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Smokey Bones Burger Eating Contest: Beefy Battle Raises Money for Vets

Got game? How about a really big appetite and a bottle of antacid?

If you've got what it takes to eat burgers with the big boys, you might want to check out the second-annual Smokey Bones Burger Battle tonight, June 27, at all participating Smokey Bones restaurants.

Stating at 7 p.m. tonight, 40 contestants from each restaurant will be selected to duke it out in an awesome eating contest that also raises money for Homes for our Troops, which helps build homes for severely injured veterans.

Here's how it works:

For the first two elimination rounds, each contestant will create their

own half-pound burger from the restaurant's build-a-burger menu (with

each burger having at least one brisket or pulled pork topping in

addition to a cold topping, a hot topping, cheese, and a sauce). The

eaters who finish their burgers in record time will advance to the next


The final ten contestants will then compete in the "burger

blitz", a timed round where each competitor must eat a one-pound

burger. The fastest finisher wins.

The first place eater from

each restaurant takes home a $200 Smokey Bones gift certificate plus the

opportunity to submit their burger-eating time against the

participating restaurants. The grand prize winner nationally wins $2,500

and the title of 2012 Burger Battle champ.

Last year's winner, Joseph Menchetti of Reading, Pennsylvania, downed

five burgers in the first and second rounds. He then sealed the deal by

eating a burger in one minute and 14 seconds in the final round.

Check-in and qualifying rounds start at 7 p.m. tonight. A $10 participation

fee will be collected and all participants must be 18 or over.

Applications are available at each location or can be submitted via

email to [email protected] All non-winning participants

will receive a $5 bounce back card, good for a future Smokey Bones


There are several south Florida Smokey Bones locations including Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, and Plantation.

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Laine Doss is the food and spirits editor for Miami New Times, covering the restaurant and bar scene in South Florida. She has been featured on Cooking Channel’s Eat Street and Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race. Doss won an Alternative Weekly award for her feature on what it’s like to wait tables. In a previous life, she appeared off-Broadway and shook many a cocktail as a bartender at venues in South Florida and New York City. When she’s not writing, you can find Doss running some marathon then celebrating at the nearest watering hole.
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