“My father and I grew up in Texas and fell in love with slow-smoked barbecue. After moving to Idaho, we knew Dickey’s Barbecue Pit was something we had to share with our new community. I now have three Dickey’s locations and am proud to not only serve our guests authentic, Texas-style barbecue, but also to give back to those that give so much to us.”
Skyler Jones ,
San Bernardino, CA
Hannah and Revis Jarnagin
Gurnee, IL & Kenosha, WI
Irvine, CA Fountain Valley, CA & Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
St. George, UT
Big Spring, TX
Our barbecue isn’t just slow smoked for individual indulgence, but rather crafted to bring communities and neighbors together. Franchisees are the table makers of their community and know that no matter where they set the table, care and passion are always served first. Local involvement is a value that all franchisees embody and demonstrate through initiatives such as, Dickey’s Delivers to Teachers, the Dickey Foundation and many others. Highlighted are snapshots from a few of our barbecue trailblazers, who have transformed themselves into hometown heroes with a just a little barbecue sauce, a Smoke-Pit and some love. At Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, we focus on authenticity, serving our guests Legit. Texas. Barbecue., not Texas BBQ.
Bill Zimmerman, Owner of Gurnee, IL and Kenosha, WI
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is widely known for authentic, slow-smoked barbecue, but Dickey’s owners nationwide have made themselves an integral part of their local community in various ways. Bill Zimmerman, a local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit owner in Gurnee, IL and Kenosha, WI takes pride in giving back to his community in as many ways as possible. “In 2012, I decided that it was now or never if I wanted to run my own business and buying a franchise seemed like a great way to jump right in and have great success,” says Bill. “After doing research and fueled by my love of barbecue, I came across Dickeys. I ate at several stores, observed the flow of the operation and the support the Home Office offers its franchisees and decided that this was a great fit for me.” The Dickey’s charitable organization, The Dickey Foundation supports first responders across the nation. Bill does his part locally in many ways including always offering uniformed first responders 50% off their meal at his Dickey’s locations and sponsoring several USO events by donating his Texas-style barbecue. Along with supporting first responders, Bill has incorporated an internship program working with a local school to have third year intellectually disabled students gain working experience by learning the ins and outs of running a business and making delicious barbecue. He also serves on the school’s Culinary Advisory Board and helps conduct mock interviews with the students. With all his good works, Bill has made a name for local Dickey’s as not only the go-to barbecue place, but also a brand and a team that truly cares about the community.