In the beginning man made fire....and let it smoke. A man named Dickey lit his first barbecue pit in 1941 and let it smoke...beginning this journey.
Before there were any major highways in Dallas, TX, Mr. Travis Dickey found a plot of land off the North Central Railroad and opened a barbecue stand. Why was it called a barbecue stand? Because the place was so small people literally had to stand. In fact, if you visit the first location (still smoking today at the corner of North Central Expressway & Henderson Ave.) you'll see the 3 individual school desks that were used as original seating.
Our menu was limited. Just brisket or ham sandwiches, chips and your choice of ice-cold beer, Dr. Pepper or milk. Mr. Dickey’s sons TD and Roland grew one store into the booming barbecue franchise it is today. The people found the food always good, always fast and always with a side of saucy, southern hospitality. Eventually, instead of talking about the weather, people started talking about opening their own Dickey’s Barbecue Pit. The Dickey’s family listened by asking the best folks around to join the family and open their own Dickey’s restaurant.
Travis Dickey’s grandson, Roland Dickey’s Jr. and his wife Laura Rea Dickey, have grown our family to more than 500 locations nationwide with almost 360 family members, who are each the Owner Operator of their local Dickey’s franchise. In 2018, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit became an international brand by opening our first oversees location in the Middle East, as well as, expanding into Brazil in the Spring of 2020. We’re built on the same passion for people, for our practice and for the art of great hickory smoked barbecue that started this journey back in 1941. Smoked Onsite is dedicated to telling that story - what makes Dickey’s Barbecue Pit not just the largest barbecue franchise in the world, but also the best – The People. The Pit. The Practice.
You can learn more about the Dickey’s Barbecue Pit story here .