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(Amarillo Globe-News)   Amarillo businessman announces plans to open several Dickey's Barbecue franchises because Texas doesn't have any decent barbecue   ( amarillo.com) divider line
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2018-02-24 04:13:01 PM  
Don't knock it. I grew up in West Texas and currently back home taking care of my mom, living one town over from one of the two existing ones. It's insanely good.
 
2018-02-24 05:07:18 PM  

levitcleos: Don't knock it. I grew up in West Texas and currently back home taking care of my mom, living one town over from one of the two existing ones. It's insanely good.


To each their own, I suppose. I found it perfectly fine for what it is, but nothing special.  I never eat there because bbq is one of those rare treat type of things. When I do indulge, I have better options.
 
2018-02-24 05:58:39 PM  
For being a franchise, Dickey's does good.  It was one of our go-to spots for after Church lunch in Georgia.  The "kids eat free" deal on Sunday made it a fairly cheap, quick meal.  To get better either meant paying more, or a really long wait for a table at a small local place.  Sometimes, those were worth it, sometimes quick and cheap were plenty good.

Still better than what passes for Barbecue in about 95% of the placed here in New England.
 
2018-02-24 06:00:29 PM  
They have McDonalds in Paris. Dickey's will do fine in Texas.
 
2018-02-24 06:03:10 PM  
Dickey's is some seriously shiat-tier BBQ. Surprised they are such a large chain. But then again, look at McD's and Starbucks

I think most people just like to consume shiat as long as it's marketed properly and convenient

Perhaps I should open a store that sells actual shiat sandwiches with a catchy slogan and friendly mascot
 
2018-02-24 06:06:19 PM  
Pfft. The only REAL BBQ is the style of BBQ that is popular in the place where I live. All other customs of slow cooking meat over indirect heat are inferior.
 
2018-02-24 06:12:34 PM  
I figure a lot of BBQ aficionados are the carnivorous version of wine snobs.
Put some Dickeys on the table and tell them it was made by their local BBQ hero and they'll swear it gave them an orgasm when they ate it.

/Except for you.
//You really know your stuff.
///3rd slash gets no sauce.
 
2018-02-24 06:14:35 PM  

rcain: Dickey's is some seriously shiat-tier BBQ. Surprised they are such a large chain. But then again, look at McD's and Starbucks

I think most people just like to consume shiat as long as it's marketed properly and convenient

Perhaps I should open a store that sells actual shiat sandwiches with a catchy slogan and friendly mascot


You do that Skippy.  Make sure you have a higher-priced line of artisanal shiat to sell to the hipsters.
 
2018-02-24 06:38:03 PM  

SBinRR: I figure a lot of BBQ aficionados are the carnivorous version of wine snobs.
Put some Dickeys on the table and tell them it was made by their local BBQ hero and they'll swear it gave them an orgasm when they ate it.

/Except for you.
//You really know your stuff.
///3rd slash gets no sauce.


Or there's people that actually know their BBQ. Things like smoke rings. Flavor of the actual meat and not the sauce. Knowing when shiats been steamed or otherwise adulterated for "tenderness" or "added flavor"

I remember going to a Dickey's and ordering ribs. What I got was essentially beef jerky on a stick. Dry as hell. Those guys definitely rely on their sauce
 
2018-02-24 06:46:29 PM  

SBinRR: I figure a lot of BBQ aficionados are the carnivorous version of wine snobs.
Put some Dickeys on the table and tell them it was made by their local BBQ hero and they'll swear it gave them an orgasm when they ate it.

/Except for you.
//You really know your stuff.
///3rd slash gets no sauce.


Possibly. I'm pretty easy to please for the most part. I've been to a few local spots that have a reputation for being amazing, and I was disappointed.  I have been to other places where I was pleasantly surprised. Dickeys is about as close to fast food as you can get while still producing decent bbq. Which is FINE for what it is, but there are plenty of better places around where I live.
 
2018-02-24 06:48:56 PM  

Hoban Washburne: levitcleos: Don't knock it. I grew up in West Texas and currently back home taking care of my mom, living one town over from one of the two existing ones. It's insanely good.

To each their own, I suppose. I found it perfectly fine for what it is, but nothing special.  I never eat there because bbq is one of those rare treat type of things. When I do indulge, I have better options.


hee, I admittedly do not.
 
2018-02-24 06:57:20 PM  
Dickey's was started in Dallas and is still headquartered there.
 
2018-02-24 07:15:56 PM  
Dickey's is not good bbq. I went there and got the "burnt ends." It was literally just small cubes of generic meat with some awful sauce on top. There are lots of better options.
 
2018-02-24 07:19:31 PM  

rcain: SBinRR: I figure a lot of BBQ aficionados are the carnivorous version of wine snobs.
Put some Dickeys on the table and tell them it was made by their local BBQ hero and they'll swear it gave them an orgasm when they ate it.

/Except for you.
//You really know your stuff.
///3rd slash gets no sauce.

Or there's people that actually know their BBQ. Things like smoke rings. Flavor of the actual meat and not the sauce. Knowing when shiats been steamed or otherwise adulterated for "tenderness" or "added flavor"

I remember going to a Dickey's and ordering ribs. What I got was essentially beef jerky on a stick. Dry as hell. Those guys definitely rely on their sauce


There is a Dickeys about a mile from me here in suburban Philly. I went in there once and stood in line behind another guy that was ordering. I watched a worker take a huge platter of meat from a smoker, put it on a cart, and as he was pushing it across the kitchen, a spatula fell off the platter onto the floor. He just picked it up off the floor and stuck it right into that big pile of meat. I immediately walked out. I was telling my neighbor about it a week or so later and he said he ate there once several months prior and had the worst case of meat sweats and diarhhea afterwards that he ever had in his life.

For good "chain BBQ", Mission BBQ is pretty damn good if you can get past all the "America, fark Yeah!" they got going on. But the best BBQ i've had in this area is a local place called Corporal Dee's BBQ.
 
2018-02-24 07:25:45 PM  
Good grief - a BBQ snob threa ... wait. I don't have a problem with this. Carry on.
 
2018-02-24 08:12:30 PM  
Thing is, you can't open just one Dickey's. They do over capacity smokers in designated restaurants, then have several other outlets serving reheated food.
 
2018-02-24 08:41:06 PM  
And by building franchises in Texas, it brought up the average barbecue goodness of both states.
 
2018-02-24 08:44:32 PM  

rcain: Or there's people that actually know their BBQ. Things like smoke rings. Flavor of the actual meat and not the sauce. Knowing when shiats been steamed or otherwise adulterated for "tenderness" or "added flavor"


As someone who grew up with mom boiling the meat before barbecuing, finding real barbecue after that has been...amazing.
 
2018-02-24 08:48:05 PM  
I find the difference between great bbq and good bbq to be pretty fine.
 
2018-02-24 08:51:58 PM  

rcain: Dickey's is some seriously shiat-tier BBQ. Surprised they are such a large chain. But then again, look at McD's and Starbucks

I think most people just like to consume shiat as long as it's marketed properly and convenient

Perhaps I should open a store that sells actual shiat sandwiches with a catchy slogan and friendly mascot


Subway has it covered.
 
2018-02-24 08:56:55 PM  
It seems that they were great until about three years ago,

The change seemed to be in the quality of the meat they were buying; the pit bosses still seemed to know what they were doing, but good ribs make a better end product than used tires, even when they're cooked the same way.

They opened locally (I'd been to Dickie's in other towns already) right about the time the quality went away.
It scared the local barbecue into a remodel that they needed, but Dickie's only lasted a year here.
 
2018-02-24 09:04:49 PM  

Rapmaster2000: Pfft. The only REAL BBQ is the style of BBQ that is popular in the place where I live. All other customs of slow cooking meat over indirect heat are inferior.


Semi-intelligble comment insulting your opinions and parentage.

/also, don't they have McDonald's in Texas?  McRib!  Done!
 
2018-02-24 09:16:31 PM  
there are probably better BBQ joints in amarillo than some chain restaurant.
 
2018-02-24 09:21:51 PM  

FriarReb98: rcain: Or there's people that actually know their BBQ. Things like smoke rings. Flavor of the actual meat and not the sauce. Knowing when shiats been steamed or otherwise adulterated for "tenderness" or "added flavor"

As someone who grew up with mom boiling the meat before barbecuing, finding real barbecue after that has been...amazing.


The only time I had BBQ in Texas, they gave us ribs directly from the boiler, they never even hit the smoker at all. Same with the brisket. It was the most pathetic meal I've ever had. If that's what passes for barbecue in Texas I say we pay Mexico to take the state back.
 
2018-02-24 09:27:41 PM  
Well the only Buffalo Wild Wings in Buffalo recently closed down so that's not a good omen.
 
2018-02-24 09:37:30 PM  
Ate at a Dickey's once. Buried in a strip mall, almost no one inside during lunch hour, dining area was both dimly lit and dark-wood decor so you couldn't see shiat, meat was cold. No reason to ever go back. Can't imagine how they stay in business.
 
2018-02-24 09:42:48 PM  
Dickeys is alright, but I would hardly call them a BBQ joint. No burnt ends? No rib tips? No BBQ.
 
2018-02-24 10:08:58 PM  
They have plenty of decent BBQ. Now someone just needs to teach Texas how to make Cilli instead of that bean-less sloppy joe like substance that they try and pass of as chilli.
 
2018-02-24 10:10:13 PM  
You know where there isn't any decent BBQ? Memphis. I was there last week and every place I tried sucked.
 
2018-02-24 10:12:28 PM  
It might depend on who is running the franchise.  The first time I had Dickie's was in Omaha.  After 30 years of being away from Texas I thought it was wonderful.  A year later they came to my town and I was happy till I went there.  I asked for sliced and they gave me chopped.  Mostly just chopped fat.   Another time my sandwich had a huge vein sticking out of it. I like the shaved ice they have for soft drinks and the free ice cream is okay.  The pickles and onions are good too.
 
2018-02-24 10:19:05 PM  

flucto: You know where there isn't any decent BBQ? Memphis. I was there last week and every place I tried sucked.


That troll saucy is pretty spicy
 
2018-02-25 03:10:01 AM  
Dickie's blows. If I want decent bbq from a "chain" restaurant then Rudy's will be my choice. Otherwise, it's me and my treager.
 
2018-02-25 03:33:09 AM  

abhorrent1: They have plenty of decent BBQ. Now someone just needs to teach Texas how to make Cilli instead of that bean-less sloppy joe like substance that they try and pass of as chilli.


You trying to get your asskicked in Texas? Cause talking like that will get you your ass kicked in Texas.
 
2018-02-25 06:18:59 AM  

grimlock1972: abhorrent1: They have plenty of decent BBQ. Now someone just needs to teach Texas how to make Cilli instead of that bean-less sloppy joe like substance that they try and pass of as chilli.

You trying to get your asskicked in Texas? Cause talking like that will get you your ass kicked in Texas.


First you actually have to go to Texas, and really why would you want to?

The only people that give half a shiat about Texas bullshiat are Texans. The rest of the world rolls they're eyes.
 
2018-02-25 06:50:49 AM  
Barbecue as a whole is farked up. Especially those who think blacker is better and use sauce.

Hank Hill got it right: Medium rare, no sauce. Anyone who wants different will be asked politely but firmly to leave.

It's a damn near tragedy when people grill their meats to the consistency of charcoal, then cover it with a nasty sauce to hide their mistake.
 
2018-02-25 06:54:34 AM  
Wow, Dickey's are popping up everywhere.
 
2018-02-25 07:14:58 AM  

grimlock1972: abhorrent1: They have plenty of decent BBQ. Now someone just needs to teach Texas how to make Cilli instead of that bean-less sloppy joe like substance that they try and pass of as chilli.

You trying to get your asskicked in Texas? Cause talking like that will get you your ass kicked in Texas.


Nah, he's not serious. You can tell he's trolling because he misspelled chili - twice.

Dickey's is okay if you don't have a non-chain barbecue place to go. I'll take Spring Creek over Dickey's. Miss Colter's, but only for the onion rings. Sonny Bryan's is only good at the original location. If I don't smell the smoke before I open the door, it's gonna suck because that means they either a) don't smoke it enough or b) they cool offsite and bring it in.
 
2018-02-25 07:17:18 AM  

tpmchris: Dickie's blows. If I want decent bbq from a "chain" restaurant then Rudy's will be my choice. Otherwise, it's me and my treager.


Rudy's!  Its a mandatory stop when I'm in Texas. Don't have the time to wait for the superior stuff.

Had dickeys a few years back in Tulsa. For BBQ from a chain it definitely could have been worse.
 
2018-02-25 08:17:22 AM  

tpmchris: Dickie's blows. If I want decent bbq from a "chain" restaurant then Rudy's will be my choice. Otherwise, it's me and my treager.


I have a Rudy's about a mile from my house (in Colorado). It's a gas station and gas three parking lots that are almost always full.

There's a Dickey's a few miles in the other direction, on a busier street, that is almost always empty.
 
2018-02-25 08:19:57 AM  
I ate some Dickey's here in St. Louis recently. I got a big yellow cup at least.
 
2018-02-25 08:32:06 AM  
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2018-02-25 09:08:28 AM  
I live in Kansas City and have relatives in S. Carolina. Texas BBQ sucks.
 
2018-02-25 09:42:39 AM  
I like Dickey's. BBQ snobs are as bad as hipsters
 
2018-02-25 09:50:41 AM  
New York has shiatty pizza places. Texas has shiatty barbeque places.
 
2018-02-25 09:53:50 AM  
The local one here would regularly run out of some items during lunch. They closed a while ago.

That and the fact that Earl's BBQ was 5 mins away.
 
2018-02-25 10:04:10 AM  
The best BBQ I've ever had was Q39 in Kansas City. Their burnt ends made me cry with joy.

Salt lick is terrible, especially the one in the Austin airport.

My experience with Carolina BBQ is either it's amazing or so bad it's performance art.
 
2018-02-25 10:12:39 AM  
Yeah... no. Dickeys is McBbq. Heck, there are better Q joints in MARYLAND.

("The Canopy" for wet, "The Mission" for dry.)
 
2018-02-25 10:39:23 AM  

machoprogrammer: I like Dickey's. BBQ snobs are as bad as hipsters


Leaving aside the fact that Dickeys is pretty mediocre Q.
 
2018-02-25 10:56:49 AM  
Abe's BBQ in Clarksdale Mississippi. Three things..

1) yummy, bitey sauce.

2) Robert Johnson sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads to become the best blues player ever.

3) Delta Blues museum is right up the road. Led Zepplin and ZZ Topp played there in tribute.

But mostly, Abe sauce rocks. SOOO GOOD!!
 
2018-02-25 10:57:13 AM  
FriarReb98:

As someone who grew up with mom boiling the meat before barbecuing,

In God's name, WHY?
 
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