Do you really have to sign a waiver before you can take on the Chunky’s Burgers “4 Horsemen” challenge? Yup, and you have to be at least 18 (or have a parent or guardian with a cruel sense of humor) to take on this R-rated (which stands for “ridiculously hot”) burger. Once you see what’s under the hood, you might want to finish your last will and testament.
The Fiery Formula
The culprits that make up the 4 Horsemen are a sauté of terror. It starts with classic jalapeño (up to 8,000 units on the Scoville heat scale), then ups the heat with serrano (23,000 units) and a spicy habanero sauce (325,000 units). And then it goes to DEFCON 1 with the ghost (jolokia) peppers, which sport over 1 million unholy units of heat.
Many brave souls have tried to take on this nuclear assault on the taste buds.
But once the eyes start to tear and the lips are ablaze, most have to bail out…
Some even bring their own milk, and still can’t make it to the finish line.
Adam Richman, who dubbed the 4 Horsemen as “the hottest burger on the planet,” took the challenge on Man vs. Food, and almost drown in his own meat sweat before finishing it. Then there are iron tongues like this dude, who clobbered the challenge in 3 minutes.
Here are the rules: You have 25 minutes to eat it. No bathroom breaks or spitting. You can’t sneak bites of ice cream in between. And after you’ve finished it, you gotta hold it down for a full five minutes. They do provide a “chuck bucket” if you gotta hurl, but that disqualifies you. And those ghost peppers hurt just as bad on the way out.
If you think you’ve got the guts, or you’re just a glutton for punishment, give the challenge a try. The prizes for winning include: bragging right for life, a picture of your victorious and agonized face on the Wall of Flame… and heartburn.