Nolan Ryan to Commence Texas Steak Cookoff

Huntsville, TX (May 14, 2013) – Nolan Ryan, hall of fame pitcher and part owner of Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef, will kick off the 10th annual Texas Steak Cookoff on Saturday, May 18, in historic downtown Hico, Texas.

 According to Ryan, “We’re proud to be associated with an event that is known for serving up the ‘Best Steak in Texas’. Hopefully our supply of All Natural Choice Texas Beef 12-ounce boneless rib-eye steaks help some of the chefs with their entries but ultimately, it’s up to the contestants to stand out enough to take home that title and cash prize.” 

 The Texas State Cookoff draws amateur grillers from all over the U.S. to compete for the “Best Steak in Texas” title and a $2,500 cash prize. This year’s contest will begin with the Backyard Chef competition, where contestants compete to prepare and grill Texas’ Best 12oz rib eye. 

 This is the first year that Kroger will co-sponsor the event with Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef, who has sponsored the Texas Steak Cookoff for the past three years as well as provide the steaks for the competition, ensuring there is consistency in the beef for all contestants before the grilling begins. As part of the Texas Beef line sold exclusively at Kroger, the choice rib-eyes are 100% free of artificial ingredients and preservatives, and the cattle are raised and processed in the state of Texas.

 “Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef is excited to be a repeat sponsor of this event. The Texas State Cookoff gives passionate grillers the opportunity to demonstrate their prowess on the grill and positively promotes the beef industry in Texas at the same time,” says Charlie Bradbury, CEO of Nolan Ryan’s All Natural Beef.

The Texas State Cookoff culminates in an event where thousands of guests can come and enjoy a delicious steak dinner, live entertainment, shopping and even a separate wine tasting event. Tickets are $25 and are available online at or by calling 254-796-4620 ext.4.


Nolan Ryan’s All-Natural Beef, which markets Nolan Ryan’s Grass Fed Beef, Nolan Ryan’s Guaranteed Tender and Nolan Ryan’s Texas Beeflines, is an operation of Nolan Ryan Beef and owned by baseball Hall of Famer and Texas rancher, Nolan Ryan and several of his ranching partners. The company is committed to providing the highest quality, tender and flavorful beef by coordinating the entire production process to meet strict specifications. Cattle in the program are raised in healthy, natural environments on grassland and with grains harvested by local farmers. Our products are minimally processed with no artificial ingredients. We make sure USDA, as a third-party auditor, reviews our practices to ensure quality. For more information, please visit or our Facebook Page.

 About the Texas Steak Cookoff

The Texas Steak Cookoff is an annual initiative introduced by the Hico Economic Development Corporation and the City of Hico to promote the economic growth and tourism. The Hico EDC is a nonprofit organization. The Cookoff is held every year on the third Saturday in May.

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