Spotlight Business of the Week for January 22, 2018 is GREAT BOARS OF FIRE!

The Great Boars of Fire

920 Kratzinger Hollow Rd Cobden IL 62920

800-440-4489 or 618-833-5858


David and Bob Fombelle, owners of The Great Boars of Fire in Cobden, Illinois, have been in business since 1989. 

They began cooking for enjoyment with one homemade cooker and entered barbeque cook-off competitions across the country.  After repeatedly winning many State Championships, a World Championship, Memphis in May and receiving the highest points at the Jack Daniel World Invitational, they quickly progressed to off-site catering.  Their rapid growth required them to open a banquet facility accommodating up to four hundred guests.  The facility allowed them to host a variety of events, expand their menu and become full service caterers. 

The Great Boars of Fire reputation and excellent quality of food, found them catering for NFL Teams, The Sugar Bowl in 1997 and The Super Bowl in 1997.  (See our list of clients on our web page  They have also catered at the Anheiser-Busch Sales Convention in Anaheim, California serving twelve thousand guests and all the sporting and special events at the Superdome and the Convention Center in New Orleans. 

The Great Boars of Fire continued growing their business while increasing their market by taking it yet another step by building The Blue Boar Restaurant, which is attached to their existing 10,000 square foot banquet facility, The Great Boars of Fire Lodge. 

David and Bob Fombelle wanted to accommodate out of town guests for weddings and other special events at their banquet facility and opened The Boars’ Nest Bed & Breakfast in April of 2006.  It is located one quarter-mile from The Great Boars of Fire Lodge banquet facility and The Blue Boar Restaurant.  The Boars’ Nest Bed & Breakfast has five cabins and is open year round. 

In June of 2017 they opened their newest restaurant, The Wyld Hog in Crainville. 

The Great Boars of Fire has been voted The Best Caterer in the Southern Illinoisan Newspaper’s Reader’s Choice Awards for the last four years. 

There is nothing in the cooking arena The Great Boars of Fire cannot do or have not done.  We do the impossible… it limits our competition! 

Listed below are some Client’s Events The Great Boars of Fire has had the privilege of catering for: 


Anheuser Busch                                              


  -Bud Light                                                     

  -Busch Light                                      

  -Natural Light                                    

August Busch III

August Busch IV


Bombardier Boats

Broadwater Beach Resort

Chevrolet Motor Company                   

Com Pac International                         

Crownline Boats

Dana Corporation

IL State Rep Jerry Costello

Joe Dennehy – Levi Restaurants

Dennis Deyoung of Styx

Dolly Parton


Ebony Festival

Edward Jones Dome                            

Boomer Esiason

Essence Festival

Dale Earnhardt  

Ford Motor Company

General Dynamics       

Peter Frampton

John Goodman

Grant’s Farm                                       

Harrah’s Casino

Rachel Hunter

Michael Irvin

Indianapolis 500                                              

Highest Points at Jack Daniels

   World Invitational Cook-off

Alan Jackson

John Madden

Mariah Boats


Reba McIntire

Memphis in May World Champion BBQ

Neil McCoy


Tom Pagnozzi

Savvis Center

Kenny Schrader

SIH Foundation

Wesley Snipes

Southern Illinois University

Rod Stewart

St. Louis Blues

Tony Stewart

Todd Stoddelmeyer

Aaron Tippin

Travis Tritt

Tanya Tucker

University of Illinois

University of Wisconsin

US Olympic Shooting Team                                                           

Rusty Wallace

Trisha Yearwood



Baltimore Ravens

Chicago Bears

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

Jacksonville Jaguars

Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota Vikings

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

San Francisco 49ers

St. Louis Rams

Seattle Seahawks

Tennessee Titans

Sugar Bowl 1997

Super Bowl 1997                                             

State Champion BBQ:

Illinois - Arkansas – Kentucky – Missouri – Tennessee 

Contact us at: 

800-440-4489 Toll Free