Smokey D’s BBQ

Team Captain: Darren Warth

Qualifying Event: American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest

Favorite Category: Brisket

Hometown: Des Moines, Ia.

Biography: Smokey D’s BBQ was founded in 2006 by Darren and Sherry Warth in a trailer, in their driveway. Their success on the competition barbecue circuit yielded multiple catering requests from friends and businesses. But, with the couple’s full time jobs, the catering operations quickly became overwhelming. In 2007, they partnered with Chef Shad Kirton and his wife Angie to open their first carryout barbecue and catering operation. With an overwhelming response from customers in 2008, they opened a remote location in the skywalk system in downtown Des Moines. In 2009, they opened another remote location only 6 blocks away to service the Western Gateway of Des Moines. In 2010, Shad and Angie (A Boy and his BBQ) were named winners of Destination America’s “BBQ Pitmasters” at the same time Smokey D’s was opening a 400 seat restaurant on Des Moines’ North side.

With a mission of providing championship-quality barbecue and made-from scratch side dishes quickly at an affordable price, the operations continue to grow and are experiencing astronomical growth. Smokey D’s has become known as Central Iowa’s place for championship barbecue. Both owners compete against each other on the barbecue circuit and have a won a combined 600+ category awards and more than 40 state barbecue championships, including Darren and Sherry’s recent win of the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open Contest in Kansas City.