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Pit BBQ Grillers Gather From Across The U.S. For 5th Annual Skewered Apple Competition

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 YAKIMA, WA.-  The Tree Top Skewered Apple BBQ Championship was held Sunday afternoon. Over sixty teams from all over the Pacific Northwest gathered to compete for a top prize of $10,000 and a shot at the world food competition in Las Vegas.

 This was the competitions 5th year hosted by tree top apple juice. They began the competition after many pit grillers started using apple juice to tenderize the meat they use.

Tree Top CEO, Tom Stokes told KNDO the competition draws in a lot of teams but the alure this year was the chance for national ranking.

  "$27,000 worth of prize money and the grand winner takes home $10,000 and it's very important to them, but probably the really important things is qualifying for the national events," Stokes told us.

 They have teams submitting brisket, chicken, ribs, even pork shoulder. These pit grillers all have a shot at making it to the world food competition in Las Vegas

 The competition gets heated at times, but teams told us it's all about the good food and friends.

"There is a bit of stiff competition, but the underlying theme is that there's a general respect and its just simply fun," Head Pit Master of Sugars BBQ, Lynnae Oxley, told us.

  Oxley and her team at Sugars BBQ competed on Discovery Americas show BBQ Pit Masters, where her team placed second overall. But she told us ever since then she's been busy traveling, competing and catering all over the Pacific Northwest. She told us some of the best competitions are in Washington state, "This is not unlike what you'll find in Kansas or Texas at competitions, the flavors will be different, and the styles will be different but, competition is competition."

The competition wrapped up around six on Sunday, but if you'd like information on the winners or who will be advancing to the world food competition in Las Vegas you can check out their website skeweredapple.com