Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The Heat

A year and a half ago, I wrote a funny article on things you shouldnt eat (but that I had).

When I was in grade school, I would stare into the fridge when I was bored. If there was nothing to eat, I'd take hot sauce and put it on a piece of bread. I'd keep eating Hot Sauce & Bread until I was sweaty and in pain. See? Boredom Gone.

My ability to withstand & actually enjoy hotsauce grew with me over time and by college people would bring me hotsauce the same way you might buy a friend a bottle of wine or beer. I always assumed that I would find my way into some Hot Chili Eating Contest at some Texas Sate Fair or something. I hadnt thought about Competitve Eating.

This weekend I continue my Competitve Eating career with a Jalapeno Eating Contest. If you like Hot Peppers, than you consider Jalapenos to be Entry Level stuff. These ones will be pickled, so the heat wont be too bad. The problem of course will be in the QTY.

I've been so bogged down with freelance work and life I havent had a chance to properly train for this, but I hope to get a run in soon to see whats involved. The world record is close to 200 Peppers. I would like to eat more than 100, but that's an uneducated guess as I've never competed in them before. It sounds like a good number though.

I expect to get sweaty and also for the boredom to be gone. More later.


Liz said...

I can't really fathom these hot pepper competitions. You guys have incredible tolerance for pain.

katrocket said...

Good luck to you!

Gnightgirl said...

I tried some hot sauce at a festival this weekend that, on the hot-o-meter, read "stupid hot." I'm convinced it traveled through my head and put a blister on my left eardrum.

Good luck!

Chris said...

Pickled peppers? Geesh... Good luck!

Mega Munch said...

Good luck man! You already know this, but if heat is an issue I guess milk would be good to drink. Better yet, a milkshake perhaps?

Ever since my nugget challenge and realizing how well the shake helped wash down the last 10 nuggets, I'm conviced that there's something about the sweet, coldness of melted ice cream that really helps when you can't possibly eat another bite -- hot food or no hot foods. At least for me.

steakbellie said...

I'm more concerned about the aftermath than the actual contest.

gnightgirl, I dont know if you were kidding, but I've eaten some habanero peppers that gave me a similar feeling in my ears. it was very weird!

Chris said...

When my dad eats ketchup a little spot on the back of his head, about the size of an old silver dollar, gets hot and turns read. You can feel it. It's strange.

Only with ketchup.

I can't imagine eating that many peppers... I'm from Iowa. We consider ketchup a spice.

katrocket said...

OMG Chris - your dad's ketchup trick is the best!

P.S. - Sorry if it's more of a medical condition than a trick.

Gnightgirl said...

I wasn't kidding. Embellishing maybe, about the blister, but my inner ears were definitely steamed up.