MINNEAPOLIS, Sept. 13, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The world's most popular and successful family of BBQ restaurants took top honors for 'Best BBQ Sauce' at the 24 th annual Best in the West Rib Nugget Cook-Off in Sparks, Nevada, with over 500,000 BBQ fanatics in attendance over Labor Day weekend. Famous Dave's of America, Inc ®. (Nasdaq:DAVE) sells more BBQ than any other restaurant in the world and has won over 600 awards, including top honors for Best Ribs, Best BBQ Sauce, Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise, and countless other accolades. Famous Dave's is not a cookie-cutter chain of restaurants. Scratch-recipe cooking is the secret and the food is prepared fresh daily in the kitchens of each and every Famous Dave's restaurant. The award-winning BBQ is slow-smoked for hours over smoldering hickory wood in authentic pit smokers. Even the desserts are home-baked. "Famous Dave, our founder, always says that 'It ain't braggin if it's the truth!'. Famous Dave's is honored to win the Best Sauce Award, along with being named among the top three Best Ribs competitors at the Best in the West Nugget Rib Cook-Off. This is one of the most respected and largest rib cook-off events in the nation, and the competition is fierce," said Famous Dave's Vice President of Marketing and Research & Development, Aric Nissen. "Famous Dave's has competed in this event for several years and has consistently won top awards including People's Choice and Best Ribs in prior years." In other company news, Famous Dave's was featured this summer as the BBQ experts on the number one rated morning cable network news show, Fox & Friends. The Famous Dave's team was invited to be weekly guests on the show as part of Fox's Summer Concert Series, to share their BBQ expertise on-air with the show's anchors and viewers throughout the live three hour broadcast. Famous Dave's BBQ cooking demonstrations were featured weekly from Memorial Day to Labor Day. About Famous Dave's Legendary Pit BBQ Famous Dave's of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) is proud to be the world's most successful BBQ franchise, selling more BBQ than any other restaurant franchise. Famous Dave's best-selling BBQ has won over 600 awards for everything from Best Ribs to Best BBQ Sauce to Top Barbeque Restaurant Franchise. Famous Dave's is passionate about BBQ excellence, slow-cooking the BBQ on-site for hours over smoldering hickory wood in authentic pit smokers. The menu features scratch-recipe cookin' and in addition to the award-winning barbequed and grilled meats and chicken, guests can enjoy a large selection of salads, side items and sandwiches, and home-baked desserts. The company owns 53 locations and franchises 133 additional units in 35 states and one Canadian province (as of the second quarter fiscal 2012 earnings release dated 7/25/12). Select territories are available for franchising. For more information, visit www.famousdaves.com . Follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/famousdaves . The Famous Dave's of America, Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=7726 Statements in this press release that are not strictly historical, including but not limited to statements regarding the timing of our restaurant openings and the timing or success of our expansion plans, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, which may cause the company's actual results to differ materially from expected results. Although Famous Dave's of America, Inc. believes the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectation will be attained. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from Famous Dave's expectation include financial performance, restaurant industry conditions, execution of restaurant development and construction programs, franchisee performance, changes in local or national economic conditions, availability of financing, governmental approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's SEC reports. Note to Editors: Contact Jean Golden (612-385-2324 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for interviews, photography and other requests.