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So… Who’s Hungry?

Posted on: May 11th, 2011 by Rodney Hartwig No Comments

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“Hey man, you interested in eating a shit ton of food for absolutely no reason at all?” – That’s the message I sent a buddy of mine to see if he was interested in joining me for the Big Earls BBQLeg of Beast Feast Competition” on May 24th. The skinny on it is teams of 6 will compete to see which team can eat 30 pounds of food the fastest.

Wait, what?

Of Food.

Most people look at that statement and think, “That’s insane!” I look at it and think, “Hell. Yes!” So I immediately put out the call for people who wanted to try to tackle… Wait are you with me? I know, I know, THIRTY POUNDS!

Anyway, I started rounding up buddies who were interested in trying to consume 5 pounds of food each. It’s a ridiculous challenge, I know, but hey makes for one hell of a great story, am I right?

The breakdown, according to Mouth By Southwest, is as such:

  • 20 Pounds of Meat. (In the everyday Leg of Beast Feast on the menu it’s either braised beef or ham shank)
  • 1 Pound of Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • 1 Pound of Baked Beans
  • 1 Pound of Collard Greens
  • 1 Pound Potato Salad
  • 1 Pound cole slaw
  • 1 Pound of French Fries
  • 1 Pound of Wedge Salad
  • 1 Pound Corn Bread
  • 1 Pound of Fried Pickles
  • 1 Pecan & Date Pie


Wheeew. I’m getting the meat sweats just thinking about it. Let’s put this in perspective. You know those Texas steakhouses with the 64oz sirloin? This is SEVEN AND A HALF of those. You know that meal you just watch Adam Richman eat on ManVsFood? This is like 10 of those. You remember Calista Flockhart? This is like 2 of her! (Numbers approximate, could be 3 Calistas)


Am I entering this competition? Oh, there is no doubt. Will I make a damn fool of myself? There is already a rich history of that, so no problem there. Just pray there are no reversals of fortune, cuz that. aint. pretty.

If you are interested in getting a team together, find 5 buddies willing to chip in on the entry fee of $60 per team (and distend their stomachs for a few days) and email Check out @BigEarlsBBQ or for additional info.

Now I’m not saying someone might die, I’m just saying.

Big Earls BBQ | 7213 E First Ave. | Scottsdale AZ | 85251 | 480-947-6800

Written by Rodney Hartwig, Adventures in Cuisine

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About the Author - Rodney Hartwig

Rodney Hartwig is a Phoenix native currently living in Portland, OR. He sometimes eats crazy amounts of food, and always enjoys it. When he is not writing for Phoenix Bites, he is wondering what he will write next, eating, or running half marathons. Follow him on twitter at @thatrodneyguy.

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