Business Partners Take On Barbecue in Home State of Mississippi with Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Business Partners Take On Barbecue in Home State of Mississippi with Dickey's Barbecue Pit

Marty Ballard and Jason Ellis have similar stories. They were both born in Mississippi and got their start at Pepsi in Tupelo. Following their time at Pepsi, they both went to work with the Little Caesars franchise. Ballard and Ellis will continue working together when they open their first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Tupelo on Thursday, July 24 at 11 a.m.

“We have barbecue options in Tupelo, but not the Texas-style barbecue Dickey’s Barbecue offers,” said local owner, Jason Ellis. “The meats are slow smoked for 14 hours which makes a real difference. We’re excited to share this dining experience with the community!”

Thursday kicks off with the first 50 guests receiving gift cards worth up to $50. On Friday, customers have the chance to grab Dickey’s Barbecue gear with all day merchandise giveaways. Saturday, stop by for jams when radio station Wizard 106.7 is onsite from noon to 2 p.m. This location will be serving $2 pulled pork barbecue sandwiches. Also, one lucky winner will be chosen for a $500 gift card and three winners will receive free barbecue for an entire year.

Ballard owns eight Little Caesars in Mississippi and Louisiana. Ellis owns Little Caesars in Booneville.
The new Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in Tupelo is located at The Barnes Shopping Center at 3946 North Gloster Street, Suite F and the phone number is 662.840.9500. Can’t take the wait? Keep up with this location on Facebook.

For Dickey’s Barbecue franchise opportunities call (866) 340-6188 or visit

Dickey’s Barbecue was founded by Travis Dickey with the goal of authentic slow smoked barbecue. More than 73 years later, the Dallas-based family-run barbecue franchise still offers a quality selection of signature meats, home style sides, tangy barbecue sauce and free kids meals every Sunday. All meats are slow smoked onsite in each restaurant. The fast-casual family-friendly concept has expanded to over 400 locations in 40 states and holds the title of the world’s largest barbecue franchise. This year Technomic named Dickey’s “Fastest-growing restaurant in the country” and they were also named “Best Franchise Deal” by QSR Magazine. For more information, visit Dickey’s or for barbecue franchise opportunities call (866) 340-6188.