One Friday, RJ put several tables together in the center of the dinning room & sat all the cowboys together & told them he wanted to see who could eat the most one pound steaks in an hour. The cost was $5 per eater & whoever ate the most got to keep the entire entry-fee. Also note, the cost per eater is no longer priced at $5 per person.
The rules were simple; you could not get up during the contest or have anyone help you eat, you did not have to eat the fat & if you got sick, you were out. The cowboys put in their money, took a seat & the contest was on, steaks were flying.
One of the eaters took the lead by swallowing two steaks in ten minutes. OMG, how is that even possible? Next, he politely requested a salad & a shrimp cocktail be served with his third steak. Because why wouldn't you want shrimp cocktail and a salad? They do compliment a steak nicely. He consumed the extras, then this soft spoken giant called for his fourth steak & ask for a baked potato & a bread roll. I would probably do the same thing, carbs are my kryptonite. He wasted little time devouring those items & called for his fifth steak. Wait, what?
As the hour contest came to an end, this gastronomic superman had eaten: 4 & 1/2 pounds of steak, (which is 72 ounces) baked potato, shrimp cocktail, salad & a bread roll. May I point out, from a logistics standpoint this is impressive. Numerous 72 ounce steaks were cooked to perfection within the one hour timeframe allowing plenty of time for each cowboy to eat as many as they could stomach. Prepping salads, shrimp, baked potatoes, and bread, just image the line of cooks this kitchen must employ! Anyway, back to the facts.
In RJ's amazement & delight of the crowd, RJ stood up on a chair in the middle of the dinning room to proclaim that: “from this day forward, anyone who could eat the entire 72 ounce dinner-in one hour– would get it for FREE. On that date in 1962 the legendary 72 oz Steak Challenge was born & to this date the contests stands strong.
The Big Texan Brewery started serving hand craft beers June 24, 2011 after a lengthy process. The amount of work that was needed to put a dream into reality started decades ago and many miles apart between Tom Money (Brewmaster) and the Lee Brothers (Bobby & Danny).