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HICKORY RIVER SMOKEHOUSE is an award-winning barbecue restaurant that focuses on dry-rubbed, hickory-smoked meats. Each location has an on-site smokehouse that gives us an edge above the rest by following tried and true traditional methods of barbecue. The fast casual concept is the new driving force in the restaurant industry, and Hickory River is the perfect example of fast casual done right - allowing for higher customer service, and ensuring only the freshest premium meats, along with high-quality sides, are served to the customer within minutes of ordering. Hickory River Smokehouse maintains a unique and fresh spin on the fast casual restaurant market.


HICKORY RIVER SMOKEHOUSE is an eight-time Grand Champion at the Ohio State Fair for pulled pork, baby-back ribs, and our special recipe barbecue sauce, also earning multiple Reserve Champion and People's Choice Awards. There's nothing better, and it shows with every cut of brisket, ribs, pork shoulder, turkey breast, and chicken that are carefully selected, hand-rubbed with our signature spice blend, then slowly smoked to juicy, mouth-watering perfection. In a double- blind research study, Hickory River barbecue sauce smoked the competition, and was preferred overall to national sauce brands.

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Celebrating 25 Years in Business!
Today, Hickory River Smokehouse is celebrating over 25 years in business, with 6 franchise locations across Illinois and Ohio. Locations include Urbana, Springfield, Decatur, Peoria, Champaign, IL and Tipp City, OH.



Hickory River Smokehouse territories are open across the Midwest, including Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Michigan. The next franchise location could be yours!


HICKORY RIVER SMOKEHOUSE offers franchise opportunities to serious, qualified individuals or teams dedicated to carrying on the vision and enjoying the benefits of owning an award- winning barbecue restaurant. Our founder, owners, and franchise partners are here every step of the way. With extensive knowledge and years of experience, our team is well positioned to support franchisees and help you succeed. Take the next step in being a part of the Hickory River Smokehouse franchise. Contact us today!

A new Hickory River Smokehouse location has opened in Champaign, IL

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