Tony Roberts | Founder

Tony has a passion for barbecue and everything that goes along with it; the joy of good food, family, friends and fun memories.  This passion led to his founding the award-winning Proud Souls competitive barbecue team in 2014.  This hobby quickly turned into a business, becoming a sought-after catering operation and now a brick-and-mortar barbecue supply store.

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His interest in barbecue was sparked by his father. As a kid in suburban St. Louis, MO, he spent many nights around a Weber Kettle, grilling everything from burgers to brats to chicken and pork steaks, a specialty of the region. As he got older, he and his dad began smoking spare ribs and the Thanksgiving turkey every year.

The outdoor fun, stories and conversations shared around the cooker still inspire him today, and he wants to give others the tools to be able to do the same in their own homes.

Tony lives in Lakewood, CO with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not smoking brisket, he’s skiing in the mountains or drinking a craft beer in Denver.

Dan Casey | Co-Owner

Dan is the Proud Souls “jack of all trades”. He has a passion for adventure and giving back to the community. He’s taught thousands of volunteers how to build playgrounds, been a volunteer firefighter, and traveled all over the world.

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Dan grew up on the South Side of Chicago eating his mom’s boiled ribs in hot water, then slathered with red sauce. His interest in barbecue has come a long way since Dan and friends started a rib-cooking competition in 2011, and his inaugural entry-- tongs and all, literally caught fire (luckily, he’s a trained professional).

He loves the thrill of competition, the reward he gets from teaching others and the feeling of adventure that comes from forging his own path. As the guy in the front of the house, these are the things he’ll bring to Proud Souls, whether he’s serving to judges at a heated competition or teaching you the tricks and techniques he’s learned since starting that fire on his grill.

Dan currently lives with his family in Northwest Denver and when he’s not at the shop, you can usually find him working on remodeling projects at his house.


 

Our Crew

Chris Webb | General Manager

Chris is the newest member of the Proud Souls team and brings many years of experience in the BBQ industry as well as a passion for educating people in the art of BBQ.

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As an Army veteran Chris' travels have allowed him to experience a wide range of flavor profiles and cooking techniques that he is excited to share with whoever will listen.

Chris was born and raised on the gulf coast in South Alabama and loves the ocean but is proud to now call the Rocky Mountains his home. As an accomplished competition cook, Chris is sure to help take your backyard barbecue to the next level.

Chris currently resides in Colorado Springs and lives there with his wife who is an active duty service member. When Chris isn't at the shop you can find him testing new recipes at home or waiting for or watching college football. Go Auburn!

Frank Dominguez | Part-time Associate

The “Weekend Warrior” of Proud Souls, you will more than likely find Frank working on Saturdays and Sundays helping around the shop or delivering smokers to excited waiting customers.

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A Denver native who spent 8 years living in Mesa Arizona, Frank moved back to Colorado in 1992 where he spent several years working in the food service industry. As the head Pitmaster of the Championship winning D-5 BBQ Team, Frank’s BBQ journey started in 2012 when he met Jim Grasser with 303 BBQ thru a family get together. It was then that Jim spoke about the idea of doing competitive BBQ and sparked Frank’s interest. Jim and Frank spent several weekends cooking on Jim’s Traeger and started to learn the art of BBQ. 303 BBQ took the plunge and drove to Ft Riley Kansas to compete in their first competition and learned they showed up to a gun fight with a pocket knife. After a couple years of competing under the 303 name including competing in the 2015 America Royal, Frank with the encouragement of his wife and kids decided to create the D-5 BBQ Team.

Frank lives in Commerce City with his wife Amanda and 3 kids Becca, Frank JR, and Samantha. When not competing, Frank enjoys spending time with his family watching Broncos games as well as camping & fishing.