Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Records: Who ate the most hot dogs on July 4?

We’ve all been there before. The 4th of July picnic is nearly over and you’re faced with the question of whether you should have that fourth or fifth hot dog. For competitors in the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest, it would be a simple snack.

The annual competition returns to its Coney Island location in New York for another year, where competitors stuff their faces with dozens of hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes.

Joey “Jaws” Chestnut is looking for his 15th mustard belt. He won again in 2021 a year after setting a new record in the 2020 contest by eating 74 hot dogs, 33 more than the next best competitor. Miki Sudo had won the women’s division six years in a row, but did not compete in 2021 after breaking the women’s division record in 2020. She will return to the stage on Monday.

Chestnut has raised his Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating contest the best in each of the past six years and has his eyes — and stomach — set on slaughtering 77 francs all beef at this year’s event.

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Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest Records

Here’s a look at pork consumption records for men and women.

Men’s Division

Year Competitor Hot dogs eaten
2021 Joey Chestnut 76
2020 Joey Chestnut 75
2018 Joey Chestnut 74
2016 Joey Chestnut 73.5*
2017 Joey Chestnut 72
2019 Joey Chestnut 71
2016 Joey Chestnut 70
2013 Joey Chestnut 69
2012 Joey Chestnut 68
2009 Joey Chestnut 68
2008 Takeru Kobayashi 64.5
2018 Carmen Cincotti 64
2015 Matt Stonie 62

* Chestnut’s 2016 record was set at the Giant National Capital BBQ Battle just nine days before Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest

Women’s Division

Year Competitor Hot dogs eaten
2020 Miki Sudo 48.5
2012 Sonya Thomas 45
2017 Miki Sudo 41
2009 Sonya Thomas 41
2011 Sonya Thomas 40
2007 Sonya Thomas 39
2016 Miki Sudo 38
2015 Miki Sudo 38
2018 Miki Sudo 37
2012 Sonya Thomas 36.75
2012 Juliet Lee 36
2010 Sonya Thomas 36

How many hot dogs did Joey Chestnut eat in 2021?

Joey Chestnut ate 76 hot dogs at the 2021 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, breaking the previous record of 75 he set the previous year.

Chestnut has eaten 70 or more hot dogs in 10 minutes in each of the past five years, and he’ll be looking to hit 77 for the first time on Monday.

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What is the prize for winning Nathan’s hot dog contest?

First place in the men’s and women’s division receives a prize of $10,000. A remaining purse of $20,000 is divided among the finalists of the two divisions.

Although the money is important, the real prestige lies in the awarding of championship belts. The winner of the men’s division receives a legendary mustard-colored WWE-style belt, while the women’s champion receives a Pepto-Bismol-colored and sponsored pink belt.