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How to get a free meal

Updated on August 22, 2016

Everyone out there in this big world at some point in time likes to be given something for free. The word free really makes a person's ears perk up, and quickly grabs their attention. The word free has a magical ring to it, but sometimes there's a catch to getting something for free. You may have to do something, or buy something else to get whatever it is that you are getting for free.

To get this wonderful great tasting free meal, you are going to have to do a little something special if you want it for free. It's really not all that big of a deal, and all you have to do is finish eating it all. This may sound like it's not a big deal, but there's a little bit more to it, or maybe I should say that there's a lot more to it.

In Amarillo, Texas there's a very popular restaurant called "The Big Texan Steak Ranch". It's located in the middle of Amarillo, Texas, and it's been a favorite stopping point on old historic route 66 since the year 1960. There are signs over fifty miles away on both ends of the Interstate directing you there. Another words you shouldn't have any problem finding this famous place.

Once you are there you will be greeted outside by giant cow and cowboy, with the promise of a free big thick juicy steak. Yes free, but this is Texas and everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the steaks. I know this well, because I was personally at this wonderful eating establishment, and I took the photographs that are in this hub. The place both looked and smelled great!

The deal on this free steak is rather simple. All that you have to do is eat all of the steak along with it's trimmings in 60 minutes. The steak by the way is a full 72 ounces in size. Even for Texas this is a pretty big steak for measure. It would probably feed two averaged sized men for an entire week.

I probably only know one person in this world who could do this, and that's a co-worker of mine - Big Johnny. He's been banned from from a couple of "all you can eat" breakfast buffets in town, and he can really pack the food down. If Big Johnny couldn't eat it all then he'd die trying to eat all of that steak.

If you decide to tackle this idea, and try to eat this steak, then they have a special seat already set aside for you up high above everyone else. It's a table on stage right up front and center. The table is directly in front of the grill. Also there are big time clocks on the wall to let you know just how much time you have left, out of the one hour, to finish eating your steak. And don't forget all of the trimmings which include four jumbo sized jalapeno peppers. They have a sample plate for everyone to view on their way in, and let me tell you, that's the thickest steak that I've ever seen.

The Big Texan Steak Ranch brags that one of their faithful patrons completed this feat twenty times. Other Steakhouse factoids include a 63 year old grandma eating the meal in 1977, a 500 pound Siberian tiger eating the meal in just 90 seconds, and the the current champ Joey "Jaws" Chestnut holding the record at 8 minutes & 52 seconds. If your stomach isn't big enough, and it probably isn't, then don't worry about failure, just bring your wallet. Failure does come with a price. That price is a dollar an ounce, or $72.00 for this thick juicy steak dinner. This certainly isn't for everyone, and like everything in the empire of Texas, they have one of the biggest steak menus anywhere around waiting for you. On a visit there I was fortunate enough to be able to witness a man try to attempt to get this free meal. According to his waitress there's was some paperwork involved before he could start eating, and he also wasn't required to eat the giant sized jalapeno pepper. I briefly spoke to him in the lobby after he was finished eating, and he didn't quite finish eating his giant sized meal. He said that the steak beat him, but he still ate 50oz out of the 72oz steak. He was only 22oz away from a free meal. I'm glad I was able to tell you about this great free offer. The food here is totally awesome, and you may want to add paying a visit to here someday on your bucket list. I don't know about you, but writing this hub has made me hungry, and I'm going to get something to eat now.

Do you think that you could eat all of this steak?

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This is a regular steak dinner at the Big Texas Steak Ranch.
This is a regular steak dinner at the Big Texas Steak Ranch.
This is the big 72oz steak diner.
This is the big 72oz steak diner.
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      Gordan Zunar 3 years ago from New York

      Maybe I could... If I starved for couple of days first. It is a clever deal though.

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      William 4 years ago from America

      Holy cats, I cannot even begin to wrap my mind around eating something that big.

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      Emily40 5 years ago

      LAAAWWDDDD!!!! You really have to have a very large stomach...btw am not too fond of stake but enjoyed reading your hub, voted up, funny awesome and interesting!!!

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      sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

      Thanks for the following, theholestory. As for the Big Texan, been there and didn't attempt that at all. My husband wanted to try to eat that (6 pound) 72-ounce steak/with the trimmings, but I talked him out of it. That was our first and only visit, back in 1998. Voted up !

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      Ka'imi'loa 5 years ago from Tucson, AZ.

      Perhaps twenty years ago, I would have tried to attempt almost 5lbs of food (sides included), I understand the novelty of this road-side attraction, but who is really in need of that much food? Today, when I don't trust even my own farts, I could not possibly imagine the damage that it can cause to the colon, wow, can we say Fissures of the A**hole......auwee!

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      Robin Grosswirth 5 years ago from New York

      We have a steak house here in NY called, Cattleman's Steak House and they do the same deal with an insanely huge burger .

      Love your factoids , the hub and the pics.

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      Alicia Washington 5 years ago

      Great information. Incredible stats to go along with your hub. Very interesting! I think this would be one freebie that I would have to pass up.

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      Elise-Loyacano 5 years ago from San Juan, Puerto Rico

      "a 500 pound Siberian tiger eating the meal in just 90 seconds." Ha ha.

      I think this is one free meal I that won't ever be free for me.

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      Sypsey 5 years ago

      Excellent hub (I am biased though - I love the Big Texan) This place has the absolute best steaks ever! You can get a smaller version of the 72 oz. one - it's the Man Vs Food Special - 18 oz plus all the trimmings.

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      KenWu 5 years ago from Malaysia

      It will be tooooooooooo LARGE for me. BTW, it will be great if you can post a photo of the juicy steak.... :)

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      ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

      Hah! I can get a free 'meal' but it's fast food. Just tell 'em they screwed up the order during a busy time at the drive through. How to get free groceries? Call ahead to a good area big store and say you bought a bunch of stuff but left a bag there. Ask for milk, eggs, no meat of course. People leave bags of groceries at the counter all the time.

      Don't want to scam? Wait for the fruit and veges get dumped - but be warned dumpster diving is considered trespassing. Can go to a food bank but believe me, the volunteers help themselves to the fruit and veges and the clients get canned goods and bread, bread , bread and more bread - oh yeah, pasta, beans and rice. Rather dumpster dive for good food than all that starch the food banks give away.

      Sorry - had to say that, not everybody eats inside the restaurant.

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      SparrowMinistries 5 years ago

      Great! Maybe if it was pie, ice cream, or cake, but probably not. Interesting and up!

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      catgypsy 5 years ago from the South

      Great hub! That's an expensive failure..haha, but one I'm sure many try!

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      Murphy 5 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      I start getting 'Meat Sweats' after about a pound and a half of meat... I'd never make it.. Fun hub here that is ... And I would still love to die trying!

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      Rich 5 years ago from Kentucky

      Four and a half pounds of beef in 60 minutes is a tremendous feat, to say the least! Would love to taste it, though! Largest meal I ever had in Texas was in Shamrock at a truck stop. Ordered two Texas Burritoes, even after being warned about their size by the waitress. Gotta say, "Delicious, but it was a chore to finish them both!" What wasn't warned was what would happen to you the next morning. On the road to Arizona, found that I-40 didn't have many much needed rest stops! Nuff said! Good Hub!

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      stanwshura 5 years ago

      I've heard (haven't we all) of various and sundry challenges of this kind. I even attempted one once. ONCE. I made a full-hearted (er, stomached) attempt, no doubt aboutabout it, that maybe some similarly statured, MA urbanites might find respectable, or at least not exactly embarrassing.

      This was a lark, a while ago, and most of the fun of it was eatching my friend laugh her ass off at me.

      In my culinary wisdom of a "middle-of-the-Bell-curve" number of living/eating years, I have come to a conclusion. Food good! Even if I had a *prayer* at completing such a challenge, it would almost be sad. I don't wanna waste a gorgeous steak trying to Hoover my way through it. I like to taste stuff. Savor it. So, for me, sometimes free isn't free at all.

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      Niteriter 5 years ago from Canada

      I loved your story. I know I'll never get a free steak at this fine Texan eatery but I might amble down there some day to see if I can outrun the bull. I failed miserably in Spain.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

      Kind of a heart attack on a plate! Wonder if any one got really sick from eating 72 ounces of meat! I know I hub.

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      Shining Irish Eyes 5 years ago from Upstate, New York

      72 oz. in 60 minutes are you kidding me! Not mpossible for me. Thanks for this fun and interesting subject.

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      TripleAMom 5 years ago from Florida

      Wow, not me. Here in Pensacola, we have McGuires that has the $100 burger that I believe is the same offer. Free if you eat it all, but 100 if you don't. It's huge. It's served with all kinds of things.

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      Barbara Badder 5 years ago from USA

      There are a few places here with the same offer, but they are giant hamburgers big enough to feed an entire family. I'd never try it, because I'd be sick for days afterwards. I asked one of the waitresses if anyone was able to eat one and she said yes they had a couple.

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      Alan R Lancaster 5 years ago from Forest Gate, London E7, U K (ex-pat Yorkshire)

      Reminds me of a story: a man enters an inn and the landlord tells him,

      "Welcome sir, what can I do for you today?"

      "Anything I can eat for my money would be a good start".

      "Well, of course, say what would you like to start with, sir?"

      The man goes through the menu. When he has finished his meal and sits back in his chair, replete with a glass of the lanflord's best wine in his hand, the landlord comes to his table and asks,

      "Sir is content, I hope?" He goes on, "I have prepared the bill for you. Will you pay now?"

      "I will pay now", says the diner, shoving the bill unseen to one side, puts a grubby hand into an equally grubby coat pocket, pulls out a few coins and slaps them down onto the table. "There you are".

      "Sir, if you do not come up with the full amount I shall have to call the law", the landlord snarls.

      "Call them. I said I would have a meal for my money and you agreed".

      The landlord's top lip curled down. He thought for a moment and said,

      "I'll let you off if you promise me you will play this trick on him across the street".

      "Funny, that's just what he said earlier", the diner poked a toothpick into a gap between his front teeth, stood up and walked out.

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      Sunshine Diaz 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

      Ohh Wow! Everything is big in Texas! thanks for writing this hub, i'll take note about this place.

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      Graham Lee 5 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Really interesting hub. It's all to much for me I'm afraid. If anybody can eat it they deserve the reward. But I guess that's TEXAS.


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      flashmakeit 5 years ago from usa

      I would not try to eat that big steak although I would eat there just to see other people try to eat that large steak.

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Wow, this sounds like a great place. I doubt if I could eat the whole kit and kaboodle.

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      Your Cousins 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      72 ounces. OOO-WEE! This offer must be a great money maker for The Big Texan since you have to pay for not being able to clean your plate. Thanks for the story -- think I'll order the spare ribs and cut my losses.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I actually have heard of this place, although I don't know where I heard about it. There is no way I could eat that much meat and I'm a meat lover. Thanks for the interesting hub!