Team Captain: Doug Casten
Qualifying Event: Great Lenexa BBQ Battle Grand Champion
Hometown: Des Moines, IA
Biography: Founded in 2007, Smoker’s Purgatory is a team that defines the sport of barbecue – a group of friends that enjoy bonding over good times and great food. The team’s only formal strategy is to do whatever it takes to win: if sauce will make their chicken taste better, they’ll add it; if steam will make their ribs more tender, bring on the water. The only judge that matters to this band of barbecue brothers are their own bellies – and it’s a strategy that allowed them to take home the Grand Championship at the Great Lenexa BBQ Battle, a competition that featured more than 130 teams.