That’s right, make your next vacation a nauseatingly good time with a tour of competitive-eating sites. As documented on Man vs. Food, the weekly show on Travel Channel, there are tons of food challenges to earn participants fame, free food, and the booby prize: major heartburn.
In case you’d like to do a national tour of eat-this-ungodly-amount-of-food-in-this-very-short-amount-of-time offers, Coupon Sherpa, a site devoted to coupon codes and promotions, compiled this list of free-food challenges.
Here are some of our top picks:
Big Texan Steak Ranch, Amarillo TX
If you can finish the 72-ounce steak (plus the roll, shrimp cocktail, garden salad, beans, and baked potato) under an hour, it’s yours for free along with a t-shirt, mug, and gluttony fame. If not, be ready to fork over $72 and a few years off your life. Of the 48,000 that have competed, 8,000 have made—one of which was a petite grandmother at age 65.
The West End Tavern, Boulder, CO
Diners who eat 50 wings (to the bone, the restaurant stipulates) in under 30 minutes get a T-shirt and a dozen free wings for another visit. Losers get berated with chicken insults.
Charlotte Savino is the online listings editor at Travel + Leisure.