Try eating a week’s worth of Thanksgiving leftovers in one day.
That was the challenge facing 20-year-old Samuel Brown Tuesday morning, when he decided to voluntarily eat an entire 10-pound turkey.
He started at 8 a.m., putting off a full day of errands he had planned to instead chow down in the hallway at Rawlco Radio.
“I’m just sitting here enjoying a nice cold turkey, and I feel like I’m going to finish this and it’s going to be worth it,” he said.
Brown had until 5 p.m. to down the bird in order to qualify to win $10,000, and he managed to do it with almost two hours to spare finishing just after 3 p.m.
It’s the latest challenge in the Rock 102 Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap promotion, which sees contestants do utterly bizarre things simply for a shot at the money. Brown said if he wins the prize, which will be drawn for Oct. 20, he’s going to buy his mother a new car.
At the 15-minute mark, the Saskatoon competitor had already eaten one of the turkey breasts.
“Feeling good, got my water – got my salt and pepper.”
And that was all he got. The 10-pounder was going down without gravy or stuffing to help, but Brown had a strategy to make it happen.
“Small bites. Little sips of water. And just don’t rush it, stay steady.”
Brown told 650 CKOM he loves turkey, and considers the challenge “a gift.” He added, however, a four-litre milk carton of thin gravy would help with the process.
The contestant wasn’t totally alone in the feat. His long-time friend Jeff Burgess answered an early morning Snap Chat post asking for someone to bring water.
“I still haven’t eaten anything yet today,” Burgess said while inches away from Brown, who looked notably tired of eating.
At 1:30 p.m., Brown appeared to have a full case of the “meat sweats,” asking if anyone else in the building felt uncomfortably warm.
At 3:15 p.m. an empty plate sat in front of Brown, finally finished. When asked if he would ever attempt this much turkey again he told 650 CKOM “good lord no.”
Still no word yet on how the Saskatoon man will cope when his bartending shift starts at 6 p.m.