Roland Dickey Jr: A History of Great Barbecue

Out of the nation’s nearly 4,000 barbecue joints, there is only one that can satisfy your biggest BBQ cravings. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has plenty of barbecue goodness for you to enjoy, from burnt ends seasoned the old-fashioned way with secret spices from ribs to pulled pork sandwiches on brioche bread. They also serve favorites such as smoked brisket, chicken, pork, wings, and sides that range from jalapeno beans to macaroni and cheese. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has been serving mouth-watering, slow-smoked Texas-style BBQ for over 80 years. The family generation behind this brand is the Dickey family. The current owner is Roland Dickey Jr., who is a successful entrepreneur with an eye for enormous business opportunities. Roland’s gains from this idea exceed those of his previous businesses.

Dickey’ Barbecue Pit: A Family Business

Roland is the CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group, a holding company that owns the Dickey’s BBQ Pit franchise brand. Dickey’s BBQ Pit was opened in 1941 by Roland’s grandfather, a single-handed operation for 26 years until he passed away. Roland’s grandfather would work the pit while his grandmother served sandwiches and ran the cash register, and they loved nothing more than chatting with the customers all day long. My father and uncle had been away at college when he passed away, but they returned home to help my grandmother and took over the business.

Roland’s father began developing his own recipes, and as they became increasingly popular, they opened additional locations throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. As the company grew, they began franchising their restaurants. At the time Roland became CEO in 2006, the franchise was already operating in 20 locations. Roland grew up immersed in the family business, learning all about the family’s smoke processes.

Dickey’ Barbecue Pit Successes

Roland worked for Dickey’ Barbecue Pit as it grew from a small chain to the fastest-growing barbecue franchise globally with over 400 restaurants. Under his leadership, his company has earned many accolades, including two “Best Franchise Deal” awards from OSR and recognition as one of Fast Casual’s “Top 100 Movers and Shakers” for four years running. As a result of its success, the company has been named the “Best Food and Drink Franchise” by Global Franchises and the “Most Established Brand” by Franchise Help. Wall Street Journal, Entrepreneur Magazine, and Forbes Magazine have also written about the company.

About Roland Dickey Jr.

Dallas-based Roland Dickey Jr is an award-winning executive, who is currently the CEO of Dickey’s Capital Group, A national publication named him to the “Power 20” list, while Nation’s Restaurant Magazine called him one of the 50 most influential people in the industry.


Roland Dickey Net Worth has a business administration degree from Southern Methodist University. After earning his bachelor’s degree in 1996, Roland worked for several restaurant businesses so that he could gain experience outside his family’s business.

The Roland Dickey Foundation

Aside from his professional life, Dickey is also a member of the board of directors for a family foundation. With the help of donations of equipment and financial support, the foundation carries out its mission of helping first responders. With the help of the foundation, Dickey raised $20,000 to support communities affected by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. In the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020, Dickey’s Barbecue restaurants began selling First Responder Packs of sandwiches. Besides donating sandwiches for every purchase, the Dickey family matched each donation. See related link to learn more.


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