Birmingham eating challenges and contests category

Three random Birmingham eating challenges
10 in burger Bigman's Burger Challenge Bigman's Harpersville, AL total weight is 4.25 lbs.
3.5 lb. burger Blackwell Behemoth Blackwell's Pub Cahaba Heights, AL
4 sandwiches The Tin Roof Challenge The Tin Roof sandwiches are grilled chicken, peanut butter, honey includes 32oz. milk - locations in Nashville, Lexington, KY, Columbia, SC Knoxville, Birmingham, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Louisville, Cincinnati & Charlottte
(All Birmingham eating challenges and contests in database)

Gage Talent has a casting call for a restaurant commerical with a rib eating contest to be filmed in Birmingham, AL later this month. The listed compensation is: 600 Session Fee, $3,100 Usage Fee x 3 years. $75 Fitting Fee. Plus $200 travel, pre-paid hotel, per diem.
Jubilee Joe's in Pelham, AL will hold a crawfish eating contest on April 21 awarding $500 to the winner.
Yardbird Chicken Co in Trussville, AL will hold a wing eating contest Saturday awarding a 55 inch TV.
Dale Boone won yesterday's eating contest at Heat Pizza Bar in Tuscaloosa, AL.
Jubilee Joe's will hold a crawfish eating contest in Pelham, AL on April 22 awarding $500 to the winner.

Mugshots Challenge schedule

Mugshots will hold a burger eating contest in Covington, LA awarding $5000 to the winner. Qualifiers awarding $1000 will be held in Birmingham on June 5 and Vestavia Hills, AL on June 19.
Jubilee Joe's Crawfish Boil will hold a crawfish eating contest in Pelham, AL on April 23 awarding $500 to the winner.
The Tuscaloosa Krispy Kreme Challenge near the University of Alabama will take place on Saturday and award a total of $1600 ($400 to the top male & female). Entrants will run a mile, eat a dozen doughnuts, then run a mile to return to the start. has a report on yesterday's Moon Pie Eating Contest at Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park in McCalla, AL. Over 60 competitors ate a total of 384 Moon Pies. has a gallery and video from the pecan pie eating contest held in Birmingham yesterday won by Eric "Silo" Dahl.
The National Pro-Am Pecan Pie Eating Championship will be held in Birmingham, Alabama on May 12. Eric "Silo" Dahl will be the pro, and he is billed as the "#1 ranked profesional eater" (without any qualifications). It is not clear if Dahl still merits the top ranking among AICE/APE competitors after Stephanie Torres' victory in an Arizona contest Saturday where he was a no-show. update The phrasing has been changed to "#1 Ranked Professional Eater as ranked by All Pro Eating" (via email)
Pelham Reporter reports that Dale Boone won a rib eating contest at the Texas Roadhouse in Pelham, Alabama by eating 43 ribs in 8 minutes. update CBS 42 has a video update #2 has a gallery
The Atlanta & Birmingham Krystal qualifier posts below have been updated with more links.

Badlands Booker is best in Birmingham

update Sep 15/b> Official Krystal blog entry | gallery | video

update #2 Full results are available on

updateThe official top 3 have been announced

1) Eric “Badlands” Booker 51
2) Erik Unger 42
3) Anthony Reganato 37

Unger and Reganato were the first pair to complete the Carnivore Challenge at Big Pie in the Sky

The qualifier at the University of Alabama Birmingham has started on the KSO twitter. Erik Unger is close behind Badlands Booker.

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Kobayashi sets Krystal qualifier record w/89

update #5Andrew “Skinnyboy” Lane has a trip report

update #4 The Krystal Square Off blog has a contest report which says that Kobayashi ate 100 burgers in 8 minutes the day before the contest. There is also a gallery in which Kobayashi shows off his post-contest stomach. has another article

update #3 has a gallery

update #2 UAB student life has some short videos. The contest was not held inside the stadium

update Steve Ramirez was second w/24, the 3.5+ ratio might still be a record.

According to the Krystal Square Off twitter, Kobayashi ate 89 Krystals in Birmingham today, breaking Joey Chestnut’s qualifier record by 2. Super Paul ate 20. The 4+ ratio between first and second place might be an IFOCE record.

Here is a flashback to another famous international visitor to Alabama – a video of the Rolling Stones recording “Wild Horses” in Muscle Shoals before the infamous Altamont concert.

The most significant previous intersection of competitive eating and UAB athletics probably occurred when UAB soccer player Pam Cooney became half of the first all female pair to finish the Pointersaurus Pizza challenge.

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Link Buffet: September 19, 2008

  • Badlands Booker, Paul Barlow and Andrew Lane are the other listed entrants for the Birmingham qualifier, but Booker’s twitter says he will probably pass on the contest and hope 51 suffices for a wild card
  • NYC Famous Famigila pizza contest prize format restructured according to comment – first prize reduced to $5,000 and number of cash prizes increased to 7
  • Article with the official results and video about the Chicago jalapeno contest
  • Article about Stu Mesnier’s attempt to repeat as St. Louis sushi champion
  • MissBusyLady unveils her apparel for female competitive eating fans.

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New poll: Kobayashi’s margin at the Birmingham qualifier

The new poll asks what you think will be the difference between Kobayashi and the next closest finisher at the Birmingham qualifier.

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Birmingham qualifier moved inside UAB stadium

The Krystal Square Off blog reports that the Birmingham qualifier has been moved inside Legion Field and will take place on the field before the football game between UAB and Alabama State. The original location was the Blazer Village outside the stadium.

This will require qualifier spectators to purchase tickets for the game. Ticket prices are $25 for reserved seats and $15 for general admission.

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Kobayashi to compete in Birmingham qualifier

The Krystal Square Off blog reports that Takeru Kobayashi will compete at the Krystal qualifier in Birmingham on September 20. This will be Kobayashi’s first qualifier since he won the Krystal qualifier in Jacksonville in 2004.

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Tuscaloosa contest delayed for Joey has an article about today’s Krystal qualifier, which did not start at its expected time:

That craziness almost derailed the final Krystal Square Off qualifier Saturday. Scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. on the Quad, the event was delayed nearly half an hour as event planners waited for the arrival of world champion eater Joey Chestnut, who was stuck in game-day traffic.

The article also reports that Joey ate 83 burgers and not the 87 on and

If the contest started without Joey, Jim Reeves would have the wild card slot taken by Tim Brown. also has footage of the 2 minute prequalifiers (from Paul Barlow) also has some videos (from Paul Barlow)

footage of entire contest
Tim Brown post-contest interview

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Tuscaloosa Krystal field

The field for today’s Krystal qualifier at the University of Alabama has been posted. Ranked eaters in that list are:
Joey Chestnut
Tim Brown
Juris Shibayama
Loren Yarbrough
Marco Marquez
Super Paul Barlow

The page describes the wild card scenarios:

Shibayama’s one Krystal advantage gives him the tie-breaker should he and Brown tie for a Wildcard Spot. To earn a Wildcard, Shibayama must finish with 41 or more Krystals, or he must eat 40 Krystals and Brown finish with 40 or less. To claim a Wildcard, Brown must finish with 41 or more Krystals, or 40 Krystals and finish ahead of Shibayama.

Full results from the Jackson, MS qualifier have yet to be posted.

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