Big Fat Daddy’s is the premier backyard BBQ food vendor! Big Fat Daddy’s has been featured on Food Network’s Cooking Channel (Carnival Eats Program) and gained notoriety in 60+ publications (print and online) since it’s inception for the mouthwatering taste of the food. From our pit beef to our crab dip, Big Fat Daddy’s is the place to have catering your company party or event.
Big Fat Daddy’s is proudly operated by it’s original owner, Wayne Mark Schafer, who has made a living being a Pitmaster , and remained so successful over the years due to Wayne’s dedication not to sell or franchise his business and having only volunteer help from family, friends, and special guests as his “pit crew.”
His passionate drive started in 1981 when he and his younger brother Brian Schafer had a vision for dry rubbing meats and selling dry rubbed foods. They opened the original Big Fat Daddy’s, which was a small shack on Pit Beef Row in Baltimore. In the 90′s the pit beef stand aka “tiny restaurant” the brothers owned gained much notariety. Brian was in charge of the stand while Wayne took his show on the road to fairs and festivals. Soon Big Fat Daddy’s was featured in the New York Times & Saveur Magazine thanks to Stevhen Raichlein, who would later feature Big Fat Daddy’s in his BBQ Books.
In the mid 2000′s Wayne acquired full ownership of Big Fat Daddy’s due to Brian’s health issues and business issues. In late 2000′s, Wayne would continue pushing Big Fat Daddy’s to the next level. He ended up in Rachael Ray’s Everyday Grilling Magazine for Best in Baltimore, started Hogging Up BBQ Festivals and catered for celebrities like Ray Lewis, former NFL Linebacker of the Baltimore Ravens. In 2012 he moved operations to Manchester, PA after 30 years in Baltimore. He would then appear on Food Network for his Maryland Crab Dip!
Wayne’s original Big Fat Daddy’s “Dry Rub” is used on most things as is his five step grilling process. Currently now Big Fat Daddy’s sells food at fairs, festivals, special events and fundraisers, and does private catering events. He also hosts Pitmaster Classes, promotes BBQ festivals, products, and does special appearances and holds KCBS Certified Judge classes.
BOOKS & MAGAZINES
- Around the Panhandle Magazine
- Rachael Ray Everyday Grilling Issue
- Steven Raichlen’s BBQ USA
- Steven Raichlen’s 425 Fiery Recipes
- Saveur Magazine
- The Baltimore Sun
- The Martinsburg Journal
- 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
- Food Network’s Cooking Channel (Carnival Eats Season One)
- Great American Country (Carnival Eats Season One)
- 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
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