Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
Restaurant information
Slogan “We Speak Barbecue”
Established 1941 (1941)
Food type Barbecue
Dress code Casual
Website www.dickeys.com

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a family-owned American barbecue restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas.[1][2][3][4] Travis Dickey established the restaurant in 1941.[5] Roland Dickey Jr. serves as Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s CEO.[6][7] The restaurant is the largest barbecue franchise in the United States.[8]


In 1941, Travis Dickey founded Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas.[5] The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[9][10] Roland Dickey was appointed CEO of the restaurant chain in 1999.[11] Technomic named Dickey’s Barbecue Pit the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country” in 2012.[12] That year, QSR Magazine included Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on its list of "Best Franchise Deals."[13]

In 2014, the restaurant was named a “Top 10 Growth Chain” by Nation’s Restaurant News for the third consecutive year.[14][15] Dickey’s Barbecue Pit established its Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation, a charity foundation for law enforcement officers and firefighters, in November 2014.[16] Fast Casual included the restaurant on its list of “Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Restaurants” in May 2014.[17]


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a fast-casual restaurant that serves beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, barbecue honey ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken.[5][9][18] The restaurant chain smokes its meat on-site over hickory wood-burning pits.[19] Additionally, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit serves home-style sides including fried okra, jalapeño beans, green beans with bacon, waffle iron fries barbecue beans, Caesar or garden salad, macaroni and cheese, and onion tanglers.[19] The same recipes have been used since the restaurant was established in 1941.[19]


The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[9] By January 2015, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit had more than 470 restaurant locations in 42 states.[2] The restaurant hosts "Barbecue U," an intensive, two-week session for franchise owner and operators.[11] Dickey's Barbecue Pit customizes franchise restaurants based on location.


  1. ^ Eileen Godin (November 20, 2014). "Dickey’s Barbecue Pit makes mouths water in Plains Township". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sonya Sorich (January 7, 2015). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Rocklin restaurant". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  3. ^ Dana Tanyeri. "Q&A with Richard Phillips, Vice President of Development, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  4. ^ Danielle Abril (January 23, 2014). "Dickey's to open 100 locations in southern California". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  5. ^ a b c Lucy Berry (April 14, 2014). "Meat lovers unite: New-to-Huntsville Dickey's Barbecue Pit coming to Bridge Street this summer". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Texas Native Brings Dickey's to Palm Springs". February 10, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Lincoln's fourth Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Thursday". February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Brings in Record Thanksgiving Sales". December 14, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ a b c Andrea Brown (May 30, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit does brisket, smoked meats right". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Dickey’s Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Merrie Spaeth. "Dickey's Texas Barbecue Aims to Conquer the Country". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ Jonathan Maze (July 22, 2013). "Technomic: 2012 Was A Good Year For Restaurants". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ Daniel P. Smith (July 2012). "2012’s Best Franchise Deals". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Emory Gets Ready for Lake Season with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit". February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "2014 Second 100: Top 10 Growth Chains". July 29, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Dickey’s New Charity Benefits Police Officers, Firefighters". February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Top 100: Restaurants – Dickey's Barbecue Pit". February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  18. ^ Brian Freedman (July 16, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit, or, when local chefs do great things to national chains". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  19. ^ a b c Drew Foster (August 26, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in Kennewick Aug. 28". Retrieved March 5, 2015.