Rick’s Barbecue, Inc. is a privately owned corporation headquartered in Leoma, TN and has been in operation almost thirty years. Rick’s Barbecue’s original location opened in 1979 in a very small block and brick building in Lawrenceburg, TN with only two pits, a drive through and a walk up window. After thirty years of hard work and by surrounding themselves with great people, Rick Lanning and his wife have grown the business into an operation that includes five company owned retail operations in both TN and AL, with a sixth to open in AL in 2009; three retail franchises encompassing three different retail designs in both TN and AL; a USDA inspected processing plant, central warehouse and commissary for all operations including the home office; and a large wholesale operation that services the southeast via several large grocery warehouses, wholesale suppliers, and school systems. The main focus of our success has been our customers and our employees. Rick’s goal from 1979 has been to provide his customers a quality, pure meat product at a competitive price.
At the beginning of the business in 1979, most in this region associated barbecue with the “mystery meat” smothered in red sauce. Rick’s goal was to reorient folks to what “good” barbecue really was. His philosophy was, if the meat were prepared properly, it could stand on it’s own, without sauce So he would concentrate on doing one thing, and doing it right. And he did just that. His success has been in direct correlation to the passion he had for what he does and the love for the people around him in both customers and employees. They are our extended family, some having been with us almost twenty years now. The dedication of our Rick’s family of employee’s make his job as visionary for the company a workable reality.