Barbecue food is delicious, we wouldn’t be writing about it on this blog if we didn’t think that, but too much of it obviously isn’t good for your body. So, as long as you enjoy it in moderation on a nice clean and efficient barbecue cooker then you should be absolutely fine. However, if you’ve ever watched Man v Food (of which I am a big fan) then you’ll have noticed that the USA, land of the free, is home to some giant gut-busting plates of food that your stomach may let out a whimper at as soon as your eyes look on to them.
Chief among these creations are plenty of barbecued foods, a type of food that Americans – particularly Texans – remain extremely fond of and quite rightly so! The following creations may look quite tasty, but these gut-busting plates of food are really quite unhealthy to eat on your own. If your stomach can handle it and you’re up to the challenge then you could tackle one of the following, but we don’t recommend you make it a regular occurrence!
1. First up is a creation I’ve actually eaten myself when I had a holiday to Florida way back in 2000. I was amazed at the massive amounts of food that Americans seemed to consume, with big portions that I could not possibly consume all by myself, especially given that I was only 13 at the time. In our 3 weeks over there we ate at the fast food restaurant Denny’s quite a bit, and one time I decided to order the ‘Lumberjack Slam’ after a burger I had eaten a few days before was so big that I had to cut it in half. Looking at it now I could have sworn it was bigger, but it was a lot of food for me at the time, adding up to 1170 calories. You get two buttermilk pancakes, a slice of grilled ham, two bacon strips, two sausage links, two eggs, hash browns and choice of bread. It was actually quite nice, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t manage to finish it all!
2. Here’s one you can make all by yourself, as this link handily provides the recipe for the ‘Bacon Explosion’ which is apparently “the BBQ sausage recipe of all recipes”. Whether you’d actually want to cook it or not is another question, but I must admit that it does actually look quite tasty! Basically you’re taking 2 pounds of thick cut bacon, 2 pounds of Italian sausage, with 1 jar of your favourite barbecue sauce and another jar of your favourite barbecue rub. You’ll end up wrapping up your sausage in the bacon, creating one giant thick beast of a creation that will hopefully actually fit on your barbecue in the first place! Maybe this is one to share with all the family, including your extended family and possibly all your neighbours!
For something similar have a look at the Bacon Steak Rolls in the BBQPitBoys video below.
3. To be honest the following burger is, quite simply, ridiculous. The Quadruple Bypass Burger is served at the appropriately named Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. This burger holds a Guinness World Record for being the “most calorific burger” with an absolutely massive 9,982 calories packed into its many layers. Given that the daily advised calorie consumption limit for men is 2,500 calories that’s almost four days’ worth of calories in one burger! With 20 slices of bacon, four ½ pound beef patties and plenty of cheese it’s no wonder!
The restaurant has a policy that anyone over 350lb can eat for free providing one of the ‘doctors and nurses’ waiters and waitresses can weigh them to confirm it. I think that just pretty much sums up how silly this restaurant is, and how dangerously unhealthy it would be to eat there on a regular basis.
4. We love to barbecue up some burgers, so here’s another one. Unfortunately this is probably one best avoided if you want to maintain some unclogged arteries, and the Center for Science in the Public Interest in the USA agrees. The Johnny Rockets bacon cheddar double burger made the list of “dis-honorees” in the Xtreme Eating Awards, a list made up of foods that are “extremely high in calories, saturated fat and salt or sugar”. This burger has 1,770 calories, which is more than three McDonald’s Quarter Pounders with cheese put together (1,570 calories). It’s made up of two beef patties, four cheese slices, four strips of bacon and sauce. Plus, if you add sweet potato fries and a ‘Big Apple shake’ it comes to a horrific 3,500 calories. Erm, yum?
5. Finally we have one from an actual Man v Food challenge, one that host Adam Richman managed to complete. The 48-ounce steak challenge at Shula’s Steak House on Miami Beach has you, unsurprisingly, eating a 48-once steak in one sitting. The 1,800 calories sitting before is tough to finish, given that fewer than half of the 80,000 people to attempt the challenge have succeeded. Adam Richman managed to do it in less than 20 minutes, making me wonder if he actually has a blackhole built into his stomach that just sucks up all the food so he can just keep eating forever.
So, we don’t really recommend you try it but if you really fancy on cooking up your own version of these creations then BBQBarbecues has plenty of barbecue grills for you to go crazy on. The majority of us will stick to cooking sausages and burgers on our barbecues though, and to be honest I don’t really blame you!
Words by Thomas Mulrooney.