As the fast casual barbecue leader* and a nationally established brand, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® offers decades of restaurant knowledge and a team of experts to assist franchise owners every step of the way. Founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey, Dickey's Barbecue Pit® has become known for mouthwatering hickory-smoked barbecue, popular catered events, and iconic Big Yellow Cups.
Unisex bathrooms, subway tiles, and dedicated lanes for online orders…this is not your father’s barbecue joint! Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® recently rolled out its fourth-generation store design and the new sleek design hits all the current fast-casual hot buttons and appeals to a larger demographic. The changes extend from the counter to the kitchen and include the décor, menu, and overall vibe.
At 1,500 square feet, the new footprint is smaller but still holds the same number of seats. A full 500 square feet of that floor space is dedicated to the open kitchen, which now positions the barbecue pit in full display behind the line. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® streamlined the menu, requiring fewer pieces of equipment to execute a more focused offering of meats and sides.
Long before our guests arrive, we begin slow smoking our barbecue with hickory wood smokers at every location just as it was done in 1941. In fact, we are so passionate about the quality of our ingredients that our meats are rubbed by hand with family recipes passed down from earlier generations.
Last year, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® sold over 27 million pounds of smoked meat in almost 500 stores**. As part of the Dickey’s system, our franchisees enjoy group purchasing power to help reduce the cost of goods.
Join America’s largest barbecue franchise today! Dickey’s Barbecue offers low start-up costs, multiple revenue streams and an expert support team for franchise owners. We also have an extensive training program at Barbecue University, where we drill down on our approach to quality, authentic barbecue, and guest focus. Franchise owners enjoy the following features at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit®:
Learn why Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® is smokin’ hot:
QSR Best Franchise Deal (2012, 2015)
Consumer Picks - 1st Place Specialty Segment (NRN 2013, 2014, 2015)
#4 on Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers List (Fast Casual 2015)
“America’s Fastest Growing Restaurants” (CNBC 2015)
“The Power 20: Empire Strikes Back” (Restaurant Business 2015)
Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain (Technomic 2013 & 2014)
“The USA’s Best Barbecue Chains” (USA Today 2014)
Founded by the Dickey’s family in efforts to serve those who serve us, the Barbecue Boots & Badges foundation is committed to indirectly serve the professions of law enforcement and firefighting. The foundation is national, yet the support is intensely local — benefiting law enforcement and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day, serving the public. Barbecue, Boots & Badges also creates partnerships between law enforcement and communities that are crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives.
For qualified applicants only. Applicable to the first store you franchise.
*2015.Technomic Inc. Digital Resource Library. “1 Year Commercial Financials: Top 500 - Barbecue Cuisine Type.” Dickey’s Barbecue Pit 2014 store count compared to all other franchises defined as a barbecue cuisine type.
** 2015. US FOODS. Dickey’s Barbecue Purchase Detail.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit® is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Wyoming, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Washington, Vermont, Virginia, Utah, Texas, Tennessee, South Dakota, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio, New York, Nevada, New Mexico, New Jersey, New Hampshire, Nebraska, North Dakota, North Carolina, Montana, Mississippi, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Louisiana, Kentucky, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Hawaii, Georgia, Florida, Delaware, Washington, D.C., Connecticut, Colorado, California, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Alaska.
Interested parties should have at least $100,000 in liquid capital to invest.