Pellet Envy

Team Captain: Rod Gray

Qualifying Event: Destination America's Barbecue Pitmasters

Favorite Category: Brisket

Hometown: Leawood, Kan.

Biography: It is only natural that one of the country’s top barbecue teams hails from Kansas City – the city best known for its barbecue. Competing since 2001, Rod and Sheri Gray of Pellet Envy, have participated in more than 425 events from coast to coast. In that time, the Grays have won 55 championships and have ended 12 straight seasons as a top nationally ranked team. In the past seven years, Pellet Envy has had more wins than any other team in America.

In 2009, Pellet Envy won the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) National Championship and were National Champions Runners-Up in 2010. This year, Rod and Sheri were crowned winners of Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters.”

Additionally, Rod and Sheri have competed in the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Championship seven times in their short career. While educating the public and promoting barbecue as America’s only “true” cuisine, Pellet Envy has been awarded more perfect scores in competition barbecue than any other three teams combined.