Skip to main content

Ordering at Dickey's has never been so easy

Save time and earn points for FREE Barbecue

We offer you an easy way to order with pickup, curbside and delivery options. Explore our menu and find your local Dickey’s Barbecue Pit today!

Available for iOS and Android

ios-storegoogle-play-comming-soon
Mobile phone showing the Dickeys Barbecue mobile app for food ordering
| dickeys rewards logo

Dickey's Heir Holds on to Grandpa's Passion, Lets Go the Smoke

Published: 01 Feb 2016
Dickey's Heir Holds on to Grandpa's Passion, Lets Go the Smoke
Reposted from Franchise Times

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is another one of our Fast and Serious Brands, which we’ll cover in the March issue when we reveal our ranking of the 40 smartest-growing franchises. Roland Dickey Jr., grandson of the founder, had plenty to say about how he and his team are using metrics and analysis to slim down the restaurant’s footprint and in the process boost average unit volumes.

But he also got to recalling his grandfather, who started Dickey’s 75 years ago and operated his one store for 26 years, making the best barbecue he knew how—which involved a whole lot of smoke.

 “The dude would smoke three packs of cigarettes during the day, and then he’d go home and smoke two more,” recalls Dickey. “Back in those days they had a barbecue pit” with no ventilation. “You’d open the pit and all the smoke would go 'fooosh.'

“He got more smoke than oxygen, but he made it to 69,” Dickey says. “He was like the consummate barbecue, just a purist.” And although Dickey’s not sorry that health habits are far better today, he does like to hang on to the legacy of a passion for the food. “Be the best at barbecue is our motto, and that encompasses a whole lot of things,” he says.
MORE FROM IN THE NEWS

Close cookie banner