Nebraska woman devours two 72-ounce steak meals — in less than 15 minutes

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The 72-ounce steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. (Credit: Big Texan Steak Ranch)

The 72-ounce steak at the Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas. (Credit: Big Texan Steak Ranch)

AMARILLO, Texas — The Big Texan Steak Ranch in Amarillo, Texas, has lured many eaters over the decades in an attempt to devour its 72-ounce steak meal in one hour. If it’s done, the meal is free.

Many have tried. Many, many more have failed.

On Monday, Molly Schuyler ate two of the meals — in less than 15 minutes, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.

“We witnessed history,” Big Texan co-owner Danny Lee told the newspaper. “If there’s a zombie apocalypse, I want to stay away from this girl.”

The meal consists of a shrimp cocktail, baked potato, salad, roll and the steak. According to the restaurant’s website, the meal must be consumed in an hour, otherwise, the cost is $72.

Schuyler is a competitive eater from Bellevue, Neb. She devoured a medium-rare steak in less than 5 minutes to set the record for the fastest time to eat the massive dinner.

Then she had seconds.

“The second one, I wasn’t going really for time,” she told the newspaper. “There was no point. I had to do it in under an hour, so I was fine.”

Schulyer, all of 5-foot-7 and weighing 125 pounds, calls herself a “bottomless pit.” In January, she woofed down 363 wings in a half-hour competition in Philadelphia but wanted to take on the Big Texan’s challenge.

“Molly had called about a year ago, and we took it as a hoax,” Lee said. “This little girl walked in here and … she’s one of the daintiest, smallest ladies that I’ve see try the 72-ounce steak.”

Schuyler said she’ll be back and will try to scarf down three steak dinners in one setting.

Her advice?

“Just be careful when you eat steak,” she said. “It’s a very chokeable food.”