Oskar Blues Wings
It can’t be that hot. I’ve had ghost pepper wings and ghost pepper ice cream.
That’s what I was saying before actually taking the Ghost Pepper Wing Challenge at Oskar Blues in Longmont. Boy was I wrong! Whereas at the Rock Rest Lodge the ghost pepper wings were not THAT hot, these at Oskar Blues were f-in molten-lava-diabolical hot. They’re a blend of 5 peppers – jalapeno, habanero, scotch bonnet, Serrano, and the Ghost pepper. Yowza!
For the challenge you have to down 2 pounds of the wings, a bit of celery and carrots, some blue cheese crumbles, and a pint from the tap of one of their micro brews, in 10 minutes. This is my first real challenge like this – it’s totally mental. But I’m ready. So T-bonz and I place our orders with Angie – me the wings, and her a delicious BBQ burger (I want that next time).
The wings arrive, and they are steamy hot. And the beer. I don’t know how long it’s been since I’ve had a beer – 13+ years? The plan is eat the wings. Don’t stop. That’s when it gets hot. And that’s what I do. Good calm pace. Not tasting. Not thinking. Just eating. At about 6 minutes in my focus wavers a bit and the hot begins to get to me. Up until this point, I – yes, me! – have eaten pretty cleanly as far as the table and my face. But once the hot hits me, all bets are off. As you can see in the video.
But I do dispatch everything at 7:51.
Absolutely the hottest thing I have ever eaten. Ever. The beer (which was a bit too dark for my taste) didn’t help cool the burning. Milk? No. Nothing helped. But time. Maybe 20 agonizing minutes later the heat-pain was bearable. Before then, it wasn’t that fun. And looking back, the wings weren’t even the hardest part. Hot, most indeed yes, but the beer was daunting – 13+ years – and the carbonation – I stopped carbonation a year or so ago.
I guess because I had the beer this means I have to go all the way back to Step 1. “Hi, I’m Andrew, and I’ve been sober for 3 days”.
Here are some more photos: