Erik The Red, Gravy Brown, Hungry Wolf Taylor, Deep Dish Bertoletti, they are the titans of competitive eating. These gods of gluttony met Friday night at RibMania III, a rib-eating contest officially sanctioned by Major League Eating. The annual competition kicks off Ribfest, a three-day street festival in the Northcenter neighborhood of Chicago.
The rules are simple, eat as many baby back ribs as possible in eight minutes. The record was previously 5.24 pounds. It was set just one year ago at RibMania 2011 by Patrick "Deep Dish" Bertoletti, the number two ranked eater in the world. Bertoletti returned to defend his title against nine other competitive eaters. The record was broken. Watch the video to find out who is the new champion of competitive baby back eating. Oh and don't try this at home.