Dave Anderson is an Inspiring Speaker, Successful Entrepreneur, and Best Selling Author, whose “Against All Odds” story is living proof that the American Dream… no longer has to be just a dream!
Founder of Famous Dave’s of America, which is reaching over $500million in barbecue sales this year, truly making him America’s Rib King!

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8Oct

Wow was I stuck in some Fracking Traffic today!  I’m in Newtown, North Dakota to give a keynote speech and this is bumper to bumper traffic for at least a mile into town caused by the oil drilling going on. I seriously

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6Oct

I had the privilege of inducting Big John Dickerson into the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame at Ted Wilebski’s Blues Saloon… a noted blues photographer Greg Granger was snapping pictures. Here’s me with Big John and Ted – what a fun afternoon. 

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29Sep

I may have retired from Famous Dave’s this year after 20 years of amazing ribs, but it doesn’t mean I have one less drop of passion or desire to continue creating and tasting the world’s best barbecue. Why? Two reasons – 1.

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18Sep

Just wrapped up some great interviews with the local Little Falls, MN area radio stations. Looking forward to a fantastic event at the Little Falls Chamber of Commerce Event on Wednesday 9/24. Hope to see you there! #BBQlife

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16Sep

Recently America’s Rib King Dave Anderson, Founder of Famous Dave’s Barbecue Restaurants sat down with Scott Roberts of Firecast – The HOTTEST Podcast on Hot Sauces, BBQ and more … to talk BBQ! Click the link below to listen NOW! http://www.weeklyfirecast.com/episode-60-interview-famous-dave-anderson-famous-daves-bbq/

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10Sep

Tune in to the Travel Channel tomorrow at 9/8p CST to watch America’s Rib King Dave Anderson Guest Judge on the Travel Channel’s hottest new grilling show… American Grilled! Grilling competitors from St. Louis display their grills skills as they compete for

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About Dave Anderson

Dave Anderson is an Inspiring Speaker, Successful Entrepreneur, and Best-Selling Author, whose “Against All Odds” story is living proof that the American Dream… no longer has to be just a dream!

Best known as “Famous Dave,” founder of Famous Dave’s of America, became “Famous” with his storied backyard barbecues. His legend grew in 1994 after he opened up his first barbecue joint in Hayward, Wisconsin. The demand for “more barbecue!” grew too high for just one location and now—more than 200 restaurants later—Famous Dave’s was recognized as one of as one of the “Hottest Concepts in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News, reaching over $500 million in sales. The legend continues to grow every time Famous Dave’s adds to the 700 awards from the likes of the American Royal Barbecue Contest to the famous Silver Plate Award - cemented him as America’s Rib King.

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Speaking

A highly sought after keynote speaker, Dave Anderson holds nothing back as he shares his incredible real life story of overcoming tremendous odds, adversity, and failure to turn his backyard hobby into a $500 million a year enterprise! With passion, energy, and enthusiasm…Dave shares how he overcame his own personal challenges to become America’s Rib King…he connects directly to the spirit of every heart in attendance. Dave Anderson is an Inspiring Speaker and Successful Entrepreneur whose… MORE SPEAKING

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"I can’t tell you that I have ever met anyone that has generated more passion and enthusiasm then Famous Dave Anderson. I think Dave is the ultimate entrepreneur if you look at all the books written that have featured his life’s story. I can’t miss this opportunity to let people know about the massive impact Dave has on people. Thank you for being the blessing we need in the world!"

--- Dr. Joseph Michelli, Author of The Starbucks Expereience

"Our conference could not have been as successful without you!.." “Dave you are quite an inspiration. You have a wonderful way of captivating an audience.”

--- Business Professionals of America

"Famous Dave’s message is so powerful, just one of his thoughts could transform your life into a grand adventure of self-discovery and self-improvement!"

--- Mark Victor Hansen, Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul

Media

Dave Anderson Judges American GRILLED Wednesday on Travel Channel 9/8cst !

Dave Anderson judges Barbecue & Final Table WORLD FOOD CHAMPIONSHIPS Thursdays FYI TV 9p CST

Dave Anderson is Inducted into the ENTREPRENEURSHIP HALL OF FAME

LIVING LEGEND AWARD Urban Financial Services Coalition

Dave Anderson is Inducted into the JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT
BUSINESS HALL OF FAME

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Barbecue

Passionate, Sauce Obsessed, BBQ Worshiper…call it what you want, I am a Pitmaster and I love Barbecue!

Barbecue has been Dave Anderson’s passion since age six when his Dad brought home a rack of ribs and the sweet smoky aroma filled their house... for Dave it was love at first bite. More than 50 years and over 200 Famous Dave’s restaurants later… that barbecue passion is still going strong! Whether it’s admiring a beautiful plate of barbecue, developing a new sauce, competing on the rib circuit, or judging the best barbecue in America… Dave Anderson is living the #BBQlife!

Take a peek into America's Rib King's Barbecue journey…

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Events

Keynote – TIES Conference – St. Paul, MN

Date 01/20/2015 America’s Rib King Dave Anderson, Founder of Famous Dave’s barbecue restaurants will be the keynote speaker this year at the 2015 TIES Conference in St. Paul, MN.

America’s Rib King Dave Anderson on a NEW episode of “American GRILLED” Wed 9/8pm cst

Date 9/10/2014 America’s Rib King Dave Anderson will be judging on this week’s episode of American GRILLED – this week’s theme is filmed in St. Louis. Tune into the Travel Channel Wed 9/8 CST to see who will take home the $10,000 prize!

Keynote – Little Falls Chamber of Commerce

Date 9/24/2014

World Food Championships – New Episodes Thursday 10ET/11PT – FYI TV

Date July 2014 Tune in as Dave Anderson judges the Barbecue and Final Table at the World Food Championships in Las Vegas! New Episodes air Thursdays 10ET/11PT -on FYI TV

Books

Barbecue Party CookbookSALE - 50% OFF! $12.50

Famous Dave’s latest cookbook with mouth-watering recipes for your next backyard barbecue!

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Rib-O’LiciousSALE $ 20.00

Famous Dave’s Award-Winning Cookbook inspired by his love for Southern Barbecue and Cooking.

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LifeSkills for SuccessSALE 50% OFF! -- $ 12.50

The Ultimate Manual for Achieving Your Very Best

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Recipe for SuccessSALE $ 15.00

Famous Dave’s hard-earned lessons that created his success

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Report Cards to PaychecksSALE $15.00

Strategies for succeeding in College & your Career!

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DVD – BBQ Pitmaster Secrets$ 24.97

Become familiar with seasonings, sauces, and the use of live fire to make great tasting food.

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Getting SaucedSALE $ 10.00

Famous Dave’s True Story of Sobriety

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