Meet Dave!

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YES, THERE IS REALLY A FAMOUS DAVE. BUT HE DIDN'T START OUT FAMOUS.

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Dave's Story

Famous Dave understands what it’s like when the odds are against you. A Native American kid at the bottom half of high school class, he didn’t have a whole lot of opportunities, but he had dreams and perseverance. His goal: create the best BBQ America ever tasted. 

BBQ was a passion he caught from his dad, a Southerner working the construction trades in the windy city. They always knew where to find the best ribs: the street-corner vendors with their 55 gallon smokers, cooking it up in the tradition of the deep South. 

  • Famous Dave Grilling

    Famous Dave’s obsession with the perfect BBQ led him from Memphis storefront BBQ joints to the huge mesquite pits of Texas to backwoods smokehouses in the Appalachians on a quest to learn from legendary pitmasters.

  • Dave Cooking Ribs

    Between BBQ pilgrimages, Dave would smoke tons of ribs himself often in reconstructed garbage cans loaded with hickory wood. He laughs when he tries to figure out how many millions of gallons of sauce he has cooked up striving to be the best! He honed his craft for 25 years before sharing his award-winning slow smoked ribs with BBQ loving fans.

  • Spices on ribs

    Famous Dave would spend hours crushing, grinding, and tasting fresh herbs and spices. He’d try them dry, boiled, sautéed…sometimes he’d just hold them in his mouth to understand all the flavor nuances of great tasting BBQ.

  • Dave Cooking at Night

    It took countless all-night cooking sessions for Famous Dave to create the right mixture of fresh fruit juices, rich-black strap molasses, cane & brown sugars, exotic spices, and herbs for his legendary sauces.

“What makes great BBQ? You hand rub each slab with spices, then slow smoke'm in a pit of smoldering hickory like the champion pitmasters in the Deep South. These ribs are so good right out of the smoker—try 'em without the sauce—just order your bones naked!” 

— Famous Dave —

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