Barbecue is a distinctly American art form, much like jazz music and feigning an understanding of jazz music. Celebrate patriotic cuisine with today’s Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of Texas-style smokehouse fare and drinks at Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Overland Park.
Dickey’s menu of USDA Prime meats, including southern pulled pork, tender turkey breast, and Virginia-style ham, are all slowly cooked to smoky perfection over a hot hickory fire pit every night. Diners can fill vacant tummy tracts with a big barbecue sandwich, a union of sliced-beef brisket, pickles, onions, and Dickey's famous sweet-and-spicy sauce, which took three years, two fistfights, and one small kitchen fire to develop ($5). Alternatively, noshers can delectate the Quarter plate for a quarter pound of their favorite meat served with pickles, onions, a roll, and two other homestyle sides ($7.50 total; sides are $1.75 each when purchased separately). Options include fried okra, green beans with bacon, and mac 'n' cheese. Diners with more than one mouth to feed can play hot potato with a giant Stuffed Baker, loaded with select meats, savory toppings, and a potato's soul ($5.25). The original Dickey’s debuted 70 years ago, coincidentally in the last year Texas was dubbed America's Cleanest-Fingered State. Since this early success, Dickey's has expanded to more than 150 locations in 30 states and one moon of Saturn.
Dickey's Barbecue Pit
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey's Barbecue Pit in Dallas in 1941, he kept his menu small and simple, only cooking up beef brisket, pit hams, and barbecue beans, which he sold alongside potato chips, beer, bottled milk, and sodas. Dickey smoked all of his meat in-house, a practice that put his eatery on the map and one that his sons, Roland and T.D. Dickey, still rely on today.
The menu has expanded since Travis’s time behind the grill, offering plates and sandwiches that brim with nine kinds of barbecued meats, including spicy cheddar sausages, pork ribs, polish sausage, and Texas-style beef brisket that’s chopped to order. Several types of baked potatoes are piled high with meats and cheeses, which diners can wash down with a gallon of tea or Dickey's signature 32-ounce big yellow cup of soda. Staying true to the same spirit of hospitality, cooks always include a buttery roll, a homestyle side, such as jalapeño beans and fried okra, dill pickles, and free ice cream with every meat plate.