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.

Source: Nolan Ryan All-Natural Beef