American family-owned restaurant chain Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is set to enter the Canadian market with the opening of its first store late next year.

The restaurant chain has plans to open 20 stores in two cities in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

Dickey’s Capital Group CEO Roland Dickey Jr said: “Consumer confidence continues to increase, and people are willing to let others handle the cooking.

“The fact that Dickey’s is able to expand at this rate internationally without taking any private equity is a testament to hardworking Dickey’s franchisees, both nationally and internationally, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit’s commitment to quality, and to our ability to find the right partners.”

“Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will also open six new locations across the US this month.”

As part of its international expansion, the company opened its first location in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

The restaurant features an open kitchen and offers a range of customised menu items including slow-smoked beef brisket and smoked chicken and turkey, along with sides such as mac and cheese, barbecue beans and spinach.

Dickey’s Barbecue has also announced plans to open 45 restaurants across the Middle East in partnership with Middle Eastern group Serenity Hospitality.

Under the partnership, Serenity will open and operate Dickey’s franchises in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Lebanon.

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit will also open six new locations across the US this month, marking the company’s entry into Hawaii.