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Deep in the heart of Texas
Yee haw. Texas is where you'll find our next eating challenge! And the name of this fine establishment? "The Big Texan", home to the "The 72oz Steak".

Now for those of us who aren't too familiar with ounces, that's equivalent to around about 2kg. Puts the 'Park Road Challenge" into perspective, but of course they always do everything bigger in Texas! That said, it sure ain't cheap. US$72. Ouch. But, as most of these challenges, money is no object. When faced with a challenge, one must savour the experience!

This place has some great history. Here's some facts

- Nearly 6,200 people have succeeded in eating the 72oz. steak (since 1960).
- Almost 37,000 people have attempted to consume the free 72oz. steak (since 1960).
- Frank Pastore, a professional pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds, ate the complete steak dinner in a record that still stands today of just 9½ minutes back in May of 1987. This was Frank's 7th and fastest time to complete the steak contest in 11 years of running to spring training in Florida.
- The oldest person to eat the steak was a 69-year-old grandmother; the youngest, an 11-year old boy.
- Klondike Bill, a professional wrestler, consumed two complete dinners in the one hour time limit back in the 1960s

"The Big Texan", I tip my hat to your historical challenge, and will endeavour to see you soon!


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Deep in the heart of Texas
Authored by: Anonymous on Friday, August 04 2006 @ 11:06 PM EDT
72 ounce Top Sirloin Steak
Salad (Normal Size served in the Restaurant)
Baked Potato (Again, Normal Size)
Shrimp Cocktail (4 ounce) Can Substitute
Dinner Roll (Again, Normal size served in restaurant)

1 Hour time limit.

We want you to win! Really

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Danny Lee
Co-Owner & Second Generation
Big Texan Steak Ranch
Deep in the heart of Texas
Authored by: carazy on Thursday, January 31 2008 @ 08:40 PM EST
My friends and I went there in '96 and thought we'd be able to nail it. Back then it was $50- returnable if the meal was completed. Being poor Australian backpackers at the time I opted not to do the challenge. The steak was hefty and looked do-able and being hungry stoner backpackers back then we charged up before going in thinking we'd be able to beat it for sure. (The have a display case showing what the meal looks like). However despite the extreme munchies and general hunger I realised the large spud and breadroll and other sides would be the killer.

Instead I wisely spent my money on a largeish $25 regular steak that was cooked to perfection and a mixed sampling entree platter that had American Buffalo, Rabbit, Rattlesnake and calves fry (mountain oysters aka cow testicles). A whole heap of meats I'd never eaten before!!

You know when you order a steak med rare etc and in your mind you establish exactly what amount of cooking is required. Ultimately the steak is left 20 seconds more on the grill and although still med rare and good still isn't how you imagined it......well this was the first (but thankfully not last) time in a steakhouse that it came out PERFECTLY matching my vivid steakeating imagination.

The calves fry were ok..a little bland but super soft, almost pate/foi gras in texture.
The rattlesnake could have been good but was extremely (sharp)bony and overcooked so ended up super rubbery. Would have been nice filleted and cooked quickly like calamari.

The buffalo was tasty too. Thoroughly recommend this fine institution on your travels.