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.