Big Brother fans know that “slop” has been on the menu for the show’s doomed “Have-Not” contestants for more than a decade. Now, the top secret recipe for the CBS reality show’s most dreaded punishment has been released. Chowhound posted a video of the step-by-step instructions for how to make the Big Brother staple, which the site describes as a “super healthy, nutritionally dense oat porridge.” CBS also posted the video on the Big Brother Instagram page, which somehow makes it official.
Ever since slop made its debut on the Big Brother: All-Stars season in 2006, hundreds of unlucky Big Brother contestants have been saddled with a week’s worth of slop when they fall short on a task or competition. While the Big Brother “Have-Nots” are allowed to add condiments to their slop to spice it up, never before did fans know exactly what the base of the food mixture consisted of. Now it has been revealed that Big Brother slop contains steel cut oats, unflavored whey protein isolate, soy protein, vitamin and mineral powder, and a whole lot of water.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, longtime Big Brother host Julie Chen revealed that she actually ate slop before and concluded that “it’s not bad.”
But the fortified porridge didn’t agree with two houseguests during the 2008 edition of the show, titled Big Brother: ‘Til Death Do You Part. According to the New York Daily News, that season two houseguests fell ill and were rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after eating the show’s signature meal. As live feed viewers watched in horror, Big Brother contestant Amanda Hansen, who was hypoglycemic, fell facedown after saying she felt funny and needed sugar. At around the same time, contestant Allison Nichols suffered an off-camera allergic reaction after eating the concoction.
Diehard Big Brother fans may recall that back in the early days of the CBS summertime reality show, punished contestants were stuck with a diet of peanut butter and jelly for a week. That actually sounds like a gourmet meal compared to slop, but obviously, peanut allergies or something got in the way of the original Big Brother meal deal. Besides, the slop actually sounds like it has more nutrients than PB & J.
Incidentally, if a sneaky Big Brother player thinks they can get away without eating slop, their only choice is to win a Have/Have-Not competition or get a slop pass. According to Food and Wine, the Big Brother powers-that-be monitor the slop situation very closely. Have-Nots are strictly monitored and are only allowed to consume slop and condiments unless other pre-determined food items are awarded to them that week. Big Brother contestants who don’t comply with the food rules could get slapped with a penalty in the game, And that could cost them a cool $500K.
You can see last season’s Big Brother contestant Bridget Dunning singing a sad little song about slop in the video below.
Big Brother 19 premieres Wednesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.
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