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