BBQ Talk With Jim!

OK, so I didn’t have a ‘Snappy Lead’ to start off this Blog post and to be honest, I don’t have a clear ‘subject body’ in mind either.  BUT…then again, I’m a Pitmaster and NOT a Journalist! 🙂  So…bear with me and hopefully you’ll find some useful info in the following paragraphs!

First of all and as usual, THANKS for taking a few moments out of your day to read my musings!  This Blog is great because it gives me the freedom to ramble on about all kinds of BBQ stuff that may be of value to the ‘Company’, but more importantly…it lets me ‘open up’ a bit and expound on things that just can’t be put on the website or fit into 140 characters.  Today, it’s a mashup of business and ‘general’ BBQ stuff!

I am HAPPY to report that I am NOT a politician and I don’t think that I can be blamed for the Dysfunction in DC…BUT I can do something about it!  To that end, we have departed from our typical ‘one sale per year’ rule and for the last nearly two weeks, we’ve been running our (hopefully) ONE and ONLY “Sequestration Sale”!  Which means that if you’ve got an event planned for 2013 and are looking to add some ‘Real Deal’, Wood-Smoked BBQ Catering from a company that knows how to make your event REALLY TASTY and even more special…you’ve got TWO MORE DAYS to save 5% off the total tab!  SO…E-Mail me (Jim@GreatQ4U.com), visit our Online Booking Interest page (http://www.greatq4u.com/Event_Booking_Interest.html) or give us a call at 717-254-1937 to lock in your savings SOON!

Always good to start off with savings, huh?  Well…speaking about savings here goes my next topic!  You Get What You Pay ForI know that I have typed those words on more than one occasion here, but they are especially relevant this year!  With the Economy still recovering and the impact of all this ‘political gridlock’…we are, like everyprotein-festival.jpg other business, feeling the pinch!  In the past 18 months we have seen increases in the costs of EVERYTHING from our Meats and Produce to Office Supplies and YES the crazy cost of diesel to feed the trucks!  We are also keenly aware that our customers are feeling the pinch too!  There are a LOT of ways to address the need to make a profit in order to stay in business and one way that we simply WON’T do this is to change the QUALITY of our meals by using cheaper product or buying in bulk and freezing stuff…it’s just not how we roll! :o)

We ARE making a few changes to address the current economic conditions and our need to put food on our OWN table as well and here’s a preview of a few of them:

  • We have DECREASED our per person cost on ALL of our most popular menu options!  While we always suggest that you have us provide a (no obligation) written Estimate for your event, these lower prices are reflected in the Suggested Menu Options in our online brochure, which you can find here: http://www.greatq4u.com/uploads/GreatQ4U_Brochure_with_Menu_Prices_10-12.pdf
  • We are working hard to develop menus and products that better serve the needs of ALL our customers or potential customers.  A few examples are our NEW ‘Chuckwagon Style’ Partys for smaller groups (http://www.greatq4u.com/Chuckwagon_Partys.php) and our VERY Affordable ‘BBQ Party Package’ Deals which save you money by providing a set menu that we deliver hot off the smokers straight to you…no shortcuts here, just GREAT BBQ! (http://www.greatq4u.com/BBQ_Party_Packages.html)
  • Whole Hogs…if you’ve EVER contacted us in the past regarding our North Carolina style Pig Pickin’s…you know that because of our cooking process and equipment…it costs a heck of a LOT more for us to bring the Big Smoker to you and cook a hog ‘Low & Slow’ over wood smoke.  SO…unless you REALLY want an Authentic ‘Pig Pickin’ experience, we usually refer to other folks who cook faster and at higher heat over Charcoal.  NOT anymore!  We are in the process of adding the equipment we need to cook hogs more cost effectively and maintain the same quality that you’ve come to expect from us…SO bring it on!  If you want a Rotisserie roasted hog with a great tasting ‘Wood Smoked’ flavor…we’ve got you covered and are HAPPY to provide a written Estimate for whatever type of service that you’d like!
  • GreatQ4U! ‘Regulars’ know that we have always had a strong commitment to preparing everything we serve by hand, ‘to order’ for your events!  No ‘batch cooking’ and then splitting it up around here!  We are strongly committed to sourcing products locally and supporting local farms and businesses and that commitment continues, BUT…there are a LOT of folks out there making GREAT products that we don’t currently offer…and we’re planning on ADDING their stuff to our menus!  Just TWO examples of this are the fine folks at S. Wallace Edwards in Surry, Virginia and Meyer’s Elgin Sausage Company in Elgin, TX!  Edwards can trace their heritage all the way back to the original Jamestown settlement and they KNOW how to cure and smoke the HOG!  Meyer’s claims to have the BEST WURST in Texas and we simply agree!  Look for those and more additions to our menus to add more variety and value for our customers!

OK, that’s about enough typing for one morning!  I guess the ‘Take Away’ from all this rambling is that we are here for YOU!  We know that times are tough and we’re taking steps to deal with it!  We WILL NOT EVER sacrifice our quality or process to make more money!  SO…if you’re having an event this year and you’re looking for an Experienced Caterer with nearly 10 years of experience to deliver ‘Real Deal’, Wood-Smoked BBQ to you…we’re a pretty good choice!  Check us out and don’t hesitate to call if we can help in any way! 717-254-1937 or online at www.GreatQ4U.com

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