Death Valley Calls All ‘Whimpers’ for Wings Eating Competition

Death Valley is hosting a chicken wings eating competition on the 16th of February. Contestants will have to finish six pieces of chicken wings drenched in Teek’s Carolina Reaper Wing Sauce.

Sounds easy, doesn’t it? Not quite.

Teek’s Carolina Reaper sauce is made from Carolina Reaper chillies, the hottest chilli in the world, according to the Guinness World Records. It actually beats Australia’s very own Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T” grown by The Chilli Factory which was the Guinness’ hottest in 2011.

Carolina Reapers
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Trinidad Scorpion Butch T Pepper
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Carolina Reaper chillies average 1,569,300 Scoville Heat Units or SHU, the units used to measure the heat of food. It can get as hot as 2,200,000 SHU. The jalapeño pales in comparison at only 2500 and 5,000 units.

Death Valley claims that their wings menu is the hottest that anyone can get from any establishment all across Brisbane because of this house-brand wings sauce. This, the slated competition is aptly called the “HOT AF HOT WING CHALLENGE.”

Contestants will each be given six wings soaked in the Hot AF Carolina Reaper sauce. They have to wipe their plates clean like they have just been taken out from the washer. Not a drop of sauce should be left behind. They are also not allowed to drink anything as they finish up their wings. Lastly, contestants should be more than willing to have their photos taken before, during, and after eating.

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The Carolina Reaper’s initial fruity and sweet taste, similar to a hint of cinnamon, should not fool anyone. Death Valley jokes that they’re “not so sure if the only dude to eat 6 is still alive”.

The world’s hottest chilli is cultivated by Ed Currie from the PuckerButt Pepper Company based in South Carolina. It has taken him 10 years to perfect the crossing between Sweet Habanero and Naga Viper chillies.

So what’s at stake?

Those who will finish their six pieces of wings will receive $30 tabs of Fonzie Abbott beer, a brand that will also have a tap takeover in the same night. They will also receive the Death Valley Beer Cult Lighter a month before other patrons receive theirs. They will also be invited to an exclusive end-of-year dinner paid for Death Valley. More importantly, they get to have bragging rights to eating (and surviving!) the world’s hottest chillies!

On a side note, Carolina Reaper is rich in capsaicin which is known to have cancer-fighting properties. The chilli fruit, which was commonly misidentified as a vegetable, also makes the body produce endorphins after consumption.

To know more about the competition, please click here.