Low Carb Dickey’s Options for Keto Diets
Did you know barbecue has been a part of American history since colonial times? George Washington himself wrote of attending a “barbicue” (he was an infamously bad speller) in Alexandria, Virginia in 1769.
Barbecue — by which we mean meat that has been slow-cooked for many hours, not to be confused with grilling which takes place quickly over a hot flame — can bring out the passion in devotees. Some have been known to travel many miles to get their hands on the genuine article and for good reason. Barbecue takes patience, skill, and a bunch of other stuff, like the right kind of fuel. The type of wood that is used is crucial. You can’t just chop down any random tree and expect good results. Woods like mesquite, oak, pecan and hickory are most often used with pork and beef because they impart a strong smoky flavor, while the wood of fruit trees like cherry, apple and pear give a milder taste and are therefore more commonly used to flavor poultry and fish. (Maybe ol’ GW was gearing up for a BBQ when he took his hatchet to his dad’s cherry tree.)
A telltale sign of real barbecue is the reddish smoke ring that appears around the edge of the meat. It’s due to a chemical reaction between protein in the meat and the smoke, and it means good eats are at hand. Which brings us to Dickey’s.
Travis Dickey was a WWII veteran who opened a barbecue pit in Dallas, Texas in 1941. Although the first site needed to rent out space on its signboard to help cover the costs of running the restaurant, Dickey’s went on to enjoy wide success and began franchising in 1994. Today it has nearly 600 locations in 43 states, making it the largest barbecue chain in the US. The original recipe is still used, and the meat is smoked on-site at each location.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is a family affair, and has been passed down for several generations. Laura Rey Dickey was named CEO in 2017, the next in a long line of Dickeys to carry on the tradition.
Dickey’s is committed to using quality ingredients. Their meat contains no artificial colors, flavors or nitrates, the pork is free of hormones, and so is their chicken which is also raised cage-free. As for Dickey’s nutrition information, you can check it out online, or read our guide below for your best options.
Keto-Friendly Plates at Dickey’s Barbecue
Since we keto eaters aren’t interested in sandwiches and other carb-y offerings, the menu is easy enough to figure out: Pick your meat, pick your sides, pass on the roll, and enjoy.
Meats at Dickey’s Barbecue for Low Carb Eaters
The pork and beef are the lowest in carbs. The turkey, and chicken are carbier, but more reasonable calories-wise. You get the choice of one, two or three meats on a plate.
- Pork Ribs, 1lb. (0 net carbs, 107g fat, 73g protein)
- Pulled Pork, 1lb. (0 net carbs, 120g fat, 35g protein)
- Beef Brisket, 1lb. (0 net carbs, 111g fat, 117g protein)
- Chicken Breast (4 net carbs, 10g fat, 81g protein)
- Turkey, 1lb. (8 net carbs, 16g fat, 72g protein)
- Polish Kielbasa Sausage (8 net carbs) This one tops the chart in a lot of ways, including calories: more than 1,500. (138g fat, 65g protein)
The Jalapeño Cheddar Kielbasa is really high in every direction, 16 net carbs and over 1,500 calories. (130g fat, 65g protein)
If you’re thinking about going with a taco, know that a brisket or chicken and cheese will run you about 14 net carbs, but considering it’s the same meat as you get on a plate, might as well pass on the carb-loaded corn shell.
Keto-Compatible Sides at Dickey’s Barbecue
You get two choices of sides at Dickey’s and the best option will be the salad, so double up. If you’re not in the mood for lettuce, the following are also acceptable options.
- Caesar Salad (9 net carbs) This count includes the croutons, so pull them out and you’ll get your carbs way down. (8g fat, 1.5g protein)
- Green Beans, 1 pint (11 net carbs, 7g fat, 3g protein)
- Creamed Spinach, 1 pint (11.5 net carbs) Don’t feel obligated to eat this by yourself. (34g fat, 17g protein)
Low Carb Sauces and Toppings at Dickey’s Barbecue
Sad to say, the BBQ sauce is pretty carb-y, 12 net carbs per serving. We’ll pass, thanks. But feel free to enjoy pickles and jalapeño slices.
What to Drink at Dickey’s Barbecue on the Ketogenic Diet
The best thing to fill your Big Yellow Cup with is water, but you can also put in their famous iced tea so long as it is unsweetened, or diet soda if you can’t resist.
Keto eaters rightly feel smug when large amounts of meat is what’s on the menu. Enjoy it guilt-free, but keep in mind calories do add up and this kind of food should be eaten only on special occasions.