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Monster Steak

By Rex Goode

kkbeefI’ve never liked meat much, but I’ll eat it. I detest it when it’s the least bit rare. I learned to like it even less one year. In about 1976, I was young, single, handsome, and thin. Just look at the picture. That shirt was very thin. I don’t think I could even get the collar around my arm now.

There is a restaurant in Portland, Oregon called Saylers Old Country Kitchen. Since 1948, they have had a deal that if you could eat a 72-ounce steak with all of the side dishes within one hour, you got the whole meal free and your picture on the wall of the restaurant. I don’t remember how much it was in 1976, but today it’s a $60 meal.

I decided to give it a try. It was so rare it looked like it would “moo” any moment. The rules of the contest allowed me to send it back to be cooked a little more, but the clock would not stop while I did. I sent it back twice and it looked as disgusting as ever when it was set before me.

Now to be fair, most people would probably not think it was disgusting. I just do not like the side of rare meat. It makes me think I’m going to get sick from parasites not being killed. I don’t know how realistic that is, but I like my meat well-done.

I couldn’t do it. Even as skinny as I was back then, I could ususally pack away food. If it had been a 72-ounce bowl of ice cream, I would definitely have done it. I paid for the meal and took the rest of the meat home. I gave it to my future wife, Barbara, and her roommates, who cooked it up and served it as a meal for all of them. There were six women living in that apartment.  To this day, when I see a thick rare steak, I get a little queasy.

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3 Responses to “Monster Steak”

  1. Mike said:

    HAHA! 72 oz is a HUGE peice of meat! I love steak and such, I even serve part time as a waiter in a high end steak restaurant, but the most I ever hear about was a man a few years ago that ordered a 50oz cut of prime rib. To be honest I don’t know if he finished it. I love my meat, but think I could only handle about 20oz….

  2. Rex Goode said:

    Trying for 72oz almost made a vegitarian out of me.

  3. Den said:

    Remind me of a pioneer day celebration on the east coast where a high councilman who managed a Burger King supplied woppers for a wopper-eating-contest. One of he missionaries demolished 7 or 8 of them. It was increadable!

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