72oz Steak Challenge Rules

You do not need to make reservation for challenge attempts. When you’re ready, we’re ready! Challenge attempts available during all regular business hours.

72oz Steak Dinner Challenge Includes: Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, with Roll, Butter, and of course the 72oz Steak

    1. Entire meal must be completed in one hour. If any of the meal is not consumed (swallowed)…YOU LOSE!

    2. Before the time starts, you will be allowed to cut into the steak, and take one bite. If the steak tastes good and is cooked to your satisfaction, we will start the time upon your acceptable approval. The time will not stop, and the contest is on, so make SURE before you say “yes.”

    3. Once you have started you are not allowed to stand up, leave your table, or have anyone else TOUCH the meal.

    4. You will be disqualified if anyone assists you in cutting, preparing or eating of your meal. This is YOUR contest.

    5. You don’t have to eat the fat, but we will judge this.

    6. Should you become ill, the contest is over… YOU LOSE! (Please use the container provided as necessary.)

    7. You are required to pay the full amount up front; if you win we will refund 100%.

    8.You must sit at a table that we assign.

    9. If you do not win the steak challenge, you are welcome to take the leftovers with you.

    10. No consumption or sharing of the leftovers is allowed in the restaurant once the contest is over.

    11. If you fail to complete the challenge, you must pay the full $72 dollars.

    Big Texan Steak Seasoning-Large


    Our personal blend of spices that we use at the Big Texan our 72oz steaks at the restaurant. Only sold at the Big Texan Gift Shop in Amarillo Texas.

    Big Texan steak seasoning

    72oz Steak Hall of Fame

    See all the 72oz steak winners from 1960 to present day!

    Big Texan LIVE!

    Watch friends & family take on the Big Texan 72-ounce Steak Challenge LIVE! Not only do we Live stream eaters 24/7 on our website, we also live stream on our Youtube channel, Big Texan LIVE. Challengers can attempt the 72-ounce Steak at any time during regular business hours so be sure to subscribe to our channel to be notified when the next eater takes on the challenge. 

    72oz Steak History

    The Legend Continues…

    Soon after the original Route 66 Big Texan open it’s doors in 1960, owner Bob (RJ) Lee was amazed at how many REAL Texas Cowboys, were coming in for his HUGE TEXAS SIZE STEAKS, that his menu offered. He also saw how much fun his out of town patrons & visitors were having watching these true Texans trying to “out do” each others carnivorous appetites.

    Most of his Big Cowboys dinners came from a near-by stockyard operation, & would stop in after a long days work. Friday’s was payday at the stockyard & he would cash their paychecks & offer 25 cent beer.

    One Friday, he 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

    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.Next,he politely requested a salad & a shrimp cocktail be served with his third steak. He consumed the extras, then this soft spoken giant called for his fourth steak & ask for a baked potato & a bread roll. He wasted little time on devouring those items & called for his fifth steak.

    As the hour contest came to an end, this gastronomic superman had eaten:

    4 & 1/2 pounds of steak, (which is 72 oz’s) baked potato,shrimp cocktail,salad & a bread roll.

    In his amazement & delight of the crowd, Owner Bob (RJ) Lee stood up on a chair in the middle of the dinning room to proclaimed that: “from this day forward, anyone who could eat the entire 72 oz dinner-in one hour– gets it for FREE.

    On that date in 1962 the legendary 72oz Steak Challenge was born & to this date the contests stands strong.

    Purchase Authentic 72oz Steak Winner Boards

    Winner Board 9910-9923

    Interesting Features:

    Shortest steak time 17:00. 


    9912 2/11/21 Rainer Arce 42:28 260 47 Eastvale, CA Nailed it!!!

    9913 2/16/21 Patrick Kio 59:53 230 34 Kentuky Oooph!...

    9914 2/17/21 Billy Fisher 55:12 340 35 Jax, FL Casual dining...Yum

    9915 2/17/21 Lamarr Stouall 49:58 242 27 Fort Vayne

    9916 2/19/21 Eric Norvell 35:30 350 47 Boyd, TX God is Great, give the big steak a go, very easy

    9917 2/27/21 Brain Olson 59:25 240 70 N Marker, MN

    9918 2/27/21 Edward Soloway 58:56 225 51 Pasaderva, TX That was really hard, OMFG, WTF

    9919 3/2/21 Al Carroll 56:21 380 29 Iowa, LA Im goin home

    9920 3/10/21 Nick Lemire 34:46 350 43 CaliforniaVery good steak!

    9921 3/10/21 Steven Thorkelsen 51:40 230 33 Houston, TX Second largest amount of meat in my mouth!

    9922 3/12/21 Vincent Paterno 53:40 195 27 Aledo, TX Good enough for who it’s for!!

    9923 3/12/21 Moses Mitchell 31:39 250 36 Alburquerque, NM

    9924 3/13/21 Alexander Puttonen 17:00 290 24 Liexon AL Pretty good would do again

    9925 3/13/21 Ernest Colmenero 55:13 285 39 Makinney, TX

    72oz Steak Best Moments

    Current Record Holder

    Watch Molly Shulyer eat three 72oz Steak Dinners under 20 minutes!

    Man VS. Food

    Adam Richman eats the 72oz Steak to kick off the hit TV show, Man VS. Food.

    72oz Steak Catapult

    Watch Conan launch the Big Texan's 72oz steak in front of AT&T Stadium.

    Waking Up In Reno

    See the Big Texan in the classic movie, Waking Up In Reno.