Adam is in Durham, NC for the Dough man Triathlon relay. Adam and friends are going to compete in a triathlon that also includes some power eating. Will Adam lead his team to victory or will it be defeat? Adam also hits some great spots around town for some great eats. Get yourself a milkshake and cozy yourself around the computer monitor as we all snuggle together for Man Vs Food.
Man Vs Food – North Carolina
Adam starts us off at the Backyard BBQ Pit. It is the only open pit BBQ in Durham. I’m a bit confused on the whole open pit thing. The pit is inside what looks more like a smokehouse. It’s a fire pit of sorts but to me it looks more like a wood burning oven. They said it has something to do with the type of heat and its proximity to the meat. All I know is once they got it all lit up to cook the whole place filled with smoke. This guy cooking must have firemen’s lungs. Usually when smokes fills a room like that your doing the whole wet rag over the face shimmy out the door checkin door handles cause we all saw what happens in Backdraft. Thank you Kurt Russell.
At the BBQ pit pulled pork is the specialty. I also learned that the pork butt they cook to make the pulled pork is actually from the shoulder. Over here in California a pigs butt has nothing to do with its shoulder and if someone offered you some pulled pork off a pigs butt used probably say, “I’ll just have some pie.”
It actually looks pretty damn good though. It was falling right off the bone and the 12 secret seasonings in the rub looked pretty tasty too.
Next stop was Wimpy’s Grill. At the Grill their special item is the Garbage burger. Horrible name for a tasty burger. Another unique feature about this joint is that they have nowhere to sit. You eat out in your car in the parking lot. What a great way to save clean up.
The Garbage Burger is 2 quarter pound patties, chili, cheese, bacon, pickles, onions, mustard, mayo, ketchup, and their famous slaw. They have their own in house grinder too which they use to make the hamburger and the meat for the homemade chili tender.
Finally we get to the Dough man’s Triathlon. Adam, a gymnast, a cheerleader, and Dhani Jones all join together for this eating, running, biking, swimming marathon. Here’s how it went:
The cheerleader started team Food Fighter off. She downed a bowl of crab mac and cheese and then runs to the pool. She then swims a lap and Dhani Jones is next. He runs to get to the Bold City BLT and then takes off towards Adams leg on the bike. Adam takes down the Tomato Triple threat and starts his leg of the run. Team Food Fighter is in 6th place out of 54 when Adam tweaks his ankle sliding them down to 23rd. The gymnast takes over taking down the Portable Defibulator burger and then runs for a whole team finish. The team as a whole has to eat a bunch of cupcakes and run for the finish. The team as a whole finishes in 19th which is pretty good after Adam tweaks his ankle. Watching it kinda made me want to throw up. I did this competition at a bbq once where we ate as many hotdogs as we could eat in 15 minutes then run a sprint to the finish. I actually one but ended up giving the bears most of the hot dogs. Running and eating don’t really go together for me.