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] The restaurant is the largest barbecue franchise in the United States.[6]


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[7]). The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[8][9] Roland Dickey Jr. was appointed CEO of the restaurant chain in 2006.[10] Technomic named Dickey’s Barbecue Pit the “Fastest-growing restaurant chain in the country” in 2012.[11] That year, QSR Magazine included Dickey’s Barbecue Pit on its list of "Best Franchise Deals."[12]

In 2014, the restaurant was named a “Top 10 Growth Chain” by Nation’s Restaurant News for the third consecutive year.[13][14] Dickey’s Barbecue Pit established its Barbecue, Boots & Badges Foundation, a charity foundation for law enforcement officers and firefighters, in November 2014.[15] Fast Casual included the restaurant on its list of “Top 100 Movers and Shakers: Restaurants” in May 2014.[16]

In 2015, Ernst & Young recognized Roland Dickey Jr. as Entrepreneur Of The Year® Award Winner in the Southwest Region.[17]

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’ Barbecue Pit brand.[18]


A Dickey's Barbecue Pit location in Commerce, Texas

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.[8][19] The restaurant chain smokes its meat on-site over hickory wood-burning pits.[20] 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.[20] The same recipes have been used since the restaurant was established in 1941.[20]


The restaurant began franchising in 1994.[8] By October 2015, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise had more than 520 restaurant locations in 43 states.[2] The restaurant hosts "Barbecue U," an intensive, four-week session for franchise owner and operators.[10] Dickey's Barbecue Pit customizes franchise restaurants based on location.

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  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. ^ "Lincoln's fourth Dickey's Barbecue Pit opening Thursday". February 18, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Brings in Record Thanksgiving Sales". December 14, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit Calls For Artwork Submissions to Be Featured as a Mural on Original Location". November 14, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c Andrea Brown (May 30, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit does brisket, smoked meats right". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Dickey's Barbecue Pit". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b Merrie Spaeth. "Dickey's Texas Barbecue Aims to Conquer the Country". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ Jonathan Maze (July 22, 2013). "Technomic: 2012 Was A Good Year For Restaurants". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ Daniel P. Smith (July 2012). "2012's Best Franchise Deals". Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Emory Gets Ready for Lake Season with New Dickey's Barbecue Pit". February 23, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  14. ^ "2014 Second 100: Top 10 Growth Chains". July 29, 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Dickey's New Charity Benefits Police Officers, Firefighters". February 9, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Top 100: Restaurants – Dickey's Barbecue Pit". February 2, 2015. Retrieved March 5, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Dickey's CEO named Southwest Region Entrepreneur Of The Year". July 2, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Dickey's reorganizes executive team". Nation's Restaurant News. January 3, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2017. 
  19. ^ Brian Freedman (July 16, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit, or, when local chefs do great things to national chains". Retrieved March 5, 2015. [permanent dead link]
  20. ^ a b c Drew Foster (August 26, 2014). "Dickey's Barbecue Pit opens in Kennewick Aug. 28". Retrieved March 5, 2015.