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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 11:48 am

PLANTERSVILLE — The Relay Station Restaurant in Plantersville has long been known by locals to have the biggest hunk of beef in Texas, but now the world will know. A new show called Biggest Texas filmed its pilot episode, tentatively and locally called “Big Tex,” in the restaurant’s dining room.

“It’s been crazy, here we are just a little country restaurant way out in the middle of nowhere and now we have the world looking at us,” said owner Sandra Kuta. “It has been exciting, seeing how everything gets put together.”

Host and long-time comedian Tom Green took his seat in the big red throne and was served his medium-rare, 85-ounce, choice sirloin steak with sides by Sandra, while the rest of the staff waited on the local “extras” who were positioned about the room.

“You think a little 12-minute segment should take 30 minutes and here it has really taken five-hours, but it has been a lot of fun,” said Kuta. “You don’t realize every little step that it takes to put all of the show together.”

Through cheers and chants of “eat the meat” Green plowed his way through the largest steak offered in Texas, although rumor has it that the largest steak in the country is in Chicago and weighs a whopping 95-ounces.

“We found out that we don’t have the biggest steak in America, but we do have the biggest steak in Texas, but possibly the second-biggest in America,” said Kuta.

The rules state that the steak meal must be completed within 75 minutes for it to be free, or the challenger has to pay the $49.99 tab.

“You can walk around and talk to folks, but if you head to the bathroom then the challenge is over,” Kuta joked with Green.

Green repeatedly told Kuta that while he was feeling quite full after the challenge, but it was a “well cooked and good tasting steak.” Green interacted with the “audience” in the same manner that he has on past projects, with self-effacing jokes and dry humor.

The Relay Station Restaurant has approximately 15 of 50 challengers who complete the 85-ounce steak challenge each year, but keep in mind they also have to finish the rest of the meal.

“It is a challenge for the meal,” said Kuta. “So, you have to eat the steak, a baked potato, salad and a piece of cornbread or a roll.; but you don’t have to eat any of the fat or gristle, just the meat.”

According to Kuta, the Travel Channel, and High Noon Entertainment who is producing the show, had the idea to do a Biggest America segment. The assistant to the producer started researching the biggest things he could find and the Relay Station Restaurant popped up. Rumor has it that the rest of the segment is set to feature “Big Tex” from the Texas State Fair and a western hat manufacturer in Garland that still uses materials, equipment and techniques from the 1800s.

“We love supporting Texas and this is our heritage,” said Kuta. “Most all of the beef in America does come from Texas, we are all about supporting Texas.”

If you decide you want to take the Relay Station 85-ounce steak meal challenge, call ahead so that the staff can have the steak on hand and can cook it to your liking.

“It does take a little bit of time,” said Kuta. “Many tend to get medium or medium-rare, but if they are really thinking about it then they will get it a bit more done.”

While the Travel Channel confirms that they were shooting a pilot segment, no further details about the show or when it might air have been released.

The Relay Station is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information on the Relay Station Restaurant and event center, go to www.texasrelaystation.com or call 936-894-3111.

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