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Everything You Need to Know About Hickory Hanks BBQ


When people think of Sacramento, BBQ restaurants aren't the first thing that comes to mind. But, we're here to change that. 

Hickory Hanks is here to put California BBQ on the map!

If you're looking for the best BBQ restaurant in Sacramento, then you've come to the right place.

We're here to show you what Hickory Hanks is about. Read on to learn more about us, our amazing food, and how we can bring your next party or event up to the next level.

Once you try a bite of Hickory Hanks, you're not going to want to eat anything else!

Meet the Man That Started It All

We're not one of those corporate BBQ restaurants that use a fake name. We actually have a Hank working hard behind the scenes. His name is actually Henry Virga and he's the mad scientist/mastermind behind Hickory Hanks' amazing BBQ creations.

Hank's been making top-notch BBQ catering food since 1980. That's over 30 years of experience. When you've been around that long, it's not just because you're a pretty face. People are in love with the BBQ Hanks is putting on their plates.

A Cut Above Other BBQ Restaurants

When people hire Hickory Hanks to cater their events, their guests leave full and happy. You don't need to take our word for it. We have dozens of reviews from satisfied customers.

But, we understand your catered event is important to you. Your wedding, birthday, or anniversary celebration needs to go off without a hitch. That's why we're sure there are some questions you're going to want to ask us.

Let's answer some of those for you down below.

Do We Make Our Own Sauce?

Of course! What kind of BBQ restaurant would we be if we used another sauce? But, here at Hickory Hanks, we take the pride in our product to the next level.

Not only does Hank make his own sauce, but he also builds his own BBQ equipment! As the saying goes, "If you want a job done right, do it yourself".

Hank doesn't take any chances. He doesn't trust the quality of his BBQ to anyone else.

Hank's dad was a sheet metal worker. Hank, himself, has history as a construction worker and working on helicopters in the U.S. Army. He has the ability and know-how to craft the perfect custom BBQ equipment for his restaurant.

This is how Hank ensures his tasty menu items come out the way he wants every time. The result is the best California BBQ you can get your hands on.

What Sets Us Apart?

BBQ isn't new. In fact, neither is BBQ catering. But, what makes us different is our quality and our style.

When you hire us you can be sure you're getting the highest quality BBQ for your event. Do you want to know how you can be sure? Because we cook your food right there on-site.

That's what separates us from other caterers. Most catering operations cook their food off-site and transport it to your venue in Sterno racks. That doesn't fly at Hickory Hanks.

Even if your event venue doesn't have a kitchen, we'll bring the pots and pans. The result is amazing, done-for-you BBQ every time. The freshness and aroma of our food can't be duplicated.

It also helps your guests become part of the experience. There's really nothing like it.

Another thing that sets us apart is that we're obsessive about being punctual. Maybe it's from Hank's military days? But, if we agree on a day and time, we will be there. 

You can count on it! 

What Size Crowd Can We Serve?

We don't have a limit on event size. We can serve as small or as large of an event as you can give us! In the past, we've served events involving 2500 people. 

If you want to book us for an event with more people than that, we're up for the challenge!

What Type of Events Do You Cater?

When people think about BBQ, they think of backyard parties and picnics. Well, we offer one of the best BBQ services around. We can do way more than your average backyard party.

We've catered corporate events and weddings. Our standards for food quality and food service are so high that we always get repeat business. Even from the most formal of customers.

What Is Our Pricing?

We have a range of options available to fit any budget. The price of your catering will depend on the type of food you want at your event. We can do burger-and-dog platters that start at $10.95 per person.

If you want BBQ food, those plates will run $13.95 per person. For more formal events, like weddings, we offer "black and white" plates. This type of menu would cost $16.95 per person.

The Hickory Hanks Guarantee

Hank learned a lot from his Dad. Dad always told Hank, "A man is only as good as his word". That's why Hank and his BBQ team stand behind theirs. And, it's a big reason why folks keep coming back for Hickory Hanks BBQ. 

Hickory Hanks doesn't just focus on making great food. They feel their job is to help you and your guests make great memories.

Our Delicious Menu

You may think that with a name like Hickory Hanks BBQ, we only do BBQ food. Well, that's not the case. We can do delicious cuts of tri-tip steak or prime rib. We also make our own hot links in-house. And, we can even prepare pizza and hors d’oeuvres.

But, these aren't the only things we can prepare. We realize that you know your guests better than we do. If you'd like different menu items, just let us know.

At the end of the day, we want your guests to get a plate full of what they like. And our goal is to serve it to them with exceptional quality and service.

Get Yourself A Helping

You've tried other BBQ restaurants. Now, try the best. Contact Hickory Hanks and talk to us about catering your next event.

You'll be amazed by the customer service, and your guests will be amazed by the food. We're looking forward to being a part of your special day.

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