Wheels For Darling Nikki’s BBQ

Wheels for Darling Nikki’s BBQ | What’s better than really good BBQ? Really good BBQ… on wheels!!!

Short Summary

Hi fellow food, love, and life enthusiasts! My name is Nikki and I am the owner and chef of Darling Nikki’s BBQ, the world’s #1 female-owned/operated, vegan friendly, vaguely Prince-themed BBQ food and sauce company.  For those of you who know us already Eat A Butt! …and for those of you who don’t, Darling Nikki’s BBQ is a mobile BBQ company specializing in smoked meats, tasty treats, and real vegan eats!

In 2014 I set out to build my husband an “ugly drum smoker” as a DIY birthday present.  I spent hours on BBQ forums asking questions and researching how to build one of these things.  I painstakingly constructed the BBQ beast that would later be known as “Dorothy” in secret, hiding my efforts in my mother-in-laws backyard everyday after work. I had no idea that all my research and construction was just starting to bud into a full-fledged BBQ obsession.  

When I finally revealed the finished smoker to my husband he was ecsatic! We began our adventure of learning how to use Dorothy together.  I quickly became completely obsessed with attempting to smoke every food I could think of.  

We began a tradition of throwing two large parties a year where we would fill Dorothy to the brim with meat, get a couple cheap cases of beer, and invite everyone we knew to our small row home in Philly.  

The parties became a thing, and the BBQ got better.  The BBQ got so much better that I began booking gigs and catering events when I wasn’t working my full time job (I might have been making the shopping lists and planning while I was at work if we’re being honest…). In February 2018 I finally pulled the plug on the corporate gig and plunged headlong into BBQ full time!

In two years the amount of growth, positive feedback, regular customers, and community support we have received has been incredible.  Darling Nikki’s BBQ has been a journey we have all gone on together and now it’s time for the next chapter.  

While we have been successful working out of commissary kitchens, catering out of the back of my Honda Civic, and splurging on the occasional Uhaul rental, it is time for Darling Nikki’s to grow!  

The next step for Darling Nikki’s BBQ is to take my operation on the road alongside my traveling nurse husband.  This plan requires two things: a BBQ trailer, and a food truck. A food truck will give us the flexibility to vend daily on streets, at breweries, and to make some noise in the highly competitive food truck festival circuit.  The BBQ trailer allows us to expand our smoking capabilities, mobilize our daily prep operations, book private BBQ catering gigs, and attend nationwide BBQ competitions and festivals.

With this dream in mind we have crossed our fingers and maxed out my credit card to get started right away with our very own BBQ trailer!

 

What We Need & What You Get

My goal with this fundraiser is to raise $50K to purchase the food truck and to help pay for the trailer we already purchased on credit.  I realize that $50K is no small coin to ask for, but our ability to take out large loans as a new business, or to generate this much revenue with our current equipment is not possible. We’ve received so much love and support to get us where we are today, and I’m hoping all of our loyal followers and new fans will join us now and help get Darling Nikki’s BBQ on the road!

We have a number of super cool gifts and experiences for anyone willing to support our cause.  Check them out in the sidebar!

The Impact

Your contribution to this campaign will help put Darling Nikki’s BBQ on the map, literally!  We are incredibly passionate about our food and want others to be as well.  Having a food truck to help us deliver, serve, and market our tasty BBQ will help us shine in this dense and competitive food truck market! Once we build our following here in Philadelphia, we can pursue our true passion of taking our unique brand of BBQ nationwide!

Risks & Challenges

We understand that purchasing a food truck will not solve all of our problems or sell the food all on it’s own.  That’s why we’re asking for enough money to purchase a truck, pay for licensing/inspections, and cover some marketing costs to help us get started.  

Other Ways You Can Help

Every single dollar helps us get closer to our goal and no donation is too small.  Please share our campaign with your friends and family and let them know how passionate you are about our goals!  Connections are everything in a truly small world.  We just want to feed everyone!

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