Here’s another tutorial on business that a lot of people look down upon but is very lucrative and highly profitable, that even you as expat/foreigner could even do while staying in the Philippines.
That is BARBEQUE STALLS!
Oh! I love that fresh sizzling smell of marinated meat being grilled and then sauced with vinegar or ketchup. Good old fashioned filipino barbeque! They are popular in fiestas, after work, dinner, lunch, or just an everyday food.
They are very easy to start as they require usually 2,000 Pesos to 5,000 pesos for the initial supply of meat and ingredients. Though, you need to have these equipments to start the barbeque business:
- Stainless Grill usable with Charcoal
- Charcoal (Either lumber coal or copra)
- Bamboo Barbeque Sticks (100 pcs)
- Plates for Grilled products.
- Container for Sauce
- Plastic Bags for take outs.
- Manual Fan (Yes, abanico would be fine or any paper Fan)
The Filipino style of grilling the barbeque is to manually fan the barbeque with an abanico or paper fan. Then you put in the meat skewered with the bamboo stick. The fire should be kindled with charcoal as to save on budget. Do not use electrical grill as they are useless in public where electricity is away and it doesn’t help your savings either. Also, you better set up already cooked barbeque products as to ensure “Buena Mano” or early customers, a quickly grilled barbeque.
So how to do a Barbeque Business? Follow the steps below for you to start your own lucrative (and delicious) barbeque business.
- Find a good location:
A nice location would be a place where the working class or local residents usually pass through such as schools, offices, market, etc.. Pretty much you could locate many barbeque stalls anywhere in Philippines due to their popularity.
- Choose your Meat or Delicacy:
In the Philippines, there’s a variety of barbequed products such as pork, beef, or chicken. But the most common meats are from Chicken and Pork. You could also offer chiken/pork intestines (isaw), chicken head (ulo), blood (betamax), chicken feet (adidas), pork ears (tenga), and pork cut meat (laman). You could choose your own variety and recipe for your marinade as this business often depends on the palate. The barbeque has to be deliciously good and well cooked.
Some stalls offer seafood barbeque but often they are seen in beaches or provinces where meat products are scarce. Hotdogs are also common to be barbequed in the Philippines so go get some of those too as they are popular with children and kids (even kids at heart).
- Choose your special sauce:
A lot of people in the philippines prefer the vinegar mixed with onions, garlic, chili, and a little amount of salt and sugar. However, some barbeque stalls have original sauce that they often keep secret to provide identity for their business from other barbeque stalls. So, you may create your own special SAUCE once you got used to the local taste due to the fact that filipino tastes and delicacies varies on location.
- Offer drinks to Sell:
Barbeque business in the Philippines will not be complete without local beverages such as Melon juice, Pineapple juice, or the all time favorite Gulaman at Sago. You can make a research on how to make them but they are very easy to do. Just remember that while you eat, you would also like something to push that down with.
In conclusion, the barbeque stall business is one of the simplest business albeit lucrative at a point. It is easy to set-up and very affordable to start. As far as permits are concerned, NOT A LOT of these barbeque stalls have permits/clearances but due to that same thing, these business will rely on “word-of-the-mouth” marketing specially for its deliciousness and cleanliness. Though, some established places in the Philippines may require permits, still, a lot of rural and urban provinces/cities in the Philippines still allow these stalls WITHOUT PERMITS. Just get your meats from a reputable market, clean it well, grill it well, and SERVE IT WELL.
Just remember, a delicious food serves the body and the soul. Hopefully, your barbeque could also be an answer for a hungry filipino appetite!