What equipment do you need in a BBQ Restaurant? 


A BBQ restaurant is an American great. It’s the perfect place for anyone who loves the sweet taste of ribs, pulled pork and smokey wings, alongside some ‘slaw, hush puppies and fries. 

Setting up and running your own BBQ restaurant needn’t be a stress. To help you set up the perfect BBQ kitchen, we’ve written this blog, outlining the equipment setup we’d recommend and why… 


Creating light hush puppies, mashed potatoes and the perfect slaw in large quantities can be back-breaking, time-consuming work by hand. A good quality planetary mixer makes short work of them though. We recommend the Doyon 20 Quart General Purpose Planetary Mixer EM20. It’s a high quality, good value machine that will last for years and save you hours each and every week.  


A good BBQ is only as good as its broiler. We love the Star Heavy Duty Ultra-Max® Radiant Gas Charbroiler 8136RCBB, which is large, hard wearing and simple to use. 

For that all important BBQ sauce and the best pulled pork, you will need a good oven range, one that gives you control and the power to get things done, without worry. We recommend the Garland Gas 6 Burner Oven X Series Restaurant Range X36-6R.  It’s made from the best materials, has simple controls and a great oven that will keep going, no matter what. 


Refrigeration is, of course, vital to any foodservice business. But in a live kitchen, the right setup is incredibly important to its success too.  

We recommend having an undercounter fridge by your production station. This gives you quick access to the ingredients you need when an order comes in. Pair this with larger refrigeration elsewhere in the kitchen. This allows you to keep a good level of stock and reduce your dependence on daily deliveries. 

For the workstation unit, we recommend the Delfield 24″ Two Door Undercounter/Worktable Refrigerator GUR24P-S, which has a lot of space inside for a small unit. For the larger storage we recommend the Delfield Reach-In One Door Refrigerator GBR1P-S and the Delfield One Door Reach-In Freezer GBF1P-S. All three Delfield units are made from the best stainless steel, with front-vented compressors to help efficiency. The reach-ins  have top vents, which again helps to reduce the amount of energy you use, saving dollars every month. 

Every restaurant also needs a reliable ice machine, and, more importantly, one which can hold enough ice to deal with a hot, busy session! The Koolaire 330lbs Half Ice Kube Machine with Bin KYT-0300A is the perfect unit for this very problem. It has lots of storage in a small footprint made with the best materials to ensure a long and productive life! 


The food produced by a BBQ restaurant can be incredibly tasty – but cooking it can create a lot of mess! This is why using a cheap dishwasher can result in big problems for a small to medium sized business. Put too much pressure on a cheap, small dishwasher and the results will not be pretty.

Dishes back up, plates come out of the machine dirty and the machine will break down more often. This is all because it’s not built to withstand the amount of washes it has to do day-after-day. 

This is why we advise BBQ restaurants to invest in a good quality door-type dishwasher. They can deal with the toughest situations, thanks to top quality motors and drain pumps. A great example of this is the Meiko Door Type Dishwasher DV 80.2. It’s precision engineered to provide the best wash every time, day after day, year after year. 


When you are running a great BBQ restaurant, you don’t want to worry about your kitchen setup. It should do what you need and help you be more efficient and serve more customers. By creating this simple setup with the right foodservice equipment, you’ll find it becomes easier to do what you love, really really well.

If you’d like to see a visual representation of the setup listed above, along with the opportunity to rent it all with just one click, follow the link here.