Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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Dickey's Barbecue Pit
IndustryRestaurant chain
GenreFast casual restaurant
Founded1941; 80 years ago (1941) in Dallas, Texas
FounderTravis Dickey
Number of locations
457 (May 2020)[1]
Area served
  • United States
  • United Arab Emirates
  • Japan
Key people
Laura Rea Dickey (CEO)
ProductsSlow smoked meats
OwnersDickey family
ParentDickey's Capital Group
Websitewww.dickeys.com Edit this at Wikidata

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is an American family-owned barbecue restaurant chain based in Dallas, Texas,[2][3][4][5] and is a subsidiary of Dickey's Capital Group.

Since Travis Dickey established the restaurant in 1941,[6] it has become the largest barbecue franchise in the United States.[7]


In 1941, Travis Dickey founded Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas (Original location: 4610 N Central Expy, Dallas, TX, which is still in operation as of 2017[8]). The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[9][10] Roland Dickey Jr. was appointed CEO of the restaurant chain in 2006.[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]

Dickey's Barbecue Pit established its Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation, a charity foundation for law enforcement officers and firefighters, in November 2014.[14] Fast Casual included the restaurant on its list of "Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Restaurants" in May 2014.[15] A noticeable event in Dickey's Barbecue Pit's history was when Lonzo Ball was once seen holding a Dickey's "Big Yellow Cup" in an interview with NBA legend Isiah Thomas.

In 2015, Ernst & Young recognized Roland Dickey Jr. as Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Winner in the Southwest Region.[16]

In 2017, Laura Rea Dickey was named chief executive officer of Dickey's Barbecue Pit, and falls under the umbrella of Dickey's Capital Group, the parent company of the Dickey's Barbecue Pit brand.[17]

In 2018, the company opened its first international location at the Yas Mall in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.[18] This location resulted from a franchising deal with operator Serenity Hospitality, based in Abu Dhabi. In a collaborative effort, the company and Dickey’s customized its menu for locals, adding offerings such as smoked lamb and beef sausages. [19] The second international location opened in Dubai in March 2019. [20][21]

The first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Singapore opened in its Central Business District in March 2021. The franchise is a ghost kitchen concept in the Central Kitchen Co., a contactless food court across from the city’s Cross Street Exchange.[22]

In April 2021, the chain expanded to Japan, starting in Tokyo, with plans to open a restaurant in every major city in the country.[23] The Tokyo restaurant is located in the Kamiosaki District of Shinagawa-ku and offers limited dine-in seating as well as takeout and third-party delivery. It will be operated by the Japan Barbecue Franchise Company’s owner, Sunsheng (Jason) Lin.[24]

Key people[edit]


Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a fast-casual restaurant that serves beef brisket, pulled pork, pork ribs, Polish sausage, spicy cheddar sausage, hot link and chicken.[9][26] The restaurant chain smokes its meat on-site over hickory wood-burning pits.[27] 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, corn on cob, and onion tanglers.[27] The same recipes have been used since the restaurant was established in 1941.[27]


The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[9] By January 2017, Dickey's Barbecue Pit Franchise had more than 483 restaurant locations in 43 states.[28] The restaurant hosts "Barbecue U," an intensive, three-week session for franchise owners and operators.[11] Dickey's Barbecue Pit customizes franchise restaurants based on location.

Dickey's differentiates its franchise from other restaurant franchise companies by offering what it calls "six revenue streams", listing them as: Dine-In, Catering, Online Ordering, Outside Delivery, Retail Items, and Holiday Meals.[29]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Find your local Dickey's Barbecue Pit location". Dickey's Barbecue Pit. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  2. ^ Godin, Eileen (November 20, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit makes mouths water in Plains Township". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Sorich, Sonya (January 7, 2015). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Rocklin restaurant". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  4. ^ Tanyeri, Dana. "Q&A with Richard Phillips, Vice President of Development, Dickey's Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Abril, Danielle (January 23, 2014). "Dickey's to open 100 locations in southern California". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  6. ^ "Lincoln's fourth Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Thursday". February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Brings in Record Thanksgiving Sales". December 14, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  8. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit Calls For Artwork Submissions to Be Featured as a Mural on Original Location". November 14, 2016. Archived from the original on November 19, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  9. ^ a b c Brown, Andrea (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 Spaeth, Merrie. "Dickey's Texas Barbecue Aims to Conquer the Country". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  12. ^ Maze, Jonathan (July 22, 2013). "Technomic: 2012 Was A Good Year For Restaurants". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  13. ^ Smith, Daniel P. (July 2012). "2012's Best Franchise Deals". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  14. ^ "Dickey's New Charity Benefits Police Officers, Firefighters". February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "Top 100: Restaurants – Dickey's Barbecue Pit". February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  16. ^ "Dickey's CEO named Southwest Region Entrepreneur Of The Year". July 2, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2016.
  17. ^ "Dickey's Reorganizes Executive Team". Nation's Restaurant News. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017.
  18. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit now open at Yas Mall". Abu Dhabi Confidential. October 22, 2018.
  19. ^ Innovates, Dallas (2018-10-31). "O Canada: Dallas-Based Dickey's Barbecue Pit is Going Global » Dallas Innovates". Dallas Innovates. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  20. ^ "Dickey's to open four more Dubai stores in 2019". Caterer Middle East. Dec 24, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2021.
  21. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens second Dubai location". www.fastcasual.com. 2019-03-20. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  22. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Opens in Singapore". QSR magazine. Retrieved 2021-05-28.
  23. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit Makes its Highly Anticipated Japan Debut". Restaurant News. Retrieved 13 May 2021.
  24. ^ "Dickey's plants flag in Japan". www.fastcasual.com. 2021-05-13. Retrieved 2021-06-10.
  25. ^ Luna, Nancy (Mar 27, 2019). "Dickey's promotes Jay Rooney to new CFO role". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
  26. ^ Freedman, Brian (July 16, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit, or, when local chefs do great things to national chains". Archived from the original on July 16, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  27. ^ a b c Foster, Drew (August 26, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in Kennewick Aug. 28". Retrieved March 5, 2015.
  28. ^ Ruggless, Ron (January 24, 2017). "The Power List 2017: Roland Dickey Jr". Retrieved June 1, 2017.
  29. ^ "Dickey's BBQ Franchise". June 26, 2019. Retrieved June 26, 2019.

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