Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

The Dickey's Barbecue Pit franchise was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey, who has always had a passion for barbecue. With over 80 years in business and 25 years of helping franchise owners realize their dream, the franchise knows the barbecue business. Fast forward to today, and the brand has expanded to 550 locations and more opening across the globe. As a family-owned business, they treat customers and the franchise owners in their franchise system like family. As a franchise owner, you have an incredible eight revenue streams including dine-in, catering, the Dickey's app, 3rd party partnerships, online ordering, delivery, retail items and holiday meals.

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Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise Cost and Requirements for 2024


If Americans like anything, it is barbecue. There is nothing quite as American as barbecue in the summertime. One of the biggest names in barbecue is Dickey's Barbecue Pit. The brand was founded in 1941 by Travis Dickey, who has always had a passion for barbecue. With over 80 years in business and 25 years in franchising, franchisees with the franchise system are working with a respected name that is known to have a quality product. The company has grown to become one of the world's largest fast-casual barbecue franchise, with over 550 locations and more opening across the globe. According to the company's website, they "have a loyal following from the Texas Gulf to the Red Sea." As a family-owned restaurant, the customers and franchisees in the system will be treated like family. When you work with Dickey's Barbecue Pit, you have an incredible eight streams of revenue including dine-in, catering, the Dickey's app, 3rd party partnerships, online ordering, delivery, retail items and holiday meals. Additionally, the franchisees in their system will receive training at Barbecue University and support with everything from site selection, site construction and marketing.  Additionally, the brand also provides its franchise owners with technology like its proprietary ordering system and KPI-tracking Smoke Stack 2.0 streamline business operations. As a WWII veteran, Travis Dickey wanted to make sure that veterans have as an easy of joining the Dickey's Barbecue Pit family as possible. Veterans get a 25 percent discount off of the initial franchise fee. The brand knows that veterans are ideal prospective franchise owners.

Company Details

Founded: 1941
Franchising since 1994
Canada: No
International: Yes

Support and Training Offered By Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

In terms of support and training, the franchisee can expect help with site selection, site construction, and three weeks' worth of classroom and on the job training at the franchise's Barbecue University.  

2024 Franchise Requirements Needed to Own a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise.

What does a Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise Cost?

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise fees for 2024:

$100,000 Minimum Liquid Capital
$300,000 Minimum Net Worth
Initial Franchise Fee $20,000
Initial Investment $256,360 - $443,045
Veteran Incentives 25% off franchise fee
Royalty Fee 5%
Ad Royalty Fee 4%
Term of Agreement 20 years

Is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit a Semi Absentee Franchise with a Passive Ownership Opportunity?

No. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is not a semi absentee franchise. The owner of the franchise (the franchisee) is expected to be involved in all aspects of day-to-day operations.

Is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit a Home Based franchise?

No. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is not a home based franchise opportunity.

What Do Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchise Owners Make?

Click here to find out how much Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchisees make. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit offers an Item 19 in their Franchise Disclosure Document which provides financial information about select franchisees in their franchise system.

Does Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Offer a Veteran Discount?

Yes. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise does offer a veteran discount.

Is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Looking for Franchisees in Canada?

No. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise is not looking for Canada franchisees.

Is Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Looking for International franchisees?

Yes. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit franchise is looking for International franchisees.

Where can I see Dickey’s Barbecue Pit's FDD (Franchise Disclosure Document)?

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Additional Information

Additional Categories

Food & Restaurants

Number of Units Open

100+ UNITS

Cash Required

More than $250,000

Passive Franchise


Home Based Franchise


Item 19 Franchise


Veteran Discount




Franchise Opportunities in Canada


International Franchise Opportunities


Dickey’s Barbecue Pit Franchises for Sale

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