Ever thought of cooking chicken, not through traditional kitchen ways but extensive beating. Well, this is actually achieved by Louis Weisz who is a 23-year-old content strategist and digital content creator from Columbus, Ohio. With, 470,000 subscribers on his YouTube, he usually posts content in the educational genre.
Thus, as a way to achieve this chicken beating feat, he built a machine and posted two videos featuring this extensive rig titled “the Meatbeater” which he used to slap the chicken until it was cooked. These videos have gained a total of 18.5 million viewers.
Where did Weisz get the chicken beating idea from?
Weisz's source of inspiration was a Reddit post in 2019.
Speaking to VICE, he said, “It was probably someone who was high on weed and decided it was fun to ask Reddit if you can cook a chicken by converting kinetic energy to thermal energy.”
Thus several people in the comments debated the science of whether the kinetic energy trapped inside the chicken can be converted to thermal energy to help cook it. Several talked about how it is possible scientifically, but beyond the powers of a human to achieve it.
However, Weisz took it as a task to make it happen, and over two months, he designed, theorized, and came up with prototypes that failed. “I’d discuss it with the members of my Discord, I came up with several ideas but later scrapped them,” he said. His Discord server is filled with science geeks, physics nerds, and amateur engineers. “No one's an expert here, we're doing this out of our own passion and love for science.”
Finally, a machine called the “MeatBeater 9000”: a slapper made of wood and motors was built. “It wasn’t an easy process, the slapper came apart several times while testing,” Weisz mentions that his attempt was slightly successful when he live-streamed with the slapper in December 2020.
Did the meat slapper finally work?
Although the chicken slapper worked, it was unable to cook chicken. The Youtuber says, "In order to cook the chicken, the temperature needs to rise constantly, but the temperature kept dropping and the rig broke apart several times."
Thus, rising the temperature within the chicken was a huge challenge as a fully cooked chicken is at a temperature of 75 degrees Celsius, and Weisz’s raw chicken was at the base temperature of 10 degrees Celsius. Hence, while the slapping occurred a Bluetooth thermometer was used to track the temperature.
Weisz also posted his chicken beating experiments on TikTok in several parts, which also gained the attention of chef Gordon Ramsey who called him “a fucking donut”.
The video then had gained several million views on TikTok. “I wasn’t expecting that, but then again, it’s not particularly difficult for videos to go viral on TikTok,” Weisz said. “But it was a mess, so I decided to try again.”
Thus he crafted a modified version of the Meatbeater called “The Poultry Punisher”. Although this rig showed some promise, instead of cooking the chicken, the machine’s repeated slaps left a glaring hole in one part of the chicken and spilled small bits of chicken everywhere. “There were bits of chicken everywhere, on my face, my outfit, the floor… it was as gross as you think it was.”
After the first video gained so much popularity, Weisz took it himself to actually cook a chicken with the MeatBeater. “I had spent so much time on it already, I decided why not give this another go?” Thus, MeatBeater was modified with a better motor, an arm that gave him more impact control, and adjustable speed settings. He live-streamed the process on YouTube, Discord, and Reddit.
“My videos used to get 10,000 views on a good day, and my streams were filled with a couple of hundred people but this time, I had 50,000 viewers watching,” he said. As thousands of viewers waited for MeatBeater to work its magic, the rig was a major failure multiple times which made Weisz replace the chicken with steak. “I crossed my fingers and waited for it to cook.”
However, this time the hours of slapping did have an impact, and the steak was finally cooking. “I don’t have the words to describe the feeling, it was emotional,” said Weisz. He described the steak as, “The texture is pretty bad like you’ve been chewing it for some time already but if you can get past that, it’s pretty good!”
Later, Weisz also realized that the chicken which was used in the slapper had also gained the optimum temperature and was cooked. Thus, it was a two-way win. “I’d love to eat it but unfortunately due to a leak in the insulated balloon, the chicken was contaminated with fiberglass and aerogel. I couldn’t risk eating that for a YouTube video,” he adds talking about how the chicken was inedible.
Weisz also mentioned how it took around six to eight hours with approximately 135,000 slaps to cook the meat. Further, to add to the taste he also included salt and spice with the meat before turning it into the slapper. “ I mildly seasoned the meat and coated it with a little bit of oil so that it’s easier for the slapper to move,” he said.