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$99,999 to $500,000
Total Investment$289,939 to $421,244
Year Founded1941
# of Existing Units550
Training & SupportYes
Home Office LocationDallas, TX

Available In These States:

We are currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • AL
  • AK
  • AZ
  • AR
  • CA
  • CO
  • CT
  • DE
  • DC
  • FL
  • GA
  • ID
  • IL
  • IN
  • IA
  • KS
  • KY
  • LA
  • ME
  • MD
  • MA
  • MI
  • MN
  • MS
  • MO
  • MT
  • NE
  • NV
  • NH
  • NJ
  • NM
  • NY
  • NC
  • ND
  • OH
  • OK
  • OR
  • PA
  • RI
  • SC
  • SD
  • TN
  • TX
  • UT
  • VT
  • VA
  • WA
  • WV
  • WI
  • WY

Not Available In These States:

We are NOT currently accepting inquiries in these states:
  • HI

International Availability:

Accepting In These Countries:
  • United States
  • Canada
  • India
  • United Kingdom
  • Other Countries
Press Releases


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

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.
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 550 stores2.  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®:
  • 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
Learn why Dickey’s Barbecue Pit® is smokin’ hot:
  • #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)
  • “America’s Fastest Growing Restaurants” (CNBC 2015)
  • “The Power 20: Empire Strikes Back” (Restaurant Business 2015)
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.

***Dickey's no longer has availability in the Las Vegas, NV market***

* 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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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Video(s)

Video Selections

  • 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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