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Nassau County Firefighters Face Off In BBQ Grilling Throwdown

Rockville Centre, Bethpage Fire Departments Tie For First
Bethpage and Rockville Centre firefighters tied for first place (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Bethpage and Rockville Centre firefighters tied for first place (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

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WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Firefighters are turning up the heat on Long Island.

Some of Nassau County’s Bravest went head-to-head Friday in the Fifth Annual BBQ Grilling Throwdown.

The self-proclaimed best firehouse chefs had to impress a panel of  judges, including Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, to determine who could cook up the best barbecue dish.

For the first time in the competition’s history there was a tie for first place.

The Rockville Centre Fire Department and Bethpage Fire Department both came out on top.

Rockville Centre firefighter Jason Green shared his grilling secret, telling 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera, “Cook it low and slow, don’t rush it. It all takes time.”

Green said it wasn’t easy to wow the judges, but they had two signature dishes that won them over.

“I think it was the ribs, but we also had a very interesting burger that was both brisket and sirloin,” Green said.

With the July 4th holiday just days away, Chief John Murray, of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum, said the purpose of the showdown is to promote barbecue safety.

“People make the mistake of just opening up a grill, firing it up, and the next thing you know you have a gas leak or you have an explosion,” Murray said. “Clean the jets out before you ever attempt to light it.”

Last year's champions, the East Meadow Fire Department, came in third place at the 2013 cook-off. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

Last year’s champions, the East Meadow Fire Department, came in third place at the 2013 cook-off. (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

The event also benefits the Nassau County Firefighters Museum.

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