Friday, 15 July 2011 00:00
Fairway Market and the Nassau County Firefighters Museum and Education Center challenged the self-proclaimed best firehouse chefs in Nassau County to a Barbecue Cook-Off on Friday, July 1 at the Nassau County Firefighters Museum at 399 Charles Lindbergh Blvd. in Uniondale. In the spirit of the holiday weekend, teams of firefighters from Nassau County competed against each other in the Fairway Firefighter Rib Rivalry and Burger Battle to see who makes the best barbecue ribs and hamburgers on Long Island and to remind everyone of important grilling safety tips.
As it turned out, the North Massapequa Fire Department fared quite well, finished second in the rib rivalry contest.
The winner of the Fairway Firefighter Rib Rivalry and Burger Battle was chosen by an esteemed panel of judges featuring: chef turned “Sopranos” actor Joseph Gannascoli, Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, Anton Community Newspapers and publisher Angela Anton and Fairway’s own master butcher and TV personality, Ray Venezia.
The Nassau County fire departments that participated in this heated competition included: Bethpage FD, Freeport FD, North Massapequa FD, Rockville Centre FD, and Syosset FD. The Syosset Fire Department came in first place and the Bethpage Fire Department came in third place.
The Firefighter Rib Rivalry and Burger Battle was sponsored by Fairway Market, which supplied each team of firefighters with a $100 shopping card to pick up it’s ribs, burgers, toppings, secret ingredients and spices. The firehouse chefs turned their creative shopping night into delectable barbecue ribs and burgers. Equipped with slow cookers, barbecues, smokers and fire department T-shirts, volunteer firefighters put their cooking skills to the test by preparing their signature firehouse ribs and burgers for the judges.