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On August 29th, Famous Dave’s will serve as head judge and host of the Illinois state certified grilling contest during the seventh annual Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ! With nearly 800 awards in the art of BBQ-ing, Famous Dave’s has making the smooth transition to judging rather than competing. Famous Dave’s will have several Kansas City BBQ Society Certified judges on site to determine the best BBQ Illinois has to offer.

Doors open to the public at 11:30pm on August 29 with free admission and the party continues to 9pm. A wide range of foods and beverages will be available for purchase from local popular vendors. Festivities include live music from Expo 76 & the Total Pro Horns, Smoked Rock & Soul, On your Marx, Inner Spice, a dunk tank, kid activities and the largest amatuer barbeqcue contest in Illinois.

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ began in 2009 when local barbecue enthusiasts decided to get together on a Glen Ellyn Street to see who was the best at their craft. Now it is the largest ammature BBQ event in the State of Illinois. Naturally, the largest ammature BBQ event has partnered with the nation’s most award winning BBQ restaurant Famous Dave’s to host the grilling contest and crown the winner of the city's best BBQ!

About Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ:

The Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ donates all profits to Bridge Communities, Inc. which provides transitional housing and comprehensive supportive services to homeless families in Glen Ellyn and DuPage County by partnering with faith-based and community organizations that provide mentoring relationships which roots homeless families into the local community. For more information please visit

About Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises BBQ restaurants. The company owns 54 locations and franchises 142 additional units in 34 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and 1 Canadian Province. Famous Dave's menu features award-winning BBQ and grilled meats, a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and unique desserts. Famous Dave’s has won more than 700 awards for everything from “Best Ribs” to “BBQ Sauce” to “Best Cookbook” to “Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise.” For more information, please visit Famous Dave’s online at, like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.


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