[UPDATE – Reports of Kobayashi's bow-out from the contest are likely premature]
It ain't pretty, but it's become an Independence Day fixture. Nearly every year since 1916, the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest has drawn gustatory gladiators from around the globe to compete for the coveted Mustard Yellow Belt and gagging bragging rights awarded the trencherman who can jam the most dogs and buns down his or her gullet.
Reigning champion Joey Chesnut talks shoveling strategy, his rival Takeru Kobayashi's contract-based bow-out (Editor's note – he shares our suspicion that it's all a psych-out/hype stunt) and the art of staying svelte amidst caloric Armageddon.
(Oh and – Eatocracy pals Kristyn Pomranz and Katherine Steinberg's 'Hot Dogs: The Competitive Eating Musical' is set to hit Off-Off-Broadway stages in the late summer/early fall. Totally worth a trip to NYC, we think.)
It wasnt even close. Np wonder Kobayashi ran up on stage..I'd be pissed too!
I just got hungry....LUNCH TIME
I watched how these guys train for the contest...THAT made my throw up and swallow it
I was told when I was five that hot dogs were made from real puppies. Having just lost my dog, this sufficiently traumatized me to the point where I couldn't eat them for many years. By the time I was a junior in high school, I felt comfortable with the idea of eating a hot dog, seeing as I knew they weren't made from real dogs at that point. However, that point in time coincided with the week my history teacher felt it was a great idea to introduce us to "The Jungle". I couldn't eat meat for a week, which is saying something seeing as red meat is practically all I eat. Not too long ago, I felt comfortable once again with eating a hot dog....and then I watched the "How It's Made" episode that featured hot dogs.
Hot dogs and I were never meant to be.
This is great! ahahaha
These people can tickle my pickle till it trickles.
JOEY! I did my part in chasing off Kobayashi!
now you gotta do yours and keep the title in America! USA! LETS DO THIS!
What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor? "Make me one with everything."
I LIKE HIS MEATY DOG IN ME!!!!!!!!!! GOBBLE GOBBLE MOFO
stupidest contest in the world. A waste of hotdogs
Can we donate this food to the needy instead? Just sayin'.
Remember reading "The Jungle", by Upton Sinclair? Required reading in most high schools; that, I'm sure, is where the "everything but the squeal" myths originated. Hopefully we have a meatpacking industry that's better regulated today, but who knows?
Besides, Nathan's are kosher. OK, so maybe that should be "everything but the moo, bark and meow."
Now I'm hungry.
Hot dog diet or not you could be dead at 40.
I love hot dogs...and I'm gay.....it's a win-win
What Chestnut and all the other eaters may not realize is that all the cholesterol is going into their arteries and slowly building up. When they are about 40, they could be dead.
....but they will be well preserved by all the nitrates.
I'm pretty sure the doctor Joey visits every 4 months to monitor his health already knows all about the cholesterol danger. Besides, Joey seems to be in better shape than most people who don't eat "evil" hot dogs.
Actually, hot dogs are not all that American. They have origins in Germany. Bring on the brats and knockwurst!
I love Joey, makes us San Jose natives proud!
And by the way hot dogs are delicious! There is nothing wrong with what they put in them, especially the Kosher dogs. Stop being a crybaby that it's gross – so we're using the entire animal, so what. A little mustard and some onion and...yum!
Europe and Asia eat some weird stuff too, sorry it offends you laurab68 – you should try and think about where that chicken in the grocery store comes from and what it goes through to be wrapped up all nice and pretty for your sensitive little hands.
Sorry Walker, my hands are far from sensitive.
Yes I'm a health nut. I think we have all figured this out by now lol. If teaching my kids to eat healthy by example makes me a bad person, then I think I can live with that.
As for the chicken I buy. I buy it from a free range farmer who also believes in feeding his chickens chemical free corn and grains. Straight from the farm fresh.
Um, free range chicken. You do realize that they eat poop, dead stuff – including each other? Oh yeah, ask anybody who raises chickens, they will eat anything. As opposed to the chickens raised on chicken farms – grain only. Huh, which one is better? Toss up. Kids can eat healthly and still enjoy an occasional trip to the wild side. Hot Dogs! Gotta love 'em.
you know, you will be the one to get hit by a bus after trying so hard to be a health nut.
Go deny your kids all the fun things about being a kid. I dont care what kind of chickens, peanut butter or anything else you give your kids. Choking on a hotdog? Jeeze I could get hit my a car later too gime a break. Keep your kids inside because they might get hurt.
Strategy: Eat fast.
Anybody denigrating the Hot Dog has obviously never had a Kosher Dog. Most of the store brands, Oscar Meyer, Ball Park, they're all pretty crummy. But seriously, try a Kosher Dog, and you'll want to turn Jewish.
Nah, too greasy.. All beef franks are harder on the heart too.
YESSSSS, than you Jman!! That tale of hotdogs being made out of pigs snout was probably made up by McDonalds... lol
I know his REAL strategy. He had his entire colon removed to speed up the pooping process. Hot dogs go in, hot dogs come out into a bag.
over a million children a WEEK die of malnourishment (starvation) and we think this is cool?????????????
Pity the state of your soul America!
Who cares? There are too many people in the world as it is and the reason those children aren't being fed is not because there's not enough food... it generally has to do with political corruption. To make matters worse, if countries were to provide food aid, these children would simply grow up to be pregnant adults who are only capable of accepting aid and I think you've got a cycle there. Yeah it sucks but all species will breed to the point of maximum population and hey what'dya know... some of the organisms start to die off. Life's not fair.
Jeez, D, we're talkin' about weenies.
I guarantee you that in all of the countries where "over a million children a WEEK die of malnourishment (starvation)" there is a corrupt ruling class making themselves rich from the resources of that country and the foreign aid sent to them for distribution. Pity the naivete of your mind D!
either a corrupt ruling class or a religion! Both equally as blind to the fate of the poor biomass.
Yep and if it werent for the heart and soul of Americans there would be a lot more starving. Take a hike.
I love HOT DOGS. it is the American food just like french fries and Hamburgers. Gross!!! do you know what they serve you at restuarants if they are clean or not. I never heard of anyone who DIED of eating hotdogs
You've never heard of someone choking to death from eating a hotdog? The are acutally the perfect size and shape to get stuck in your airway from doing stupid things like.....oh I don't know, maybe trying to shove as many down your gullet in a few minutes as you physically can.
Do a google search on it.
I'll take 2 to go..
High five to Jman
Are hot dogs really made from pigs' snouts and unused meat scraps? Contrary to popular belief, hot dogs are not made from left-over meat laying around on the floors of meat-packing houses. Whether it is pork or beef that is stuffed into a hot dog, the meat trimmings are carefully selected just like the meat you buy in your grocer's coolers.
Most recipes for hot dogs combine together a tasty blend of favorite meats (pork, beef, chicken, or turkey), meat fat, a cereal filler which could be either bread crumbs, flour, or oatmeal, a little bit of egg white, and a mouth-watering array of herbs and seasonings including garlic, pepper, ground mustard, nutmeg, salt, and onion.
Once these ingredients are grinded together, the stuffing is squeezed into sausage casings. Many of the hot dogs sold in stores are enclosed in synthetic cellulose casings, but most home-made hot dogs are made out of natural animal intestines.
Following the stuffing process is the pre-cooking cycle in which the hot dog links are tossed into boiling water for approximately 15 minutes. Finally, the dogs are packaged, loaded on delivery trucks, and sent off to food markets.
Your word choice makes me think you're part of the Hot Dog Workers' Union, but I don't care. I love me some hot dogs. Thanks for clearing up The Misunderstood Meat.
Nope, Just an Illinois State worker that likes hot dogs. I just googled hot dog and found that.
You got it! Love that hot-dog goodness!
I know what goes into hotdogs. I where my steaks come from. I know how the life the veal had before it made it to my plate. I know all of this...and yet myself, and millions of other people still enjoy it know the origins.
Do you eat Jello? Do you know where that comes from?
good times. you scold her for prejudging you, and you then do it to her all in the same post. funny stuff.
Yes Amber, eye for an eye. Tooth for tooth. Whatever it takes to make jell-o or hot dogs..
I'm not pre-judging anyone. I've seen first hand what goes into hotdogs and quite frankly wouldn't touch them with a fork. Yes I know what goes into Jell-o, and other than Kraft's natural peanut butter I boycott pretty much all of their products due to their sheer lack of respect to the customers health with all the transfat they put into their products.
Look, if you enjoy hot dogs, knock yourself out! Eat as many and as much as you like! As for myself personally, I wouldn't touch them with a 10 foot long fork. To each their own.
Well, laurab68 , Well, instead of eating a hot dog, you chould have still used a hot dog. Then you wouldnt be a single mother. See they still have a purpose.
I'm a single mother because my husband was killed by a drunk driver.
what's with the 1 purple sock?
I'm sorry but hot dogs are just gross to begin with. If we all really knew what went into a hot dog and had all the ingredients put in front of them invidually, you would never put one in your mouth ever again! So I'm guessing that when this man either chokes to death or dies from a heart attack, he'll make news again.
JEEZ, laurab68, lighten up, will ya? I'll bet you're a hit at parties.
Sorry i0dukkha, I'm a single mom to 2 small kids, I am all they have and I have to take my health seriously. To have the energy to run after a toddler and a soon to be 7 year old and to teach them to eat well, I have to be their role model. If more Americans learned how to eat properly our Nation wouldn't be suffering the sheer amounts of obesity that we are. I would rather my kids learn right from the start than to have to hopefully not deal with type 2 diabetes later on in life.
And yes I throw great parties.
That's why you gobble them down as fast as the champ...it dampers the grossing out............Burp!
Uhh, I do know what's in 'em... don't really care. Some cultures eat bugs, others wolf down wolves... horses, dogs, cats, humans... people will eat whatever they will eat. As the late great George Carlin said, Don't like it? Don't eat it!
Never make your thoughts available to the public ever again. Trust me.
Don't they throw out the hotdogs afterward?
Not the case in Kosher hot dogs.
I guess I'd eat five hot dogs before I spent five minutes in the
company of someone so negative. So what about the parts in
a hot dog. Do you realize what the people in many other parts
of the world eat just to survive?
Wait, hot dogs are bad for you? When did this happen and why wasn't I told?
Moderation wins the day. Hot dogs are my favorite food, and I love them on the fourth.
No one's a villain for eating the occasional dog; the Germanic countries have made an art of them! With that in mind, so long as salads, fresh fruit, whole wheat, and the rest of the good stuff is included in your diet, who cares?
No one gets any friends by forcing ideology on others.
Whoa laurab68, you really do need to lighten up
I would suggest Zoloft, Prozac, or maybe just start drinking
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