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Man Vs Food – Durham, NC

by Mikey

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.”

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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.

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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.

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Man Vs Food – Charleston

by Mikey

First off, I just want to say I know you guys may be wondering where B-money is and why you have to suffer through just me. Brian is in the Amazon with a small tribe teaching them how to play electronic battleship and how to make jiffy pop.  He will be returning soon to bring you some of the great places to eat in and around the world.  First, he must find a Starbucks with internet. Until then, curl up next to your favorite stranger, who you just met in that club last night (when you were so hammered you attempted to convince the bartender that George Lucas is not so great with special effects but he writes some of the greatest dialog the world has ever heard on film) and take in the glory that is Man Vs Food.

Adam is in Charleston taking on fresh oysters, shrimp and grits, the big nasty, and the spicy tuna rolls at Bushido. Each tuna roll gets hotter and the entire meal consists of 10 tuna hand rolls. Can Adam eat all 10 rolls?

Man Vs Food – Charleston

Adams first stop is to the Hominy Grill for some shrimp and grits.  The shrimp is caught locally and made with homemade grits for a fantastic meal.  Most places serve shrimp from miles away and brought to the restaurant under Gordon Ramsey’s favorite term – fresh frozen.  Anytime you can get seafood caught on the same day, from water just a stones throw away, it is definitely a bonus.

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The real story at the H-Grill, however, is the “Big Nasty”: a sandwich made with a huge piece of fried chicken, covered in white cheddar, and smothered in sausage gravy, in between two fluffy homemade biscuits. It’s a beautiful cardiac arrest sandwich.

Adam’s next stop is to Bowens Island for some fresh clams. Adam actually goes out to these rocks out in the water around the island area and removes chunks of clams off the rocks.  From there they steam them on this huge flat grill covered in wet burlap sacks.  They are served with shovels and you just bust them open and throw out the shells in the table receptacle hole.  I’m on the fence about oysters to begin with, but there was nothing really appetizing about watching them put this together.  I’m sure its fantastic, but so far it wasn’t one of the more remarkable or desirable locations.

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Oyster clump

Finally we get to the battle we’ve been waiting for. Continue reading

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