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BBQ event serves up best national food

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Selah, WASH.--The third annual Tree Top Skewered Apple BBQ Championship is back, and top competitors from around the nation are ready to start cooking.

The event has relocated from downtown Yakima, and is now in the parking lot of Tree Top.

The 2-day event brings competitive BBQ teams from all over. There are teams from Canada, Portland and one of the organizers said there's even a team from Sydney, Australia.

66 teams will compete for a grand prize of $10,000.

They must cook chicken, ribs, brisket and pork for a panel of judges from the Pacific Northwest Barbeque Association.

Chase Carpenter said, "We are {excited}. How could you not be. It's a pretty big prize."

Rusty Johnson said, "I am not playing around. I've got everything down pat. I don't think there's anything that I've left up to chance. I'm not trying anything new today. Everything's been working for me."

The event started Saturday afternoon, but the main competition starts Sunday morning. Gates open at 11 a.m.

It costs $10 to enter and proceeds go to the Yakima Valley Museum and Junior Achievement of Washington.

Tom Stokes, the CEO of Tree Top said when they realized apple juice was a main ingredient for barbequing, he thought this event would be the perfect fit.