Big Fat Daddy’s is proudly operated by it’s original owner, Wayne Mark Schafer, who has made a living being a Pitmaster. Big Fat Daddy’s has remained so successful over the years due to Wayne’s dedication not to sell or franchaise his business. He’s got a passionate drive in being a die hard entrepreneur who had a vision for dry rubbing meats and keeping fair food healthier, tastier, and high end quality over thirty years ago. . Although we had a restaurant once in Baltimore, now Big Fat Daddy’s only sells food at fairs, festivals, and does private catering events. Learn more about our pit crew here.
Big Fat Daddy’s has gained notoriety in 60+ publications (print and online) since it’s inception over thirty years ago for the mouthwatering taste of the food. A special dry rub seasoning is used in addition to a special method of grilling in deep open pit smokers Wayne designs and makes himself. Add that to a blend of hardwood aromas and hefty portions.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
- Around the Panhandle Magazine
- Rachael Ray Everyday Grilling Issue
- Steven Raichlen’s BBQUSA
- Steven Raichlen’s 425 Fiery Recipes
- Saveur Magazine
- The Baltimore Sun
- The Baltimore City Paper
- Frederick News Post
- South Jersey Media
- The Trentonian
- Northern Virginia Daily
- The Winchester Star
- Contra Costa Times
- The LA Times
- The New York Times
- Allentown Morning Call
RADIO or TV or INTERVIEWS
- WJZ Baltimore News
- WJLA News DC/Virginia
- WGAL PA News
- WHSV Fox News Virginia
- TV3 Winchester
- 100.7 the Bay Radio
- 98 ROCK WIYY Baltimore
KING OF THE FAIR
Wayne travels 50,000 miles per year on most weekends from May through October selling his famous BACKYARD BBQ MENU at fairs, festivals in MD, VA, PA, NJ, and DE. He’s been known to go to other festivals by invitation and travels from 50000 to 100000 miles per year. Rachael Ray’s Everyday Grilling issue selected Big Fat Daddy’s for Maryland’s pick in the July 2010 issue. Only a few months later, Wayne would move operations to Manchester, PA after thirty years in Baltimore. He is not open to the public. Big Fat Daddy’s has a state inspected and licensed kitchen facility and catering office in PA, and Big Fat Daddy’s is Serv-Safe certified.
He has catered for a long list of celebrity clients including former Ravens NFL Linebacker Ray Lewis on more than one occasion. Select Baltimore restaurants used him for their Christmas parties for over fifteen years. Check to see if he’s available to do your catering event.
Wayne is a “Pitmaster” by trade and a self taught chef. Wayne is a lifetime member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society, and a member of the Mid Atlantic Barbeque Association though he rarely competes. He is organizer of the KCBS Hogging Up Festival in Winchester Virginia. He loves all things barbecue, even went to Myron Mixon’s home for cooking school--though he does not compete.
THREE DECADES OF BARBEQUE
Wayne conceptually started Big Fat Daddy’s in 1982, and his first newspaper appearance was at a fair in 1984 (Baltimore Sun). Soon after, he would partner with brother Brian to open “Big Fat Daddy’s Famous Pit Beef” in Baltimore in the mid 1990′s. The brothers would operate separately but together. (You can read his story about these Pit Beef Row days on his blog). Big Fat Daddy’s gained much notoriety for it’s version of Baltimore’s BBQ — a thin sliced “it” beef cooked low and slow and having been dry rub marinated with their famous recipe (Recipe published in the NY Times.) Wayne took the show officially on the road after the restaurant closed, and acquired full ownership of Big Fat Daddy’s in the mid 2000′s. He is celebrating 31 years of owner-operation in 2013.
Wayne does not publicize his route due to the competitive nature of food vending, but he can be found Tweeting, Blogging, Tumbling or using Instagram. Wayne founded and will appear at the Hogging Up BBQ and Music Festival to be held in Winchester, Virginia last weekend of June each year and will raise money for different charities. For 2013, it’s for CancerCare (Donation link ) and the Local Winchester Exchange Club (100% alcohol proceeds). Each year for the past two decades, he partners with Bell Socialization Services in York, Pennsylvania to raise money for their organization and shelter. You can find him and his family selling food every Mother’s Day at the Olde York Street Fair to help raise money for the Shelter.
Schafer resides in Baltimore with his wife Cindy. He still has ties to the Baltimore community. Wayne created and provided the Anna Stickel Memorial Scholarship for Kenwood High School in Baltimore for 2 years in honor of the teen, whom he never met. He is a Ravens fan and addicted to Twitter, and all things barbecue.
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