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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Quick Summary

Join the largest barbecue franchise in the world! With over 500 locations in 44 states, our smokin’ hot franchise has been treating guests to Legit.Texas.Barbecue barbecue since 1941. If you’re looking to diversify your portfolio or looking to retire and start a business, we’re seeking passionate entrepreneurs to join our award winning franchise.

Quick Facts

Minimum Cash Required$100,000
Total Investment$256,360 – $443,045
Year Founded1941
# of Existing Units500
Training & SupportYes
Home Office LocationDallas, TX
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  • Canada
  • India
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is a true American success story serving Legit.Texas.Barbecue. across the world. In 1941, Travis Dickey opened the first location in Dallas, Texas. Franchising began in 1994 after loyal guests and bbq fanatics demanded more locations. Roland Dickey, Jr. became Chief Executive Officer in 2006 continuing the family tradition. As the fast-casual chain racks up awards and recognitions, the Dickey family still serves up the same quality barbecue recipes handed down for generations, coupled with the same brand of southern hospitality, only on a much larger scale. 

Dickey’s Locations 
At Dickey’s, we pride ourselves on serving our guests authentic, Texas-style barbecue.  At 1,500 square feet, our locations offer an experience where guests feel like they are dining with family. The kitchen is an open concept where guests can see and smell the meat being smoked and the sides being prepared. When guests enter any Dickey’s location they are greeted with “Welcome to Dickey’s” and then have a conversation with the Pit Boss crafting their meal at the block.

Dickey’s Texas-Style Barbecue and Savory Sides
Long before our guests arrive, we begin slow smoking our barbecue with hickory wood smokers at every location, every day 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. And as you know, you can’t have great barbecue without savory sides. Dickey’s offers a variety of homestyle side options for guests that are the perfect complement to their slow-smoked meat. 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit offers a successful business model, low start-up costs, multiple revenue streams and an expert Home Office support team for franchise owners. Dickey’s also ensures every owner is fully prepared to open their own location by teaching them everything from how to smoke a brisket to how to create the best Pit Crew in our three-week training course, Barbecue University. Franchise owners enjoy the following features at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit:

  • 8 Revenue Streams
  • Established Global Brand: Over 77 years of experience preparing, smoking, and serving the community with our award winning barbecue menu
  • Our Menu: High quality Texas-style meats and a variety of savory sides
  • Low franchise fees and initial investment
  • Protected territories and Multi-unit development
  • Multiple investment types with traditional and non-traditional sites
  • Business model provide with support before, during and after your grand opening
  • Innovative IT solutions
  • Support from the home office in all aspects of the business including Project Managers, Site Selection, Marketing, IT, Purchasing, Regional Support, and much more

Award Winning Franchise 
Over the years, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has won awards such as our most recent awards: 

  • Top 500 Franchises 2018 (Entrepreneur)
  • #1 on Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers List (Fast Casual 2016)
  • 2016 Top Franchise (Entrepreneur Franchise 500)
  • Consumer Picks - 1st Place Specialty Segment (NRN 2014, 2015, 2016)
  • QSR Best Franchise Deal (2012, 2015)

The Dickey Foundation
Since 1941, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has taken great pride in our Texas style barbecue and our commitment to the communities we serve. It is in that spirit, that The Dickey Foundation was created. The Dickey Foundation supports first responders who protect and unite our communities. Our Foundation is national, but our efforts are intensely local, focusing on financial support, public education, and providing the equipment necessary for the safety of our first responders.

Military & Veteran Promotions

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Video(s)

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  • Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise - We Speak Barbecue

Press Releases & Awards

7/13/2020 - Dallas-based barbecue chain finishes the quarter strong as it maps out future new locations across the U.S.
7/8/2020 - Why Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise Options Are a Perfect Fit
6/24/2020 - How Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise Continued Growing During The Pandemic
7/12/2017 - Several businesses to open their doors in Mabank
7/12/2017 - Dickey's Barbecue adds Bremerton location
5/22/2017 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Offers Special Franchise Deal to First Responders
5/22/2017 - Celebrate National Barbecue Day Tomorrow with Dickey's Barbecue Pit
5/17/2017 - Kansas City Chiefs Corner Back Stanley Jean-Baptiste to Open Two Dickey's Barbecue Pit Locations
5/17/2017 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Investor Opening his Own Location
5/17/2017 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gets Fired Up for National Barbecue Month with Big Giveaways
5/17/2017 - Founder of Texas-style Slow Smoked Barbecue to Make a 'Pit Stop' in Sacramento Region
8/16/2016 - Southern California will Soon Get a Taste of Texas Barbecue with Five New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Locations
8/3/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit To Expand in South Texas
7/25/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Expands into Mississippi Delta
7/20/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to Open Three New Stores in Amarillo Area
6/27/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces Expansion in El Paso, TX
5/26/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Inks Development Deal for Eight Stores in Texas and Louisiana
4/29/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces Three-Store Development Agreement in Ohio
4/22/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces 12-Store Development Agreement in California
4/19/2016 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Signs Four-Store Agreement in Oregon
4/6/2016 - Multi-Concept Franchisee To Open 10 Dickey's Barbecue Pit Locations throughout Arizona
3/25/2016 - Family Franchise Business Brings Three Dickey's Barbecue Pit Locations to Eastern Michigan
3/23/2016 - Dickeys Barbecue Pit Announces Expansion Plans Within New York State, Adding Two Stores in Buffalo, NY
3/14/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces Three-Store Development Agreement in Northern California
2/12/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Inks Four-Store Development Agreement To Mark 100th Location in California

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