Enter "Sean's BBQ Ghost Pepper Challenge" in Saratoga Springs. Aaron had been wanting to try it for a long time, and back in March he got his chance. He had to make it through 8 wings that were covered in a ghost pepper sauce and then coated in a ghost pepper powder. We'd heard stories of others that merely got one wing to their lips and had to quit, but they must have been total wimps...right? If he made it through them all, we got our money back, and Aaron's picture would be posted in the restaurant's Hall of Fame. Andrea's fam joined us for the show, and Aaron was pumped up and ready for the challenge. Here's how the whole thing went down:
|Wing #3. Hunkering down.|
|Seriously...he almost threw up right here.|
Aaron describes the next few hours as the worst pain he has ever felt in his life. Seriously. No exageration. That chicken worked it's way through his system like a school of piranhas swimming in hot lava. He chugged two whole bottles of Maalox. He was pacing the floor one minute, crawling on all fours the next, writhing in absolute agony. We almost went to the emergency room. He was in and out of the bathroom all night long, where the piranhas dove out from both ends. When it was finally over, he was utterly exhausted. He took the next day off work and was a slug all day long.
He has vowed to never do extreme food challenges again. I think the wings cost $13.75, and I was complaining about how we paid real money for food that nearly killed him. He said $13.75 was a small price to pay for a valuable life lesson. He has since said he wouldn't do that again, even if someone offered him ten thousand dollars. A million dollars? He might consider it.