Big Fat Daddy’s smokes it up at Fairs and Festivals!
Big Fat Daddy’s Wayne M. Schafer is your Premier food vendor for events, fairs, festivals and catering events. Celebrating three decades of grilling it up from his pit to your tummy! From his famous pit beef to Wayne’s yummy crab dip, Big Fat Daddy’s is the place to have at your fair, festival, catering your company party or event.
Wayne Mark Schafer with Brother Brian-Deceased, 8/29/14
Big Fat Daddy’s is proudly operated by it’s original owner, Wayne Mark Schafer, who has made a living being a Pitmaster, doing what he loves. Wayne’s passion started not with beef but learning all aspects of the food business.
Lack of babysitters had his mother toting him to work at age 6 to Baltimore’s famous Squires Restaurant. Soon Wayne was learning how to make sauces and soups at age 5, and gourmet omelets at home by age 6 .
By 14, he was running his parent’s weekend concessions business on top of being a line cook at Chipparelli’s. By high school he had made Night Chef in Towson’s prestigious Pine Ridge Inn (now defunct).It was during these days he made the decision to start his own concessions business (quitting his parents) and selling traditional fair food under the name “J&W Foods”. During these early years is when Wayne sought a replacement for the beef used with a traditional cheesesteak and started experimenting with cuts of beef. From top round to bottom round he began dry rub marination process which would allow him to sear and grilling his meat over hardwood heats and high temperatures, (but keep the flavors locked in.) A few years later, his daughter Liz called him “her big fat daddy” and eventually Wayne would adapt the name Big Fat Daddy’s.
THE 90’s EARLY SUCCESS
Soon he would partner with baby brother Brian into a pit beef restaurant on Route 40 called “Big Fat Daddy’s Famous Pit Beef.” Wayne and Brian soon found brothers can’t always work together, so they operated separately — Brian in charge of the stand while Wayne took his show on the road.
Soon Big Fat Daddy’s was featured in the New York Times & Saveur Magazine thanks to writings of Steven Raichlen, who would later feature Big Fat Daddy’s dry rub in his BBQ Books. During this time their “got beef?®” memorabilia started.
THE 2000’s BREAK UP & REINVENTION
The stand closed in the early 2000’s, and Wayne’s vision for the company he founded was different combined with Brian experiencing health issues, and so in 2003 he urged Brian to sell rights over. By 2006 Wayne had acquired sole ownership and came up with a different game plan. In 2008-2009, he reinvented Big Fat Daddy’s again, focusing on social media. He soon was hanging @BigFatDaddys twitter signs everywhere he went.
A NEW ERA 2010+
Wayne would continue pushing Big Fat Daddy’s to the next level socially yet keeping it small time, with the help of wife and friends and family who have an enjoyment for the art of barbecue. Big Fat Daddy’s was then in Rachael Ray’s Everyday Grilling Magazine (2010) highlighting Maryland’s Beef. His famous “All You Can Eat” catering landed him events for Ray Lewis, former NFL Linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens before his retirement. In 2012 he moved operations to Manchester, PA after almost three decades in Baltimore.
Soon he would start Hogging Up BBQ Festivals (2013) to raise money for local charities in the area which he did his first fair (Winchester, VA) . Wayne was featured on Food Network’s Carnival Eats (2014) program for his Maryland Crab Dip, and was inducted into the Southern Food and Beverage Museum’s Trail of Smoke and Fire for his contributions to Baltimore’s Barbecue. For 2015. Wayne opened up his facility for a special one year public Factory Tour, by appointment only and is scaling down events.
Wayne’s original Big Fat Daddy’s “Dry Rub” is used on most things as is his five step grilling process which allows him to put out fresh cooked food in a hurry at fairs and festivals, but keeps the flavor sealed in.
Wayne rarely competes due to lack of time and sticks to his method of grilling and smoking which has gotten him his own fame. He uses a Myron Mixon MMS-48 when cooking for himself. He does organize KCBS Hogging Up BBQ Festivals and is a Lifetime Member of the KCBS.
CLICK THE PIG TO SEE OUR CREDENTIALS!
- “Trail of Smoke and Fire” Permanent Exhibit – Southern Food and Beverage Museum, New Orleans LA
BOOKS & MAGAZINES, E-BOOKS OR REPRINT
- PRINT Around the Panhandle Magazine 2014
- PRINT Around the Panhandle Magazine May – June 2013
- ONLINE Around the Panhandle Article May 2013
- PRINT Rachael Ray Everyday Grilling Issue 2010
- WHERE ARE YOU? FLORIDA MAGAZINE 2008
- ONLINE Saveur Magazine Spotlight 2007
- EBOOK Steven Raichlen’s BBQ USA 425 Fiery Recipes Ebook
- PRINT Steven Raichlein’s BBQ USA 425 Fiery Recipes Paperback, Publication 2003
- ONLINE Stuff Magazine Top 10 BBQ Poll 2000 (link removed)
- PRINT Saveur Magazine Full Article Sept/Oct 1999
- Warren County Report 2014
- Frederick County Report 2014
- The Martinsburg Journal 2014
- PRINT Frederick News Post 2013
- ONLINE Frederick News Post 2013
- PRINT South Jersey Media NJ.com / New Jersey Daily September 2012 (Archived)
- PRINT EDITION The Winchester Star July 2013
- ONLINE The Winchester Star Online July 2013
- PRINT NV Daily Entertainment June 28, 2013
- PRINT Winchester Star June 27, 2013
- ONLINE Winchester Star Online Edition June 27th
- PRINT South Jersey Media NJ.com / New Jersey Daily September 2012 (Archived)
- PRINT The Trentonian October 9, 2009
- PRINT Northern Virginia Daily August 2009 Healthy Foods at the Fair
- PRINT The Baltimore Sun, Iconic Foods 2008
- ONLINE The Baltimore Sun, Iconic Foods 2008
- PRINT The LA Times July 2008
- ONLINE The LA Times July 2008
- ONLINE New York Times RW Apple supposedly visited us, yet we were no longer there! Circa 2003
- PRINT Baltimore City Paper Sept 2001
- ONLINE Baltimore City Paper September 2001
- PRINT Allentown Morning Call August 8, 2001
- ONLINE Morning Call August 2001 Big Fat Daddy’s (Archived)
- PRINT Baltimore City Paper Eats August 2000
- ONLINE Baltimore City Paper Three from the Pits August 2000
- PRINT Pit Beef Piled High, Contra Costa Times (Walnut) July 2000
- PRINT The New York Times June 28, 2000
- ONLINE New York Times June 2000
- PRINT The Baltimore Sun, Sept 1984 Maryland Section
RADIO or TV APPEARANCES or INTERVIEWS
- TV SHOW Food Network’s Cooking Channel (Carnival Eats Season One 2014)
- TV SHOW Great American Country (Carnival Eats Season One 2014)
- RADIO Say Yes to Eduction 1250 AM radio York (Aug 2013)
- TV FEATURE TV3 Winchester (2013)
- RADIO Interview WINC 92.5 FM Interview with Barry Lee (2013)
- RADIO Interview- WRNR AM 740 Talk Radio Martinsburg, WV (2013)
- TV New Jersey Media Sept 2009
- RADIO 100.7 The Bay Radio 2010
- TV WHSV Fox News Virginia (July 2009)
- TV WGAL PA News Interview 2005-2006 Jubilee
- TV WJLA News DC/Virginia (various)
- TV WJZ Baltimore News (Coverage of Towsontowne Festival various thru 2005 )
- RADIO MORNING SHOW 98 ROCK WIYY Baltimore (1999)
AND THE 90+ BLOGS AND WEBSITES !!!
We thank each and every one of you for the kinds words over the years! From advertising Wayne’s food to asking for social media advice, or highlighting our events, we are extremely grateful!
Random Selections: (Click on photos to read…)
ADDITIONAL WEBSITES & BLOG MENTIONS (THANK YOU!)
Bell Socialization 2011, 2012 , Articles Base (Recipe) Nov 2010, Baltimore Pit Beef History: Best Pit Beef Caterer 2010 , Joy Turner Food Source 2011, Barbeque Junkie, Ira Mency Blog, Joe Ganci Blog 2009 , Trashy Travels Places to Hit in Baltimore 2003, E-Teachers, Newsvine , Storify, Etsy, and all the sites and kind blogs that gave us additional publicity for our Hogging Up BBQ Festivals: Jamsphere Review Indie Video Music Stars Independent Music News Soundlooks Music Journal Top Food News Music Blogs May 2013 News 4 Us April 2013
ADDITIONAL THANK YOU
Thank you also to early press given to us from Yahoo Voices & Associated Content Community (which is now defunct) and our contributions on various research articles such as this one Contributor: How to BBQ with Propane January 2012
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