The History of our Legit. Texas. Barbecue.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit prides itself on authenticity, innovation and barbecue sauce, one store at a time. With roots in Dallas, Travis Dickey set out to perfect Texas-style barbecue. in 1941, Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Dallas, Texas. Space on the restaurant’s sign was rented out to help pay the start-up costs for the restaurant and the menu was limited to beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, beer, bottled milk and sodas.

Brothers Roland Dickey, Jr. and T.D. Dickey took over the business in 1967, continuing their father’s legacy of quality, hickory-smoked signature meats. Under the direction of Roland and T.D., Dickey’s Barbecue Pit expanded throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area and became a staple in North Texas culture.

Franchising began in 1994 to overwhelming success, maintaining quality and consistency, while carefully pushing growth. Roland Dickey, Jr. became President of the company in 2006, continuing the family tradition. The loyal patrons are what keeps Dickey’s thriving in every community. Barbecue is a regional cuisine found in mostly southern states, but Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is changing that one restaurant at a time. As it continues to expand from coast to coast and overseas, customers are wooed by the home-style flavor and family friendly atmosphere.

Today, every location smokes all of their meats on-site at the restaurant the same way it was done in 1941. Dickey’s serves up beef brisket, pulled pork, ham, polish sausage, turkey breast and chicken, with an extensive array of home-style sides form jalapeno beans to macaroni & cheese. Buttery rolls are served with every meal along with the complimentary ice cream and dill pickles. And just like always, kids eat free on Sunday.

Dickey’s Historical Facts

Est.- 1941

Headquarters- Dallas, TX

Franchises- 500+

Countries- 2


“Top 100 List: Private Companies”

“Inc.’s Fastest Growing Companies”

“Top 25 Chain Innovators”

“2010 Readers’ Choice for Best Barbecue”

“Top Places to Work”

“2012 Military Friendly Franchise Award”

“Top Five Growth Chains”

“Best Franchise Deal”


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is rich in history, and the Dickey family is proud of their relationships with the community. Of course, with any successful family business comes a healthy amount of curiosity from guests, including family recipes passed down from three generations to Roland Dickey Jr’s Net Worth and everything in between. It’s the privilege of the Dickey Family to bring Legit. Texas. Barbecue to the world.