Road to the BBQ Hall of Fame
Meet "Famous" Dave Anderson
Road to the BBQ Hall of Fame®
September 2, Famous Dave Anderson – "America's Rib King"– is inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame® at the American Royal. BBQ's highest honor. A hard-earned and well-deserved tribute.
“To be inducted into the hallowed shrines of BBQ at the American Royal is the pinnacle. This is what any pitmaster dreams of. But it isn’t about me. It’s always about making other people happy with my BBQ.” - Famous Dave
Famous Dave has read nearly every book written on BBQ and honed his craft on every pit, grill and smoker imaginable. He’s traveled the country learning everything there is to know about BBQ, on a lifelong quest for the best. The best ingredients. The best recipes. The best trained staff. A 50-year obsession with one purpose: To delight Guests with the most enjoyable and authentic BBQ experience possible.
Famous Dave's: America's Cuisine
Famous Dave's Trash Lid
Famous Dave's Bleed BBQ
Famous Dave's Competition
“I’ve eaten at more BBQ joints and cooked, smoked and grilled more meat than just about anyone. Pigs are afraid of me.” -Famous Dave
(Fun Fact #45)
2017 Hall of Fame Member Card
Send your own Congrats to Dave
The first Famous Dave’s BBQ Shack was opened in Hayward, WI.
(Fun Fact #2)
Famous Dave’s first award was in 1995 for the “Best BBQ Sauce in America” in the mild-sauce division at the American Royal World Series of Barbeque .
(Fun Fact #27)
In September 1996, Famous Dave's BBQ & Blues opened in Minneapolis.
(Fun Fact #16)
Dave Anderson won Oprah’s Angel Network Award for continuing leadership developments work with at-risk Native American youth.
(Fun Fact #19)
Dave won the Entrepreneur of the Year Award from Minnesota’s Entrepreneurs.
(Fun Fact #48)
Inducted into the National Entrepreneur’s Hall of Fame alongside Truett Cathy – Chick-fil-A Founder and Fred DeLuca – Co-Founder of Subway.
(Fun Fact #29)
Dave published his second cookbook, “Famous Dave’s Barbecue Party Cookbook”
(Fun Fact #36)
“Famous Dave’ Anderson was the SMOKED Champion in the Discovery Channel/ Destination America TV Series.
(Fun Fact #6)
September 2, 2017 ‘Famous Dave’ Anderson – “America’s Rib King”- is inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame® at the American Royal.
(Fun Fact #50)
Famous Dave Fun Facts
Dave Anderson earned a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Harvard.
(Fun Fact #46)