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!


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.

SPEAKING: How I Turned a Backyard Hobby into a $500 million Enterprise!
A highly sought after keynote speaker, Dave Anderson, Founder of Famous Dave’s of America, holds nothing back as he shares his incredible real life story of overcoming tremendous odds, adversity, and failure to create one of America’s best loved restaurant companies. 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 “Against All Odds” story is living proof that the American Dream… no longer has to be just a dream!

Dave Anderson, is best known as “Famous Dave” …the founder of Famous Dave’s Legendary Real Pit Barbeque, with over 200 restaurants and growing, Famous Dave’s has received unprecedented recognition as one of the “Hottest Concepts in America” by Nation’s Restaurant News reaching over $500 Million in sales. Dave has helped found several publicly traded companies on Wall Street creating over 20,000 new jobs and billions in sales.

Dave Anderson has shared his business success secrets and leadership insights with millions throughout the United States and Canada. Dave has appeared on all major networks including: Regis and Kathy Lee, CNBC’s The Next Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, FOX Morning Show, and The Travel Channel. Dave’s life story was featured on a special Oprah Winfrey’s Show honoring six individuals who made a special difference in the lives of others. Dave received Oprah’s Angel Award for his leadership work with at risk youth.

Dave Anderson has several motivational keynote topics to select from that best fit your audience including entrepreneurship, sobriety, and his highly requested “Against All Odds.”

Download a PDF of: ABOUT DAVE - DAVE'S BIO

"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 Exp

"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

©2016 David W. Anderson, America's Rib King