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Dickey's Barbecue Pit

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4. Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

2014 sales growth: 29 percent

2014 unit growth: 28 percent

2014 sales: $426 million

Barbecue is one of those polarizing foods that draw considerable debate: Is vinegar- or tomato-based better? Should barbecue be a noun, verb or both?

Dickey's Barbecue Pit is reaping the benefits of America's interest in barbecue. The chain serves a Noah's Ark of different pit-smoked meats, including pulled pork, beef brisket and honey ham.

The third-generation, family-run company has a wide footprint across 43 states in the U.S. and recently opened its 500th store.

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