The Chilli Boys Vs Red Dog Saloon Hot Wings Challenge

by Darth Naga on May 23, 2012 · 5 comments

in News, Product Reviews, Restaurant Reviews

A long long time ago, in a galaxy far far away..i organised and event known as “The Chilli Boys Outing” whereby a bunch of us likeminded chilliheads (lets call them padawans!) decided to get together and attempt a chilli themed challenge somewhere in the UK.

Red Dog Saloon

Red Dog Saloon

After much deliberation, numerous polls and a little discussion, we decided to hit the “Red Dog Saloon” in hoxton square, London. An “American BBQ restaurant” famous for their eating challenges, however we were only interested in their “Hot wing challenge” and a place on the “wall of fame” where *hopefully* our names would be forever engraved…oh how foolish we were!

Ingredients: 10 idiots, 60 wings o’ doom, 10 minutes and lots of gloves.

So there we sat, all chatting with each other, some of us probably trying to hide the nerves as we knew what awaited us, 24 of us squeezed into an area that blatantly only sat 20. A few of us (myself included) jumping the gun and getting our gloves on ready, people started to get a little edgy as we saw a few waitresses coming out of the kitchen with their hands full of wings..then the smell hit us…and hit us hard…

SO there you have it, 10 attempted..7 failed..3 victorious people later we left the restaurant, a little dejected at failure, the guys had this to say:

TheLurch: The naga viper wings challenge was something I was looking forward to having done one chilli challenge already that week, so I was confident.

But when they brought the wings out I was hit by a smell that took my breath away, to be honest it wasn’t a nice smell! The taste went with the smell, not the nicest chilli sauce I’ve ever eaten even with extract in. I was on wing number 6 when I ran out of time, 1 more minute and I would have nailed it!

Binbagz: Being honest, these wings do not taste nice, and certainly do not play well with others. As the taste of the viper is hugley over whelmed by the extract used. to the point where, 12 hours after I still had the bitter metallic taste in my mouth that the sauce offers. After the second bite of the first wing, my face literally felt like it was on fire, and this sensation kept on buliding right until the last mouthful.Even though the wings tasted horrible, I would certainly visit the place again. but may skip on the wings next time.

House: After the first bite, my mouth was on fire and strategy went out the window – I knew I would just have to go for it and hope for the best. I finished the first 4 wings in around a minute, but then hit a wall. I felt nauseous and knew that a single burp or hiccup could be disastrous. After a brief pause, I continued and managed to finish in around 2 minutes. The 5 minutes which followed were filled with pain ñ My whole mouth felt like it was on fire and I remember thinking that a pint of boiling water might have been a more pleasant challenge.

Dave: Unfortunately I didnít get to try any food other than the Hot Wings Challenge and some fries. However from what I saw the burgers and ribs looked really nice, but as we all know the wings tasted foul (no pun intended) ñ I would have hoped a restaurant couldíve added some other stuff to at least give them some flavour! The Hot Wings Challenge was a bitter disappointment too. Not for me, as I didnít pass but for the guys who did. The should have been a lot more ra-ra about it, if you get what I mean ñ we had 10 people doing the challenge after all. Itís pathetic really that they (Red Dag Saloon) promote it, yet did even have a bloody Polaroid to add winnerís images to the wall. Whatís the point in having a challenge for people if thereís no kudos on offer from the staff / restaurant if you do it.

Danny: Ok so as i work in the food service industry my 1st thought would be that they can’t be to hot as surely your paying for them they have to eat-able. However this theory was smashed. We could smell the hot sauce from across the restaurant. Seriously they were so hot, by the 2nd wing i thought i was going to die, i was on the tail end of a cold, running nose, chilly sweats and hiccups didn’t help. The sauce was so hot i couldn’t taste the other food i ate that day but it did look good and it felt nice in my mouth. I think i would go back again.

Tone: I felt the restaurant was really well laid out and ready for large groups (like ourselves). The food SMELT Really nice but wasn’t willing to try any after the challenge. I really want to go back to try out more of the menu, and possibly the challenge again. Possibly. Service was okay. Nothing special. Drinks menu needed more to it but felt what they offered was a bit pricey.

Kristian: Well what a day it turned out to be! met loads of chilli heads and endured the worst chilli inflicted pain of my life! Im no stranger to extreme heat sauces but these wings proved too hot to handle! As they came out of the kitchen and placed under our nose’s the deep pungent smell of chilli extract was so strong, then we realised why are we doing this?? With the first bite the heat was instant, I had never expericened anything like this before, 2 wings down I stopped for a breather what a bad idea! The 3rd wing would prove to be my fall!! If you are stupid enough to take on this challenge don’t do it!

So there you have it, honest words from the mouth’s of several chilli heads who attended that day, as for me? In all honesty i thought the wings were grim, too much extract and not enough other flavours to make the challenge worth attempting more than once, plus they were straight out of the fryer too, my tongue and roof of my mouth were burnt and i couldn’t taste properly for about three days after. The challenge is worth it for only the most EXTREME of chilli heads, of which we were blessed with three!!

Well done guys, a cracking day was had by all and it was nice to meet so many like minded people in one place!

Until next time my chilli padawans, may the sauce be with you, always!!

 

Wing Challenge:

Flavour
(2/10)
Heat
(11/10)
Packaging
(3/10)
Value
(5/10)
Overall
(5/10)

 

Restaurant:

Flavour
(6/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value
(5/10)
Overall
(6/10)

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avatar Chris shemeld September 9, 2015 at 5:59 pm

So guys, I’ve been reading up on challenges in the UK. I’ve made a hot sauce, one so hot I feel it will make the wings here seem mild. Same sort of challenge, different part of the country. Anybody fancy giving it a go? My sauce is made with naga vipers, Komodo dragons and the infamous Carolina reapers. A little bit of extract later and hey presto. I reckon this is one of the hottest wing challenges in the world. Let alone the UK. We are based in wickersley South Yorkshire. My friends who love a wing challenge and travel around doing them offered me a challenge that they cannot defeat. Now here we are, poised and ready. The hot sauce I’ve made is named after Jenny loggins, as you will be entering the danger zone.

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avatar Adam Waite January 19, 2014 at 9:02 pm

I completed the challenge yesterday. INSANELY hot. I’ve had hot chilli sauce before, but this was just like someone holding a blowtorch to my face. It takes over your whole body. I couldn’t breathe or see at one point. I was sweating, dribbling, my nose was running and I was hiccupping fire. Afterwards I had to go home because my stomach was cramping and I was wretching in busy Saturday night Shoreditch. Got a free t-shirt and pride, not sure if it was worth the pain I went through to get it!

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avatar eddy cottridge August 29, 2013 at 1:49 am

Yeah I did this one last night. Getting them down wasn’t a problem. The afterburn and shakes during the burn period were tricky. I had 2 milkshakes straight after it which wasn’t the best idea as they came back up on a quick nip to the loo! It’s very clear your body doesn’t want these! I should have just gone belemic on it to get the rest up but instead chose a sleepless night with stomach cramps! Once it was through the system I was right as rain again 🙂 but it wasn’t a happy passage!

Ditto on the enthusiasm. I got more cheers from onlookers than staff. On completion I was just handed the t.shirt with a mediocre “well done”. He did attend to my needs after though, fetching me some milk. Shame they don’t congratulate you more.

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avatar Lee Kinsman August 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm

I did the challenge with 2 friends last Friday night. I was alittle bit over confident about it and thought my beer would be enough after the challenge. How wrong I was! I have to echo a couple of the comments about the lack of interest by the restaurant since it’s a “challenge”. Considering to hit the top 10 you have to do it in 58 seconds, you’d have thought the waitress would have waited a minute before wondering off. My time was apparently about 1min 20secs and my friend Ash was a few seconds quicker, after we shouted and she came back to stop the clock. The after burn was ok, it was the stomach cramp and sweating that I wasn’t expecting.

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