Founded in 1999 we are located in Cape Girardeau with deep roots along the Mississippi river.
How we got started
In Cape Girardeau, Missouri, the company’s first endeavor as a Barbecue Industry Pioneer was creation of the Port Cape Girardeau Restaurant – a landmark in Southeast Missouri overlooking the Mississippi River. Specializing in barbecue ribs, the restaurant’s immediate popularity allowed the company to see the potential for barbecue in the early 1970s. The company’s experience with its first barbecue pit design used at its restaurant pointed the company toward the need for better barbecue equipment, which became the Ole Hickory Pits Division of the company.