Big Mess BAR-BQ at Sam’s Town Hotel and Gambling Hall kicked-off the “Big Mess Challenge” on Feb. 1 with an epic battle between the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department (LVFRD), emceed by Mark Shunock, creator of Mondays Dark and host for Vegas Golden Knights/Magic Mike Live.
Members from both organizations faced off to see who could scarf down the meal in 30 minutes or less. LVMPD was victorious, winning bragging rights and a championship belt thanks to Officer Daniel Cruz who was the only person to finish the entire meal with just seconds left on the clock.
But honestly, everyone won as Big Mess donated $3,000 to LVMPD, LVFRD and Mark Shunock ($1,000 to each) to be given to charities of their choice, which included the Injured Police Officers Fund, Vegas Fire and Rescue Charitable Association (VFRCA) and Mondays Dark.
The Big Mess Challenge meal is now a regular menu item for $39.99 complete with huge savory servings of Big Mess barbecued beef brisket, chicken, pulled pork, pork ribs, smoked sausage, a choice of two side dishes, two slices of white bread and peach cobbler. Oh, and guest's choice of coffee, tea, water or soda.
Guests who complete the Big Mess Challenge in 30 minutes or less will have their photo posted on the restaurant’s wall; receive a Big Mess swag bag with an empty growler to be filled with any choice of beer during the guest’s next visit; get a Big Mess hat; and won’t be charged for the meal.