Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. and Hormel Foods Corporation announce a major initiative in which Hormel Foods will produce, market and distribute four retail barbecue meat products featuring Famous Dave’s award-winning “Rich and Sassy” sauce. Over the next several months, consumers will be able to find HORMEL® Fully Cooked Entrees featuring Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce in the refrigerated meat section of grocery stores nationwide.

These fresh, barbecue entrees will be available in Sliced Beef Brisket with Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce, Sliced Pork with Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce, Shredded Beef with Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce and Pulled Pork with Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce varieties. Each barbecue entree includes easy cooking instructions and takes just seven minutes to heat and serve. The addition of a simple side dish can make a quick barbecue meal, requiring virtually no cleanup.

“Our partnership with an established leader like Hormel is a significant step for us. Leveraging their current national brand strength in the category, production and distribution capabilities will allow us to begin establishing these entrees and Famous Dave’s on a national presence. Now, barbecue lovers all over the country will be able to enjoy our award winning barbecue, right at home,” commented Martin O’Dowd, President and CEO, Famous Dave’s of America, Inc.

“Americans love Famous Dave’s “Right-out-of-the-Pit” authentic barbecue experience” said V. Allan Krejci, vice president of public relations, Hormel Foods. “But they’re also seeking convenience from a quality product. The HORMEL® Fully Cooked Entrees featuring Famous Dave’s Rich & Sassy BBQ Sauce bring together two quality products in one convenient heat-and-serve option. Now families can enjoy a barbecued experience year round – without the hassle.”

The barbecue entrees will expand the current line of HORMEL® Fully Cooked Entrees, offering a complete line of convenient, fresh, fully cooked meat products that are quick and easy to prepare, meeting the needs of today’s time-conscious consumers. The current product line consists of such entrees as Beef Roast Au Jus, Pork Roast Au Jus, Beef Tips with Gravy and Meat Loaf with Tomato Sauce. All entrees are presented in a heat and serve package requiring minimal preparation and cleanup. Each package comes with simple cooking instructions and recipes for creating old-fashioned favorites. All entrees are priced between $4.99 and $5.99 and offer 2-3 servings per microwavable container to promote easy preparation.

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Based in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, Famous Dave’s of America, Inc. (Nasdaq:DAVE) develops, owns, operates and franchises barbecue restaurant and blues clubs. The company currently owns 30 locations and franchises 7 additional units in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Maryland and Virginia. Famous Dave’s has an additional 19 franchising development agreements to open units in Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. Its menu features award winning, barbecue and grilled meats, an ample selection of salads, side items, sandwiches and unique desserts. Famous Dave’s recently has won the coveted title of “Best Ribs in America 2000” at the Rib cook-off in Cleveland, Ohio. The company has won over 100 regional and national awards for its barbecue meats and sauces.

Hormel Foods Corporation, (NYSE:HRL) headquartered in Austin, Minn., is a multinational food products company manufacturing sausages, hams, bacon, wieners, canned luncheon meats, stews, chilies, hash, ethnic foods and other meat and grocery products.