Texas BBQ franchise opens in Bridgeport via ctpost.com

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The biggest barbecue fast food chain in the country is coming to Connecticut in the North End of Bridgeport. Dickey's Barbecue Pit will have its soft opening Sunday and its grand opening Dec. 8.

Cohen is a Dallas native, and often ate at Dickey's growing up. The first Dickey's Barbecue opened in Texas in 1941. The original location is still open for business, and Dickey's Barbecue is still owned and operated by the Dickey Family, according to the company website. The company began franchising in 1994.

Customers can expect to get their food in three minutes or less, Cohen said, but the meat is smoked for hours. The brisket, for example, is smoked for 14 hours before it hits a plate. "We have fall-off-the-bone ribs," Cohen said. "Most restaurants use a thermometer to test if the ribs are done. We test our ribs by picking them up and if they don't break in the middle, we know they're not ready to serve."

The meats include beef brisket, Virginia-style ham, turkey and chicken breasts, polish sausage and spicy cheddar sausage. Sides include coleslaw, green beans with bacon, barbeque beans, macaroni and cheese and fried okra. A meat plate, in which you get one type of meat, a homestyle side, pickles, onions, a roll and barbecue sauce, costs $9. A big barbecue sandwich costs $5. A kid's plate costs $4. The franchise is known for its large yellow cups, giving out free ice cream and letting kids eat for free on Sundays. --Vinti Singh

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