our history

 
 
  ELIZABETH (LIZ) LANNING JOINING RICK OUTSIDE OF THE PIT ROOM AT THE VERY FIRST ESTABLISHMENT    

ELIZABETH (LIZ) LANNING JOINING RICK OUTSIDE OF THE PIT ROOM AT THE VERY FIRST ESTABLISHMENT

 

  FOUR GENERATIONS OF LANNING'S CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS, 1989    LEFT : RICK LANNING HOLDING HIS SON, TY LANNING   --   MIDDLE :  GEORGE LANNING   --   RIGHT : MARVIN LANNING

FOUR GENERATIONS OF LANNING'S CELEBRATING 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS, 1989

LEFT : RICK LANNING HOLDING HIS SON, TY LANNING   --   MIDDLE :  GEORGE LANNING   --   RIGHT : MARVIN LANNING

 
 
 

Rick’s Barbecue, Inc. is a privately-owned corporation headquartered in Leoma, TN and has been in operation for nearly forty 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 thru, and a walk-up window. After a lot of hard work and by surrounding themselves with great people, Rick Lanning and his wife, Karen, have grown the business into an operation that includes five company owned retail operations in both Tennessee and Alabama, two retail franchises, a USDA inspected processing building, 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.

When Rick's first opened, most barbecue businesses in this region associated barbecue with the “mystery meat” smothered in red sauce. Rick's philosophy was, if the meat was prepared properly, it could stand on its own, without sauce. With pure time and dedication, Rick made sure he did just that. To this day, Rick’s meats are still smoked on hickory wood pits designed by Rick himself to give the customer a real southern taste. This is all done with care and attention being put on the pits for nearly 10 to 23 hours making the texture and taste one that every customer deserves.

For Rick, the food business has never been a job -- it has always simply been his passion

We at Rick's Barbecue want to say THANK YOU to everyone who has been by our side and supported our family-owned business for almost 40 years. We would not be where we are today if it was not for our loyal customers, hardworking employees, friends, and community.

 
 
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