Pay It Forward – Barbecue By Biasotti

I am happy to present to you our tenth local business spotlighted in the Pay it Forward feature – Barbecue By Biasotti.

Our recent Lake County business featured was Caitlin Andrus, owner of Oak Boutique, who chose to Pay it Forward to Tim Biasotti, owner of Barbecue By Biasotti.

The catch is that I will not choose the next business to interview, but the current spotlighted business will choose who I will interview next. Local businesses will Pay it Forward.

Barbecue By Biasotti is a locally owned and operated barbecue establishment that caters to and supports our local community – they will soon be opening a restaurant in Middletown! Barbecue By Biasotti (BBB) earned the Best BBQ & Catering award in the Best of Lake and Mendocino contest. Tim Biasotti of BBB has a mission to bring joy to as many people as possible through excellent food, friendly service, and a family atmosphere. Nothing makes BBB happier than seeing the smile on a customer’s face. According to them, that’s the best part of working hard and making good food.  

1. Why did you decide to start your own business? 

I worked in education my whole adult life (16 years). I worked as a behavior interventionist, in special education, coached, reffed, volunteered for every sport offered and a few more positions. Service to kids in my community was my passion, making the area I grew up in a better place for all. However, with some life changes, both good and bad, building something for my family and me was important to me. Now, I’ve actually had the opportunity to serve more community members with my business model and I love it. 

2. How do you deal with fear and doubt?

This can be a hard one. It can eat away at the strongest person. I had some people very close to me say I was crazy for leaving a steady paycheck, retirement and all benefits for an unknown. While they are not exactly wrong, that’s what motivates me and pushes me to go harder. I try every day to outwork any fear, doubt or naysayers. Also, having two beautiful children is a good motivator to keep pushing. (:

3. How does your business look different now vs. when you first started? 

Some things have stayed the same, some things have changed. We first started doing side jobs for friends and people we knew. Once word got out, things started moving really quickly and I knew I had to give it up or start taking things seriously. We had our business license in less than a year’s time. We were booked every weekend for weddings, parties, anniversaries, memorial services, concerts, and much more. You name it, we have probably done it.

In the beginning, we tried to work every public event we could fit into our schedule as a way to build a customer base and give people a chance to try out our food. It was all hands on deck, rain or shine. Since we are family-run, our son had to tag along to most events. We have pictures of him at more events than I can count. 

The hard work of that first year really paid off. We opened our catering business and in the same year, we were named Best BBQ and Catering in the Best of Lake and Mendocino Contest. Growing so much so quickly, we were really forced to expand and we soon will be opening the doors to our restaurant in Middletown. Our catering services will continue to be a big part of our business.

As I mentioned, playing part in our community is a passion and we will not give that up. Our participation in public events, however, will have to slow down since we will be working at our restaurant. 

4. How do you set your business apart from others in your industry? 

Food has always been something I enjoyed. I enjoyed eating, reading about food, watching videos and learning about cultures and the vibes food can bring. Good food brings people together. Food is more than food to me, it is culture, it is a vibe. Our food brings the vibe wherever we go. We are more than food.

We also do everything homemade. From our sauces and dressing down to the croutons in the salad, it’s all BBB recipes. Since we are small and make everything in-house, our menu is more limited than many other restaurants; however, what we may lack in options, we definitely make up for in flavor. 

5. What is the hardest part of being an entrepreneur? 

My background and training is in education, so learning how to run a business and how the food industry works in such a short period of time has been a challenge. It feels like the paperwork is never-ending, and there’s always the worry that I’m not doing things properly. Now that I’m opening a restaurant, there are even more hoops to jump through, and I’m learning that things run on other people’s timelines.

New businesses have a failure rate of I believe 80% and I imagine that in the food industry that is very accurate. There are so many moving parts to keep track of and it can be really overwhelming. 

The other challenging part about being an entrepreneur is the investment you have to make in yourself and your dream. It takes a lot of time and money to get things up and running, as well as a lot of help from friends and loved ones. Although we try to be strategic about all of our business decisions, there is a lot of risk involved, and we have all made sacrifices to get BBB to where it is today. There have been many times I have done five jobs in two days or a couple of large jobs that serve 1,000 people. When these jobs come along or stack up, it is not uncommon to work 18-20 hour days multiple days in a row. 

6. What is your favorite part of being an entrepreneur? 

I enjoy learning and being a role model to my children. I hope to inspire others who thought their wildest dreams couldn’t come true. And most of all, having the ability to adjust my schedule (at times) to spend time with my family.

7. If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? 

If this was for me I would say somewhere overseas, probably Italy. They have a rich history with food and I would love to learn more about it. But, being a family man of two kids, now it’s about them… Let’s do Disney World – my boy loves him some Mickey!

Tim Biasotti – Owner Barbecue By Biasotti 


21208 Calistoga Rd. Middletown CA 95461


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Tim is Paying it Forward to Jon Martin and Nick Hough– owner of Stitched Designs. 

Stay tuned for Stitched Designs! 

Lori Armstrong

Lori began her career in the legal field, leaving that position to pursue full-time writing endeavors. Being a criminal court reporter for the Record-Bee, she balances the chaos in her brain by writing children's books and reflective pieces. When time allows, she publishes books for Amazon.

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