Famous Dave's takes 'blue rib'n' at BBQ contest

by Bryan Salvage
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MINNEAPOLIS — Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que won the award for "Greatest Ribs in America" at the 18th Annual Marc’s Great American Rib Cook-Off in Cleveland, Ohio. The competition was held over the Memorial Day weekend and included many of the top competitive grillers in America.

Organizers estimate that the BBQ experts at the event serve up more than 1 million ribs over the course of the weekend.

"The Cleveland rib cook-off is one of the most competitive in the nation, and it has a long and storied tradition in the world of barbecue," said Christopher O’Donnell, president and chief executive offer of Famous Dave’s. "We couldn’t be more proud of our rib team. They’ve added another esteemed trophy to our own tradition of award-winning BBQ."

Famous Dave’s also won a third-place trophy in the "Greatest Sauce in America" competition.

The Famous Dave’s Rib Team is based in Plymouth, Minn. and is led by Mike Bowar. The team travels throughout the country each summer, competing in a number of high-profile contests.

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