News & Blog

July 30, 2019

When we opened the first City Barbeque in 1999, the star of the menu was our national award–winning brisket… and when we say “national award,” we mean “first place in the American Royal World Series of Barbeque Invitational.” Twenty years (and 44 restaurants) later, we can’t think of a better way celebrate our 20th anniversary than with the brisket that started it all: for the first two weeks of August, we’re cutting prices on our fan-favorite brisket to say thanks for 20 incredible years! August 1–28, 2019 only*, enjoy brisket sandwiches for $7.49, lunch brisket sandwiches for $5.99, even brisket by the pound for $15.99.

Hand-rubbed with our signature dry rub, slow-smoked over local hickory wood for up to 18 hours, carved to order… this brisket is award-winning for a reason, and trust us when we say we’ve spent the past 20 years perfecting it. Follow your nose to your local City Barbeque joint, order up some brisket, and help us celebrate!

*A lil’ fine print: offer only valid on orders placed and fulfilled August 1–28, 2019. Valid for dine-in, carry-out, and delivery orders.  

Reed to serve as CFO, Kadylak as CMO for the fast-growing barbeque restaurant

June 13, 2019

DUBLIN, Ohio—City Barbeque is pleased to welcome Diane Reed and Judy Kadylak to its leadership team effective June 2019. As the company’s new Chief Financial Officer, Reed will succeed former CFO Jim O’Connor; Kadylak is City Barbeque’s first Chief Marketing Officer.

Reed comes to City Barbeque having served as Chief Financial Officer, Vice President of Finance, and Chief Accounting Officer for BRAVO BRIO Restaurant Group; Executive Vice President for Finance at Frisch’s; Vice President and Controller at Wendy’s; and Controller at Victoria’s Secret. She started her career in public accounting at KPMG. In her role as City Barbeque CFO, Reed will help guide the 43-unit brand during a time of accelerated nationwide growth.

Kadylak’s career has been focused on positioning brands for growth, making her an ideal choice for the Ohio-based barbeque concept. Prior to joining City Barbeque as CMO, Kadylak led marketing efforts in-house as Senior Vice President for Marketing at Steak ‘n Shake, Vice President of Marketing and Culinary at Bruegger’s Bagels, and Regional Marketing Director at Chipotle. Kadylak has also managed brand positioning from the agency side, working with Bob Evans and Perkins Restaurant & Bakery.

“Diane and Judy bring a wealth of expertise to the team, and more importantly, they both really understand our purpose of serving and creating happiness,” says City Barbeque founder and CEO Rick Malir. “We’re confident they’re the perfect fit to lead their respective teams and are excited to welcome them on board.”


About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque

May 7, 2019

We want to help you celebrate your mom, stepmom, grandmom, any mom! Bring her in on Mother’s Day for the city’s best barbeque, and we’ll treat her to a piece of our triple chocolate cake, on the house.*

And that’s not all: our mamas taught us that giving is better than receiving, so we’re giving away a $100 gift card! Just share a selfie of you and your special lady enjoying some City Barbeque and you’re entered to win. Just be sure to tag #citybbq so we see it!

(Don’t do social? No sweat! Just email your selfie to to enter.) Winner will be randomly chosen and notified on Wednesday, May 15.

Pro tip: if you’re looking for another way to treat that BBQ-loving mama of yours, don’t forget: for every $30 in gift cards you buy, we’ll throw in a $5 bonus card for your next visit!**

* Free cake available with any purchase on Sunday, May 12, 2019.

** Bonus card offer valid through June 16.

May 1, 2019

Once upon a time (20 years ago), a farm kid from Kansas named Rick teamed up with competition barbeque team, quit his day job with John Deere, bought an old doughnut shop in Ohio, and opened a barbeque joint. After perfecting their already award-winning recipes, the team catered tailgates out of Rick’s garage during construction delays on their new restaurant and used the time to decide what sort of place they wanted to be: one that took care of everyone, from guests to employees to the community at large.

 It is mind-blowing to us that it’s been 20 years, and that we’ve grown to 42 (soon to be 46!) locations across seven states. But with everything that’s changed in those two decades, some things are exactly the same: our award-winning meats are all  still smoked on-site over local hickory wood. Our scratch-made sides and desserts are still made fresh, by hand, every day. We’re still catering tailgates—plus everything from fancy formal weddings and massive company picnics to buttoned-up board meetings and good ol’ backyard BBQs.

And we’re still living by those company values we established in 1999: serving competition-quality barbeque with genuine backyard hospitality; improving ourselves and our processes a little every day; and staying true to our purpose of serving and creating happiness.

We serve and create happiness for our guests however we can, taking that extra step to help them out, cheer them up, make their day. More than a million guests have come through our doors since 1999, and we want each and every one to feel like they’re just hanging out in our backyard for some barbeque (that’s why we call it “backyard hospitality!”).

Our team may have grown from five folks to more than 1,600, but we know creating happiness for them still means supporting them all with industry-leading pay, continuously improving benefits, scholarship opportunities (with $145,000 in financial aid for our teammates and their dependents), and more.

And service to our community has grown exponentially in 20 years: we are honored to have been able to give millions of dollars to thousands of local nonprofits and community organizations in the 41 individual neighborhoods we serve. That 10% of pretax profits each joint donates to local groups every year adds up, and that doesn’t even include donated food. Nothing makes us happier than feeding our friends and neighbors, whether it’s donating ‘que to an event around town, or working with Food Rescue to put our BBQ on the plates of food-insecure folks in our community.

From all of us at City Barbeque, from the bottom of our BBQ-loving hearts: thank you. You’ve helped us bring the city’s best barbeque to so many folks, and we appreciate your support more than we can say. We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years have in store!


April 29, 2019

The only bad thing about giving someone a City Barbeque gift card is that, well, you’d kiiiinda rather keep it for yourself. To make it easier to actually give that gift, we’re giving you a $5 bonus card for every $30 in gift cards purchased through June 16, 2019*! That’s right: $5 in free ‘que, all for you, for buying a gift you needed to buy anyway. So when you’re shopping for your Mom (PSA: Mother’s Day is May 12), Dad (Father’s Day: June 16), or grad, stop in to City Barbeque and get your gift-giving on!

Here’s the fine print: *gift card sale runs April 22–June 16, 2019. All offers valid on in-store gift card purchases only: not valid for online purchases. Bonus cards are redeemable on future purchases through August 31, 2019 (up to two bonus cards can be used per check). Each bonus card is worth $5 toward any purchase, excluding alcoholic beverages. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used toward catering orders. No duplicate gift cards or bonus cards accepted. Bonus cards have no cash value and do not carry a balance. Gift recipients, rather than purchasers, will earn rewards points on gift card purchases.

April 23, 2019

“Not burnt,” “meat candy,” “little chunks of heaven”: burnt ends can be a little hard to describe. But why waste time talking about them when you could be eating them? And you can eat them starting today at City Barbeque!

Our burnt ends are double-smoked cubes of brisket with a sweet homemade glaze and a little char. If they didn’t sound good enough on their own, we serve them up by the half-pound (!) over a piece of garlic-buttered, griddled Texas toast and toss a couple of our incredible pickles on the side. These burnt ends are rich, indulgent, and smoked in super-small batches… which means we sell out nearly every day.

Want to get your hands on some? Get in early: due to limited supply, we’re selling Burnt Ends in-store only (no online orders) for $11.99 at participating locations. And while you’re getting here early, get here often—this meat candy’s only available for a limited time!