23 BBQ Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

23 BBQ Business Ideas You Can Start Today [2021]

Interested in starting a bbq business in 2021?

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. Start a food truck ($18M/year)

Jeffrey Mora from Los Angeles, California, USA started Food Fleet over 9 years ago, a food truck.

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

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.

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Jeffrey Mora, on starting Food Fleet ($1,500,000/month) full story ➜

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

Monika Reti from many, USA started Hipcooks over 7 years ago, a cooking class business.

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

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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Monika Reti, on starting Hipcooks ($100,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

  • Revenue: $250,000/ month
  • Founders: 1
  • Employees: 2
  • Location: Brentwood, CA, USA

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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Ryan S Maltbie, on starting BBQGrills.com ($250,000/month) full story ➜

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

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

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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Nestor Nidome, on starting Elegante Catering ($20,000/month) full story ➜

5. Start a blogging business ($60K/year)

Chhavi Agarwal from New Delhi, Delhi, India started Mrs Daaku Studio about 3 years ago, a blogging business.

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

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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Chhavi Agarwal, on starting Mrs Daaku Studio ($5,000/month) full story ➜

6. Start a restaurant

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 ➜

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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 ➜

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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

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 ➜

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12. Start a BBQ consulting business

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 ➜

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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 ➜

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19. Start a BBQ supplies business

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 ➜

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 ➜

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23. Start a BBQ reality shows business

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 ➜

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