Dickey's Barbeque challenged local celebrities Wednesday evening to eat its new "Arch Attack" platter in one sitting, and as fast as possible.
NTV's own meteorologist Tim Reith took part in the challenge, along with Tri-City Storm hockey players, a Danger football player, an Army Reserve specialist and Josh Jelden from the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce.
Larry Tyler, co-owner of Dickey's Barbeque, says that the Dickey's location at the Archway is the only place in the country with this unique offering on the menu. The platter includes two Texas chopped brisket big barbecue sandwiches, two pulled pork big barbecue sandwiches, one chopped brisket/pulled pork westerner, five orders of waffle iron fries and two whole dill pickles.
"We thought we'd come up with a neat sandwich, a neat platter that friends and family would be proud to bring guests to from out of town," said Tyler, "or people traveling on the interstate would say 'Hey I had one of those Arch Attack sandwiches when I stopped at the Archway.'"
With almost six pounds of food to eat, four of the challengers had to tap out. However, the two Tri-City Storm hockey players were able to finish their platters and now their eat times will help set the benchmark for those brave enough to tackle the challenge in the future.
The time to beat is 32 minutes. And those that do will win a t-shirt, a photo on the Dickey's Wall-of-Fame and they won't have to pay for their meal, which runs $36.
The two finishers shared their strategies, hoping to help along the next challengers.
"Tactic was pickles first and then soak the bread in water because it was a little easier to chew that way and kind of gave the jaw a break," offered Brian Ward, center for the Storm.
Defenseman Dylan Maller added, "I kind of went with the meat first, I thought that'd be the best strategy and I was kind of eating the fries gradually, dunking the bread in the water, and the pickles -- they're the worst part of it."
For those interested in trying a hand at finishing the platter, head on over the Dickey's Barbeque located at the Great Platte River Road Archway.