Backyard BBQing and smoking have never been more popular.

According to the latest biennial study by the Hearth, Patio & BBQ Association, more Americans than ever are grilling, smoking, and cooking BBQ at home. Their 2022 State of the Barbeque Industry report indicates "80% of all homeowners and 70% of all households in the U.S. own at least a grill or smoker, matching the highest percentage in the study’s history, up from 64% household ownership in 2019."

The hobby really exploded over COVID, according to data.

Coincidentally, that was when I bought my first smoker. From Traeger's to traditional pit-style smokers, more and more people are discovering the joys of outdoor cooking. I use mine almost every week. Making restaurant-quality smoked ribs, beef, chicken, and seafood at home is quite rewarding. If you love BBQ, come to Famous Dave's in Billings on Saturday, 7/29. 


Famous Dave is a real person!

The nationwide All-Star BBQ Series stops in Billings on Saturday, July 29 from Noon to 4 pm at Famous Dave's on King Avenue West. Some of the best pitmasters (both amateurs and pros) in the area will be competing for a $5,000 purse and a Golden Ticket guaranteed entry to the World Food Championship in Texas later this fall.

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Prizes, complimentary samples, and more.

It's free to attend and the event promises wings to the first 200 attendees, Kurvball Original Barbecue Whiskey samples (21+), and other fun. Local teams will compete for Best Chicken, Best Ribs, and Best Wildcard entries in the BBQ competition. If you couldn't make it to the Montana BBQ Cook-Off in Absarokee in June, swing by Famous Dave's on Saturday.

We caught up with Dallas Massey, VP of Marketing and Off-Premise Events with the popular BBQ franchise who shared more about the event and what inspired "Famous" Dave Anderson to launch this new food competition. Take a listen below.

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