Here at Bite Me More, we love some good ol’ competition every now and then. There’s nothing like a friendly rivalry to ignite the fire within us, keep us on our toes and whisk us away into the heat of the moment. With the Fourth of July approaching, we can’t help but get excited for what is probably the most buzzed about competition in the food world, and that is Nathan’s Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest. This Thursday, thousands will travel to New York’s Coney Island to witness one of the world’s most “unique sporting events” that has grown to such fame it is even broadcast on ESPN. Last year’s male winner, Joey Chestnut, consumed a whopping 69 hot dogs in 10 minutes to beat his own world record. We can hardly fathom it. Will you be watching to see if he can do it again?
If you can believe it, this sport has everything from laid-out rules to thought-out tactics, preparation and recovery. And it doesn’t just stop at hot dogs – throughout the United States, Canada and Japan (countries where competitive eating is most popular), food will run the gamut from hamburgers to pies, pancakes, chicken wings, pizza, ribs, and even turkey in honor of thanksgiving. While at once we are disgusted, we are also simultaneously fascinated by the determination and digestion capabilities of some humans.
On the one hand, we are tempted to say have some fun and conduct some eating competitions of your own, but on the other, perhaps this is one feast you should not try at home. But if your eyes are bigger than your stomach, or if you’re keeping the heat in the kitchen in preparation for your family meal, here are some recipes and decor to consider for your main event: