From towering burgers to fiery pizzas, America’s food challenges are not for the faint of heart. These contests stretch from coast to coast, offering daring diners the chance to test their mettle against outrageous portions and blistering spices. Whether it’s devouring an entire kitchen’s worth of ice cream or tackling a pizza larger than a car tire, each challenge packs a unique punch that draws crowds and creates legends. Here’s a rundown of the 10 wildest eating contests across the country, where glory is just a bite away.

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72 oz. Steak Challenge – The Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

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At The Big Texan Steak Ranch, challengers face off against a colossal 72 oz. steak, a shrimp cocktail, a baked potato, salad, and a buttered roll, all to be conquered within one hour.

The Kitchen Sink Challenge – San Francisco Creamery, Walnut Creek, California

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The challenge dares diners to devour 2 gallons of ice cream, smothered in whipped cream, nuts, and cherries in less than 60 minutes. We can just feel the stomachache from here.

Eagle’s Challenge – Eagle’s Deli, Boston, Massachusetts

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Eagle’s Deli presents a titanic test with their 5-pound burger layered with 20 slices of bacon and 20 slices of cheese, accompanied by fries and a pickle, all to be eaten in one sitting.

8th Wonder Challenge – Clinton Station Diner, Clinton, New Jersey

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Participants tackle a daunting 105-pound burger—yes, 105 pounds! This gargantuan meal is meant for a team, but finishing it is a legendary feat.

Hellfire Spicy Pizza Challenge – Flying Pie Pizzaria, Boise, Idaho

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Brave souls attempt to finish a large, extremely spicy pizza within a time limit. This pizza is so hot, competitors must sign a waiver before taking the challenge.

The 15 Dozen Club – Acme Oyster House, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Seafood lovers try their hand at consuming 15 dozen (180) oysters in one sitting. It’s a slippery, slurpy, and sometimes gritty endeavor that tests both will and stomach capacity.

The Big Fat Fatty Challenge – Fat Sal’s Deli, Los Angeles, California

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This challenge offers a monstrous sandwich filled with cheesesteak, cheeseburgers, pastrami, chicken fingers, bacon, mozzarella sticks, fried eggs, fries, onion rings, chili, marinara, and fat sauce. Finish in 40 minutes and it’s free!

The Inferno Bowl Challenge – Nitally’s Thai-Mex Cuisine, St. Petersburg, Florida

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Challengers face a bowl of soup so spicy, it comes with a health warning. Made with some of the hottest peppers available, finishing this soup is both a physical and mental battle.

Mt. Olympus Burger Challenge – The Greek Joint, Hollywood, Florida

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A massive 1-pound burger, layered with gyro meat, tzatziki, feta, olives, and more, served with a large Greek salad and a mountain of fries. Finishers join the restaurant’s Wall of Fame.

The Carnivore Pizza Challenge – Big Pie in the Sky, Kennesaw, Georgia

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Two people take on an 11-pound, 30-inch pizza loaded with every meat topping imaginable. If they finish in under an hour, they win the prize money.

11 Food Trends That Blew Up On Tiktok You Need To Try

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TikTok has quickly turned into a kitchen playbook for the curious and adventurous eater. It’s fascinating how a quick video can transform pantry staples into viral sensations overnight. If you’re looking to jazz up your meals and snacks with some creativity, here are 11 TikTok food trends that are worth the hype and ready for you to try.

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The Secret Steak-Cooking Method You’re Probably Missing Out

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Steak lovers understand that achieving the perfect steak is no small feat. Traditional methods such as open-flame grilling often struggle with temperature control, which can lead to unevenly cooked meat. Thankfully, the reverse sear method is gaining traction as a foolproof way to prepare steak. This simple yet effective technique involves cooking the steak low and slow to ensure even internal cooking, followed by a quick sear that produces a juicy, tender, and beautifully even result. Let’s walk through how simple it is to do.

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13 Innovative Food Apps That Are Changing The Way We Eat

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With smartphones as our constant companions, it’s no surprise that apps are revolutionizing the way we approach food and cooking. From reducing food waste to finding the best vegan eateries, there’s an app for nearly every dietary need. This article explores innovative apps that are changing our culinary landscape, making eating healthier, more sustainable, and a lot more interesting.

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