Dickey’s Barbecue Pit


Quick Summary

Join the largest barbecue chain in America! With over 526 locations in 43 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

    $99,999
  • Total Investment

    $122,104 to $503,504
  • Year Founded

    1941
  • # of Existing Units

    526
  • Training & Support

    Yes
  • Home Office Location

    Dallas, TX

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

 
WE SPEAK BARBECUE
As the fast casual barbecue leader1 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.
 
YOUR LOCATION
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.
 
OUR PRODUCTS
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 stores2.  As part of the Dickey’s system, our franchisees enjoy group purchasing power to help reduce the cost of goods.
 
OUR OPPORTUNITY
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®:
  • 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 ($15,000 for the first restaurant and $10,000 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
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)
BARBECUE, BOOTS & BADGES FOUNDATION
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.

  1. 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.
  2. 2015. US FOODS. Dickey’s Barbecue Purchase Detail.
     
 



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2/4/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Executes Eight-Store Development Agreement in Nevada and Southern California
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1/20/2016 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Makes Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 List
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1/20/2016 - Gina Young Serves as Sole Female Member of Dickey's Barbecue Pit Owner/Operator Council
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1/20/2016 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Rings in the New Year with $1 Pulled Pork Sliders
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1/20/2016 - Seasoned Restaurant Executive, Barry M. Barron, Sr. Named COO of Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc.
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12/18/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Introduces New Menu Items Here to Stay
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12/1/2015 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Breaks Holiday Sales Records
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11/24/2015 - Dickey's Barbecue Pit Expands With Four New Stores in Virginia
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11/17/2015 - Dickey's Barbecue Eyeing 2016 Growth in Japan, South Korea, Philippines
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11/10/2015 - Real Talk with Real Owners – Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner Jay Rhodes of Altoona/State College, PA
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11/10/2015 - Real Talk with Real Owners: Amberly Patrick of Cleburne, TX
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11/10/2015 - Real Talk with Real Owners: Skyler Jones of Garden City, Idaho
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11/4/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. Addresses the WHO Red Meat Study
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10/20/2015 - DICKEY’S BARBECUE LOOKS TO THE FUTURE WITH A SMALLER, FASTER PROTOTYPE
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9/24/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Continues Expansion Plans Across the Grand Canyon State
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9/16/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Announces Partnership with Jewel-Osco Grocery Stores to Sell Signature Buttery Rolls
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9/16/2015 - First Dickey's Barbecue Pit to Open on a Military Installation Begins Service August 27
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8/21/2015 - Founder of Texas-style Slow Smoked Barbecue to Make a ‘Pit Stop’ in San Jose Region
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7/8/2015 - EY Recognizes Dickey’s Barbecue Restaurants, Inc. CEO Roland Dickey Jr. as Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award Winner in the Southwest Region
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6/4/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Gains Operational Insight across 500 Stores with Advanced Big Data Analytics in the Cloud
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5/21/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Named Number Four in 2015 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers list
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5/21/2015 - New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Mason Arrives for National Barbecue Month
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4/30/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Arrives to Maumelle/North Little Rock in Time for Summer
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4/30/2015 - Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Hits Victorville with Three Day Barbecue Bonanza
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4/30/2015 - Texas Favorite Arrives in Corona with New Dickey’s Barbecue Pit
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