“Famous Dave” Anderson, the founder of the 182-unit Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Bar-B-Que brand, said the contestants were noticeably nervous and tense during the filming of the first “judges’ table” segment on the Food Network’s barbecue competition show, “Best in Smoke.” What made this taping different from other competitions like “Top Chef” or “America’s Next Great Restaurant,” Anderson said, was that ...

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