"May you always be surrounded by good friends and great barbecue," says Dave Anderson over the phone in lieu of a goodbye. But he's earned the right to those coined phrases: Dave Anderson, a.k.a. Famous Dave of Famous Dave's BBQ, has an abundance of two very important things: ribs and enthusiasm.
Today happens to be a celebration of Anderson's enthusiasm for ribs. Mayor R.T. Rybak has proclaimed today, June 13, Famous Dave Anderson BBQ Party Day, as a sort of congratulations for Anderson's latest book. Famous Dave's BBQ Party Handbook is the tell-all that grillmasters everywhere have been waiting for: the one where Famous Dave himself sheds light not only on the special flavors that season his renowned BBQ, but throws out over 170 recipes on how to throw, as Anderson calls it, the "ultimate BBQ party." Luckily enough, it seems like the weather might finally allow for an actual day of BBQ!
Today, Anderson be signing copies of his new cookbook at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Minneapolis starting at 11:30 a.m. (Click here to preview the book on Amazon.) Hot Dish caught up with the man himself to talk about the inspiration behind the BBQ.