Wednesday, October 22, 2008

That's a mighty big burger

There are burgers, and then there are burgers.

At just 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Brad Sciullo doesn't appear to be the kind of guy that could put away a 15-pound burger. But the Clearfield, Pa., man managed to eat such a burger in 4 hours and 39 minutes.
According to an Associated Press story, Sciullo is the first person to eat a monstrosity called the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser: a 15-pound burger with toppings and a bun that brought the total weight to 20.2 pounds. The mountain of beef is the product of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub, about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh in Clearfield.

Sciullo, 21, of Uniontown, said he was surprised he finished the sandwich. "About three hours into it, things got tough," he said.

When asked what possessed him to eat a burger that big, Sciullo said: "I wanted to see if I could."

The burger included a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish, pub owner Dennis Liegey said.

For completing the challenge in the under-five-hour time limit, Sciullo won $400, three T-shirts, a certificate "and a burger hangover, as I call it," Liegey said.

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