Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Quick Summary

Join the largest barbecue chain in America! With over 550 locations in 47 states, our smokin’ hot franchise has been treating guests to great tasting 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 highly rated franchise.

Quick Facts

Minimum Cash Required$100,000
Total Investment$289,939 – $421,244
Year Founded1941
# of Existing Units550
Training & SupportYes
Home Office LocationDallas, TX
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  • United States
  • Canada
  • India
  • United Kingdom
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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit first opened in 1941 and has since grown into the largest barbecue chain in the world. Dickey’s offers seven slow-smoked, Texas-style meats and a variety of savory sides, all served with a touch of southern hospitality. Since 1941, Dickey’s has slow-smoked their meats overnight, every night to ensure its authentic flavor. 

Dickey’s Locations 
At Dickey’s, we pride ourselves on serving our guests authentic, Texas-style barbecue in our stores that feel like an extension of the owner’s home. 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 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:
  • 6 Revenue Streams
  • 20 years of experience in real estate to support you during site selection
  • A project manager to support you during the construction phase (No charge)
  • Low franchise fees ($20,000 for the first restaurant and $15,000 for each additional restaurant)
  • Operations support
  • Marketing support
  • Business model provided (no restaurant experience required)
  • Comprehensive training program – Barbecue University
  • Group purchasing power
  • Veteran discounts available*
  • Various locations available ranging from traditional to non-traditional and c-stores
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

7/12/2017 - 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
2/4/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Executes Eight-Store Development Agreement in Nevada and Southern California
1/20/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Makes Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List
1/20/2016 - Gina Young Serves as Sole Female Member of Dickey's Barbecue Pit Owner/Operator Council

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