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Your Guide to Barbecue Cooked Food From Hickory Hanks


Is there anywhere in America that doesn't love barbecue food? Char-grilled meats, delicious sides, cold beers, sweet and smoky sauces–what's not to enjoy about that combination?

You might be sitting in California thinking, "but there's no barbecue near me," well, you might be ecstatic to find out that you're wrong. In Rio Linda, there is a legendary BBQ eatery serving up some of the most delicious char-grilled treats anywhere in the state. 

That place is Hickory Hank's.

Why America Loves Barbecue Food

America loves barbecue food; there's no denying that. The history of Barbecue in America goes back over a hundred years, and the country has been in love with it ever since. 

Certain states like the Carolinas, Texas, Tennessee, and Missouri quickly established themselves as the BBQ kings. Americans don't need much of an excuse to get the grill out and enjoy some flame-cooked food. 

Perhaps it's because barbecue is such a social food. Not many people cook barbecue food for themselves. Barbecue is all about getting people together to have a fantastic time with delicious food. 

People even have BBQ weddings nowadays. 

All About Hickory Hanks

If you're looking for the best barbecue food in Sacramento, then Hickory Hank's is the place for you. 

At Hickory Hanks, we've been serving the Sacramento area with mind-blowing BBQ food since 1980. Most people know us as a BBQ catering company, but we also have a restaurant in Rio Linda open every Friday so that you can come down and experience authentic BBQ, right from Hank himself. 

The Real Deal 

Our name isn't just some fancy branding. We actually have a Hank. Hank works tirelessly to deliver delicious food to all of his customers, and he's been doing it for over 40 years now. 

If you ever pop in to eat a meal from our Friday menu, then you may see Hank busy operating the grill and keeping people happy. Barbecue is Hank's passion, and that, after all, is the key to fantastic barbecue food. 

People have been coming back to enjoy Hank's barbecue food ideas for decades now, so you can be sure that it is some of the tastiest BBQ this side of the Mississippi. 

The Best BBQ West of The Mississippi 

When someone says barbecue food, you'll probably think of states like Texas or Tennessee that are steeped in a rich history of BBQ culture

At Hickory Hank's, we've taken that culture and passion for BBQ to the West Coast. Barbecue food is all about the love you pour into every step of making it, and nobody in California does it better than Hank. 

You'll struggle to find barbecue food this authentic and delicious anywhere else in California, or indeed anywhere else west of The Mississippi River.

Our Menu

If you're stuck for ideas of what to cook on a BBQ, then let Hickory Hank's take that strain from you. 

We've been crafting and perfecting our menu for over 40 years, and we must be doing something right because people just keep on coming back. You can come down to our location in Rio Linda to try out our fantastic Friday menu

BBQ Favorites 

We wouldn't be much of a BBQ place without serving up the nation's favorites. You can enjoy delicious BBQ chicken, served as a whole, 1/2, 1/4, or as part of a combo. 

You can also enjoy our melt-in-the-mouth slow-cooked pulled pork or beef brisket. We also serve up devilishly sticky and sweet racks of ribs that are bound to keep you coming back for more. 

We've got all your favorite barbecue sides, too. Enjoy our freshly made coleslaw and potato salad. We've also got wonderfully thick mac and cheese and moreish BBQ beans.


Prefer your barbecue as a sandwich? We've got you covered. 

You can enjoy a sandwich of your choosing from us. We offer pulled pork, tri-tip steak, brisket, hot link sausage, or chicken sandwiches. We also provide deliciously thick hamburgers with a selection of either swiss, provolone, or American cheese. 

We serve sliders if you're bringing your kids. 


If you can't decide what you want, our combos are the perfect thing. 

You can get yourself a platter of 1/4 chicken, ribs, tri-tip steak, and hot link sausages, all served with beans, fries, and a side of your choosing. 

Our family combos are perfect for those who want to share. Our top family combo meal includes a whole chicken, 1/2 a rack of spare ribs, tri-tip steak, and hot link sausages served with two large portions of beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. You'll also get a serving of garlic bread and our signature BBQ sauce.

Anything Else?

Maybe you're not in the mood for BBQ? That's alright. We've got other meals that will take your fancy. We serve some of the freshest and most flavorful tri-tip steaks you're likely to find anywhere in California. 

We've also got thick and juicy prime ribs, and we make our hot link sausages in-house. 

What About the Sauce?

No BBQ place can call itself legitimate without a signature sauce. Who would we be if we let someone else make our sauce for us? 

We take our sauce so seriously that we even manufacture the equipment used to make it. Hank's varied and long professional background left him with the skills to make nearly anything. 

He used this knowledge to make his own specialist equipment that he uses to make all of his food, including his signature BBQ sauce.

Try Our Food Today 

Has this article left you hungry? We're not surprised. If you're after this delicious slice of barbecue food in the Sacramento area, come on down to Hickory Hank's in Rio Linda, we're open for dinner every Friday. 

Contact us today if you have any questions about our food or our services. 

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