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Gut-busting 10+ pound sandwich challenge - but could you survive it?

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Fat Sal's Fat Fatty Sandwich challenge@fatsalsdeli / Instagram

Fat Sal's Los Angeles is a gut-busting sandwich food challenge - but could you survive it?

Fat Sal's is a Los Angeles sandwich shop that offers pretty big sandwiches. They could be described as monster sandwiches.

As if the over-the-top sandwiches at Fat Sal’s aren’t filling enough, there’s a gut-busting challenge.

It's a gut-busting challenge that leaves most people who try it full before finishing it off.

Not only will you survive, but the entire time, your tastebuds will be dancing a merry little jig (if they are still functional of course).

They will even let you design a sandwich to be featured on their menu. You'll have bragging rights in perpetuity.

The Fat Bodega@fatsalsdeli / Instagram

Fat Sal's deli is renowned for its huge sandwiches, including this monster called the Fat Bodega. Fat Sal's deli advises customers to bring a friend, "No, really. Bring a friend."

Here, we look at the Fat Sal’s Big Fat Fatty Sandwich Challenge in LA. What is it? Who created it? And is it something that you can stomach?

The challenge is a customer eating a 27-inch cold cut sandwich made up of all their meats and other fast food goodies in under forty minutes.

It's as big as a $50 sandwich would be. But if you can manage to finish it all, you don't have to pay for your meal.

The brain behind Fat Sal’s deli in Los Angeles is the “Entourage” star Jerry Ferrara and his business partners, Josh Stone and Sal Capek.

Jerry Ferrara isn’t just a Hollywood actor. He’s also a burger-loving restaurateur, and these days, he can add Fat Fatty Sandwich challenge creator to his résumé.

There are three things you need to win this battle. The first is stomach strength. The second is desire. And the third is knowledge. You're going to need all three if you want to adapt to the Fat Sal style.

Imagining that sandwich is one thing – surviving it is another.

If you are not used to this amount of food in one sitting, then this will be a challenge.

The Big Fat Fatty is not for the faint of heart and meant for only the most seasoned foodies. It will easily feed a family of four.

Fat Sal's Fat Fatty Sandwich challenge@fatsalsdeli / Instagram

What to know about the Fat Sal’s Big Fat Fatty Sandwich Challenge in Los Angeles

What is on the Big Fat Fatty sandwich?

On a 27-inch garlic hero, you will get a total of 10 pounds of all your fast food in one sandwich (some say it could be closer to 12 pounds):

  • Pound-and-a-half of cheesesteak
  • Five cheeseburgers
  • Six oz of cheddar
  • One pound-and-a-half of pastrami
  • An entire packet of bacon
  • Six oz of mozzarella
  • 10 chicken fingers
  • One whole mozzarella sticks order
  • One bowl's worth of homemade chili
  • Five fried eggs
  • Several ladles of marinara
  • Deep-fried jalapeno poppers
  • A basket-full of French fries
  • Onion rings

No, this is not a joke. You have a 40 minute time limit to eat the entire 10+ pound sandwich. (One hour would be easier, but then that would not be a challenge).

Your prize? A free meal, your picture on the Wall of Fame, and the opportunity to name and create a fat sandwich.

Hollywood Fat Sal's@fatsalsdeli / Instagram

The Big Fat Fatty Sandwich challenge is not for the faint of heart. There's only one way to get this Fat Fatty Sandwich Challenge for free... and that's by doing the challenge.

Fat Sal's Deli (Encino)
16901 Ventura Blvd, Encino, CA 91316

Have you been to Fat Sal's deli in Los Angeles and tried their sandwiches? We'd love to hear what you think in the comments section below.

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