Famous Dave's

Dave Anderson, founder of Famous Dave's, lives for barbeque. Growing up in Chicago, home of the Blues, Dave's passion for ribs began as a young boy when his dad would bring ribs home from work in his lunch bucket.  His dad would get the best tasting slow-smoked spare ribs from street corner vendors who used 55 gallon smokers filled with charcoal and smoldering green hickory wood. They were the legendary ribs just like the champion pitmasters used to smoke way down in the deep south. Dave spent more than 25 years of his adult life searching all over the country for the best barbeque and feasting on a variety of smoked meats available from every barbeque joint he could find. His passion was almost religious in nature - his understanding of the holy trinity is "Smoke, Meat and Sauce".  His trips to these most famous bastions of barbeque were like "pilgrimages" to the most "hallowed shrines" of barbeque! After more than 25 years and many all-night cooking and tasting sessions, with thousands of batches of sauces, he finally developed and perfected the best barbeque sauce his friends and family had ever tasted.  Today, there are six award winning Famous Dave's sauces representing different regional tastes Dave discovered during his travels throughout America.

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