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Are you ready for the Cluck-U 911 challenge?

Updated on September 23, 2012
My friend taking the challenge. P.S. the empty trays did not contain 911 chicken...
My friend taking the challenge. P.S. the empty trays did not contain 911 chicken...

To anyone who has taken on the Cluck-U 911 Winger Challenge, I commend you heartily.

For the rest of you, let me explain.

Cluck-U Chicken is a restaurant chain, with locations throughout the United States, mostly in Maryland and around colleges. It features a variety of items on its menu, including sandwiches, wraps, and wings. The quality lies somewhere between sit-down restaurant and fast-food joint.

One thing the chain is known for, however, is its knowledge of how to spice things up, with such spicy sauces ranging from Mild, Atomic, Nuclear, Thermo-Nuclear and 911. We are going to talk about the 911 sauce today.

My friends... they are not the most intelligent at times. Many of them thought they could take on the challenge. One friend tries every food-related challenge at any restaurant, an athlete of a good stature; he could eat 10 burgers in 10 minutes. Another chugged a gallon of milk in 10 minutes... only to throw it up afterward in less time. Others enjoy being photogenic and will do anything for a good picture.

And as Cluck-U seems to cater to college students, well, the 911 Challenge seemed like the perfect bet for them.

It was in San Jose where it happened. My friends gathered to what would go down as a very memorable day... for better or for worse. They had their game faces on. They remembered all of the warnings about just how hot that 911 sauce was on those chicken wings. There were pictures on the wall of everyone who conquered the challenge (well, there weren't too many of the pictures) with the shirts they won as a result. My friends wanted a picture and a shirt.

They ordered the chicken. Little did they know that there would be supervisors standing over them as they did the challenge to make sure they ate all the chicken and sauce off those wings. Eat all 12 wings in 10 minutes and the title would be theirs. You can't eat or drink anything within five minutes of finishing the chicken. Not only that, but you have to sign a medical waiver... sober, of course.

And so they started.

One friend dropped out after four, still in pretty good condition but done nonetheless. The others kept going until they slowly reached No. 7.

"Only five more!" They were encouraged, but to no avail. Noses were running, eyes were crying, hands were trembling. It was painful to watch, to say the least. There was so much snot by the time the employees came to take their trays away that the trays left a snot trail away from the table. The pain lasted throughout the three-hour ride back to San Luis Obispo; many stops were required on the way. And my friends didn't even get a shirt.

So for all those out there contemplating the 911 Chicken Challenge, please keep your health and dignity in mind... though don't lose your sense of adventure, by any means.

Cluck-U 911 Winger Challenge


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      Scott Stupinski 

      23 months ago

      I did this close to 20 years the tee shirt, up on the Wall of Fame....but man, was it brutal

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      9 years ago

      did the challenge last night, now it burns when I pee.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Northern California

      Thank you for the comments! Ron, the rules are similar - no drinks, no anything for at least 10 minutes after consuming the chicken. And also no throwing up

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      9 years ago

      WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR THE 911 CHALLENGE? Because there is a place in IL that u eat 12wings in 5 mins. no drink, no dipping sauces, and no wiping ur face until time is up. the sauce bottle says will peel tar off of pavement.

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      10 years ago

      yo that person stunk I'm diiffently gunna do it I'm tht amazing but I have to admit it's gonna hurt

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      10 years ago

      Haha I went to the local Cluck-U (in Red Bank NJ) and got the sauce. I can 100% agree that it is the spiciest stuff you will ever eat. There used to be mace in it. I advise people with asthma to NOT do this for medical reasons. Think you are tough? Try it. You won't be thinking that after the first bite.

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      10 years ago

      Next time I'm in Jersey I'm gonna do it! LOL! I grow super hot peppers and eat them raw in my salads on a daily basis. These babies are picked fresh right off the plant! This is defo a challenge for me! If in the future you are there and see a 911 challenge pic on the wall of a happy little Italian girl, that would be me :D IT'S ON!!!!

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      11 years ago

      pshh... yeah right im never gonna try thiss

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Northern California

      I'd love to see anyone do it! I personally didn't try it... I'm so pathetic that mild salsa is a little much for me.

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      12 years ago

      You need a Jamaicans for that contest my dear.Jamaican can tolerate pepper

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      12 years ago from MA, USA

      OMG, I think I'd pass on this one. Looks more like a death sentence to me! Did you take the challenge glassvisage or did you stand by your friends with the pepcid acid? You know, I was thinking, what are friends for? LOL

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Northern California

      Exactly :)

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Wow, how bad do you want a shirt? This is really funny because it's not me.

    • glassvisage profile imageAUTHOR


      12 years ago from Northern California

      Naw, I was at the 3rd Street one, but we'll probably have to make our way over to the one you're talking about sometime :)

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      12 years ago from San Jose, CA

      LOL!!! I have have been there amd seen that! Many have tried, many have failed! Hey glass, were you at the one across from SCU??

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      12 years ago from Northern California

      Haha! Thanks guys!

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      Jerry G2 

      12 years ago from Cedar Rapids, IA

      I should know better...yet I'm a glutton for food looks like another goal is on the list. I don't know whether to thank you for that or not :)

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      12 years ago from Albuquerque, NM

      Funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, funny, stuff!

      I'll look them up.

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      Dave McClure 

      12 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      No thanks ;)


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