So let’s get one thing straight here before we go any further. I am a foodie. I enjoy eating mountains of food and have even been kicked out of all-you-can-eat restaurants. I once saw a documentary on Prader Willi syndrome and was convinced I had it. My love of food is immense, so when I was offered the chance to take up a ribs challenge involving incredibly hot chilli peppers, and it was at Red Dog Saloon I was completely on board. However, there is a large difference between being able to consume elephant portions and eating violently spicy food. This I found out.
For those of you not in the know Red Dog Saloon is an American themed restaurant in London. There are two locations (Hoxton and Clapham), and they are big fans of ribs and meaty goodness served up on a plate. If you enjoy getting down and dirty, with amazing tasting pieces of cow, smothered in darn good sauce; then then this is the place for you. Check out their menu here, and the challenge that I am about to describe to you is part of the menu for the next two weeks, so if you want to try it then head on down.
So I convinced a mate to come along with me (literally he will do anything for free food) and we entered the saloon in high hopes of winning the challenge.
What happened next was terrifying. We were greeted by the lovely gang at Universal who had put the whole event on to celebrate the release of A Million Ways to Die In The West, and I was assured that if we completed the challenge we would get a free DVD. This had now gone from a simple challenge to being something where I got free movies. Things were getting intense. We then had to sign a waiver in case we died. I was starting to get scared at this point. Gloves were supplied as the chilli is so hot it absorbs into the skin. We then were told the horrific rules:
Eat the first rib
Wait for 30 seconds
Eat the second
Wait for 30 seconds
Finish the third and final
All of this without drinking anything alongside. We were given milk to aid us when we had finished (milk really does help out with chillies) and so we were ready to attempt this very fun, but foolish challenge.
Then something terrible happened.
I completely failed at the challenge as did my friend. We had been assured that no other teams that day had failed, but I just couldn’t take it. The heat was intense and it was an enjoyable experience, but in the end it was simply that I couldn’t eat the gigantic ribs. After years of downing buffets and being that guy who is the human black hole, I was defeated. I felt more that I was going to throw up from the amount of meat I was eating rather than the heat sensation. That will teach you not to eat a large meal before taking these kinds of challenges on.
So we didn’t finish the challenge. I cried for about ten minutes, my lips and cheeks were in shock from the spice and the next day I dreaded going to the toilet.
But don’t let this deter you from visiting the Red Dog Saloon. I am going back with my sister next week to try the ribs as she literally has no problem with heat. She’ll fight for our family’s honour.