Another Great Article on Great Boars of Fire
Fri February 11, 2011
In our continuing quest to learn the secrets of America's most successful barbecue operations, the hungry faculty at BBQ U recently invited Great Boars of Fire co-founder David Fombelle to speak to us about the rapid rise to success and now legendary popularity of his company in Southern Illinois and the Central Midwest. We asked Mr. Fombelle to come to us because Great Boars of Fire is a barbecue catering service. We wanted to see Mr. Fombelle in action. While he fired up his portable Southern Pride smoker, we peppered him with questions.
Right off, we discovered one of this enthusiastic, charismatic man's secrets: he loves what he does. Great Boars of Fire is in fact the story of a hobby perfected. Really perfected. Great Boars has won top awards in prestigious competitions such as the Memphis In May International Barbeque Cookoff and the Jack Daniel World Invitational Cookoff.
Mr. Fombelle said he and his son Bob founded the business in 1993 after practically being pressured into it. As owners of a commercial / industrial laundry serving the restaurant industry, the Fombelles frequently invited clients and employees to big barbecue cookouts. Mr. Fombelle developed a reputation as an outstanding barbecue chef who knew how to throw a first class party and make sure everyone had a good time. One thing led to another, he says, and today the company operates four smoker units which are either mounted on individual trailers or trucked to catering assignments. And there are a lot of assignments- Great Boars is booked almost solid, months in advance, including weekdays.