Barbecue Eating Contest Tips

Pork ribs

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Hill Country's excellent pit master, Pete Daversa, has some tips for competitive eaters (and for those who really want to maximize barbecue consumption at the Big Apple BBQ).

* Don't starve yourself before the contest. Your stomach will shrink.

* Prior to the contest, eat lots of plain lettuce, celery or boiled cabbage. They're made of mostly water and will help stretch your belly without filling it up.

* Once you're full and can't eat any more, call it a day; don't risk choking or suffering what professionals call a "reversal of fortune."

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