Tree Top Selects Finalists in America's Best Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off

Thu Jun 23, 2011 5:44pm EDT

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  SELAH, WA, Jun 23 (MARKET WIRE) -- 
Tree Top, the only major brand of apple juice made from 100 percent USA
apples, invited firehouses from around the nation to enter their most
delicious, mouth-watering BBQ recipes using Tree Top products. America's
Best Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off is off to a smokin' start and Tree Top is
excited to announce the 10 finalists -- and recipes -- entered for a
chance to win the $10,000 grand prize:

--  Spokane Fire Station #13: Tony's Puleihu BBQ Sauce (Spokane, Wash.)
--  Jefferson Township Fire Department Stations 60 and 62: Riggsby's
    Chicken (Dayton, Ohio)
--  Snohomish County Fire Protection District 26 Station 54: Stop, Drop
    and BBQ Chicken (Gold Bar, Wash.)
--  Portland Fire and Rescue State Hazmat Station 7: Tree Top Fresh,
    Applewood Smoked Chicken (Portland, Ore.)
--  Selah Fire Department Station 1: Firemen Like It Hot!! (Selah, Wash.)
--  Setauket Fire Department Hook Ladder Co. #1: The West End Truck Slow
    Cooked Ribs aka H & L Ribs (Setauket, N.Y.)
--  East Litchfield Volunteer Fire Company: Carolina Apple Smoked Pork
    Sandwiches (Litchfield, Conn.)
--  South Whatcom Fire Authority Station 22: 22 House's Pulled Pork
    (Bellingham, Wash.)
--  Ashley Community Fire Protection District Station 1: BBQ Chicken Apple
    Wraps (Ashley, Ill.)
--  Yakima County Fire District 6 Gleed Fire Station 1: Gleed's Favorite
    Goop (Yakima, Wash.)


The top 10 finalists were asked to create a short video to convince
America and the judges that their firehouse -- and recipe -- are the best
and most deserving of the $10,000 prize. Beginning today through July 29,
America is invited to vote online for their favorite video. Vote once a
day to select the People's Choice winner at 

    "We were thrilled to see BBQ recipe submissions from throughout the
country, Washington State to Connecticut and in between," said Sharon
Miracle, corporate communications manager for Tree Top. "Not only did we
get a chance to enjoy the recipes, but each firehouse photo and essay
reminded us about the great men and women who serve our communities every

    The grand prize winner of America's Best Firehouse BBQ Cook-Off will be
selected by a panel of judges, which includes Audra Lowe from BetterTV,
BBQ Addicts, authors of BBQ Makes Everything Better, and Allison Parker,
MS, RD, director of consumer health and education for the U.S. Apple
Association. Additionally, the online people's voting score counts toward
the judging panel.

    About Tree Top
 Since 1960, Tree Top has provided premium, quality
juices, fruit based products and ingredients to consumers and most of the
world's leading food and beverage manufacturers. The grower-owned
cooperative operates fruit processing facilities in the heart of
Washington's apple country, Oregon and California. With more than 1,000
growers, the co-op creates the widest array of fruit-based products and
ingredients available on the market. Tree Top's passion and attention to
quality and craftsmanship make it the first choice for customers. For
more information, visit 


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