When you watch their program on TV THEY use the Thermapen. Maybe they were testing low cost solutions ?
I agree with their first place BBQ sauce. Bulls Eye is my favorite with KC second.
Micro stickburners FEC-120 & Traeger BBQ125, WSM 22.5 with BBQ Guru, 14" WSM, TEC infrared grill, Weber gasser and Ridiculously Fast Red Thermapen