To differentiate itself in the crowded Kansas City, Mo., barbecue market where its restaurants are located, Jack Stack smokes meats and sides with hickory wood. That method seems to resonate—local media has named it among the best barbecue spots in the area. The chain, run by the third generation of the Fiorella family, also operates a catering arm and a national shipping program.

LocationOverland Park, Kan.
2015 Systemwide Sales$28,300,000*
% Change in Sales11.0%
2015 U.S. Units5
% Change in Units25.0%
2015 Average Unit Volume$6,300,000*
% Change in AUV-1.3%
Future 50 Year2016
FranchisingNo