days
Skills
Business model

Ryan S Maltbie from Brentwood, CA, USA started BBQGrills.com over 2 years ago, a BBQ tools business.

  • Revenue: $500,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Brentwood, CA, USA

Case Study

BBQGrills.com to me is a lot more than just an internet retailer of BBQ products, it’s a lifelong dream that I’ve had my heart set on since the age of 16. Like many entrepreneurs and business owners, I watched my Father own his own business my entire life. Man, to say that I’ve garnered everything I know about respecting customers, following through and how to successfully run a business through him, would be an incredible understatement, that man single-handedly made me the business owner that I am today.

For my past 30 years of life, my Father has owned and operated one of the largest and most respected pools and landscape companies in the East Bay, Bay Area. When I was roughly 13-14 years old I started working for his company (yes, I had a workers permit from my middle school), I don’t know what it was, but this idea of being able to make $200 a week and purchase a PSP over Summer break just seemed to be so ‘easy’ for me...boy was I wrong! I still remember his workers picking me up at 4 am that morning and me being half dead with a lunch box in hand walking out.

Just like a Father would he ensured he was awake that early to witness and I’ll never forget the words he told me “welcome to the first day of the rest of your life”, man he wasn’t kidding. While that Summer sun was hot and those paychecks were nice for a 14-year-old kid, I came obsessed with watching him run his business with my own eyes. When he’d happened to show up to a job site that I was at, I’d watch the way he’d talk with his clients, how they would listen and it was almost like you could see the respect being distributed, I loved that! It was right then that I knew, “that's what I want”.

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4. Start a catering business ($240K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$3,750 — $20,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$500
Time To Revenue
180 days
Skills
Business model

Nestor Nidome from Crestmore, California, USA started Elegante Catering ago, a catering business.

  • Revenue: $20,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 10
  • Location: Crestmore, California, USA

Case Study

For as long as I can remember I have always been attracted to the idea of being a business owner. I’ve tried many businesses starting with my own DJ company. I got some business cards, printed them at Staples, passed them out, and waited for the calls.

It took a bit of time, but eventually, the calls started to come in and bookings started to happen. I did that for a couple of years until one of the DJ gigs some gangsters got into it and I was almost in the middle of a gang fight. Thank GOD things calmed down, but after that, I started looking for another business!

During this same time, the whole tech bubble was growing and I wanted a part of it. I took some coding classes in college and started using HTML to code my website from scratch. I kind of borrowed a lot of ideas from Yahoo but it was going to be mainly focused on my local city. I visited some businesses and got some of them to advertise. Things seemed to be going well when the bubble burst and I was once more left to venture out and look for something else.

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5. Start a blog ($60K/year)

How Much Can You Make?
$400 — $160,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$2,721
Time Commitment Per Week
Min. 5 hours/week
Skills
Interests

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 4 years ago, a blog.

  • Revenue: $5,000/ month
  • Founders: 2
  • Employees: 3
  • Location: New Delhi, Delhi, India

Case Study

I am a licensed attorney in India and right after my master’s in law, I started working with a leading company as a lawyer. I worked there for about two years before I quit my job to become more location independent.

Choose a niche in whatever you start. It is critical for streamlining your efforts and make money.

My job paid me well but I worked 12 hours a day, I was exhausted by the end of each day, spent my weekends sleeping and I almost quit the things I liked to do - for example, sketching, yoga, traveling, etc.

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6. Start a restaurant

How Much Can You Make?
$83,400 — $61,650,000/month
Average Initial Investment
$5,000
Skills

Examples of a successful restaurant:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a restaurant:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a restaurant ➜

Case Study

Hi, I’m Andrei Calinescu and I am the Founder and CEO of One Life Meals.

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7. Start a charcoal supplying business

Examples of a successful charcoal supplying business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a charcoal supplying business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a charcoal supplying business ➜

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8. Start a BBQ talk shows business

Examples of a successful BBQ talk shows business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ talk shows business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ talk shows business ➜

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9. Start a mini trade fair business

Examples of a successful mini trade fair business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a mini trade fair business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a mini trade fair business ➜

10. Start a BBQ equipment consignment shop business

Examples of a successful BBQ equipment consignment shop business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ equipment consignment shop business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ equipment consignment shop business ➜

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11. Start a BBQ cookbook business

How Much Can You Make?
$62,000 — $600,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful BBQ cookbook business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ cookbook business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ cookbook business ➜

Case Study

Hi - I’m Jeremy Hendon, one of the co-founders of Nourishing Brands (a direct-to-consumer media company that operates popular sites like KetoSummit.com). My wife and I started the company just over 5 years ago to help people make the transition to eating a healthy diet easier and way more delicious.

Today, our main products are cookbooks (both digital and physical) and challenges and courses centered around various diets. To provide a bit of context, we sold over 300,000 cookbooks in 2020 alone. But our first really successful product in late 2016 was the Keto Summit, a digital summit with over 30 Keto experts.

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12. Start a BBQ consulting business

How Much Can You Make?
Skills

Examples of a successful BBQ consulting business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ consulting business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ consulting business ➜

Case Study

My name is Brett Lindenberg and I started the mobile food entrepreneurship blog FoodTruckEmpire.com out of my one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul, Minnesota back in 2014. The first ever podcast recorded for the blog was with a hot dog vendor I found on YouTube. Fast forward to 2019 and I’ve now done over 100 interviews with food entrepreneurs.

In 2018, the website averaged $5,400 monthly. The website now gets over 300,000 page views monthly, has an email subscriber list of over 35,000 and continues to grow. We’ve been quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine, CNBC, and other media outlets over the years.

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13. Start a BBQ TV shows business

Examples of a successful BBQ TV shows business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ TV shows business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ TV shows business ➜

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14. Start a BBQ stand and accessories suplies business

Examples of a successful BBQ stand and accessories suplies business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ stand and accessories suplies business:

Learn more about starting a BBQ stand and accessories suplies business ➜

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15. Start a BBQ stand production business

Examples of a successful BBQ stand production business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ stand production business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ stand production business ➜

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16. Start a BBQ contests business

Examples of a successful BBQ contests business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ contests business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ contests business ➜

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17. Start a BBQ awards organization business

Examples of a successful BBQ awards organization business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ awards organization business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ awards organization business ➜

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18. Start a specialty sauces business

Examples of a successful specialty sauces business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a specialty sauces business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a specialty sauces business ➜

Case Study

The company actually started while I was working in my restaurant, Burrito Madness. You can see the crazy theme that runs between the two ventures. At Burrito Madness we had way too much free time, so I played with hot sauces. I discovered Chileheads, people who loved all things chile and could handle super hot heat, and I also was consistently irritated by drunk patrons. With both in mind, I went on a personal mission to create the world’s hottest sauce.

While running the same business for 28 years involves periods of excitement and engagement and periods that feel like work, I am incredibly grateful for the success and know that luck definitely plays a part. I have come to appreciate the financial rewards, the awards and consumer feedback, and instances where there was a challenge that was overcome equally. I have come to learn that I am a competent business person and manager but am really more passionate about and excel at ideation and problem-solving.

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19. Start a BBQ supplies business

How Much Can You Make?
$75,000 — $333,333/month
Skills

Examples of a successful BBQ supplies business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ supplies business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ supplies business ➜

Case Study

My name is Michael “Medium Rare” O’Donnell and I’m the owner of Cave Tools and Grill Master University.

In 2017, we were ranked as the 3rd fastest growing company in Philadelphia and in 2018 we were ranked as the #453 fastest growing company on the Inc. 5000 list.

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20. Start a herb and spice superstore business

Examples of a successful herb and spice superstore business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a herb and spice superstore business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a herb and spice superstore business ➜

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21. Start an outdoor cooking store business

Examples of a successful outdoor cooking store business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a outdoor cooking store business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting an outdoor cooking store business ➜

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22. Start a barbecue stand business

Examples of a successful barbecue stand business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a barbecue stand business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a barbecue stand business ➜

23. Start a BBQ reality shows business

How Much Can You Make?
$75,000/month
Skills

Examples of a successful BBQ reality shows business:

Here are some great videos on how to get started with a BBQ reality shows business:

For further info, check out these books and products:

Learn more about starting a BBQ reality shows business ➜

Case Study

My name is Jeffrey Krentzman and The BBQ Cleaner was born in 2009. After cleaning BBQ grills in Northern New Jersey for the previous four years with our unique system, we felt fully confident we could show people in other markets how to replicate the same success we had. We were right! Now with over 240 locations across the United States, we are the largest and only successful grill cleaning business opportunity on the market.

We use the Ovenu system which has been used around the world successfully in 11 countries over 3 continents. We fill a large demand for people looking to get their grills cleaned and this system makes it easy to do, delivering a staggering 99% and higher customer satisfaction rate. So many locations are either making over 6 figures or have expanded into multi-unit locations just to keep up with the customer demand!

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