The Best Steak In Town

I was invited to a fun event here in Tampa……

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The Walmart choice Steak Challenge presented by Kingsford® Charcoal and Coca-Cola.
Two local chefs, Chef Eric Lackey of FlameStone American Grill and Chef Chad Johnson of SideBern’s, went head to head in a cut throat competition grilling the new Choice Steak over Kingsford® Charcoal.
The winner of the competition will get to go onto New York on May 22nd for the main competition.

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Chef Lackey, Chad from 94.9, Chef Johnson

The two got their Kingsford® Charcoal ready to go.

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Did you know that in 2011, Americans purchased more than 1 BILLION pounds of charcoal???? That’s 2,222 times the weight of the Statue of Liberty.
I am embarrassed to say that I have never cooked on charcoal. I know, it’s sad, isn’t it? If anyone wants to donate The Big Green Egg to me, I would much appreciate know, for recipe development and all.
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And the steaks came out. Are they not BEAUTIFUL? I mean, look at that perfect marbling! Only one in five steaks are good enough to call Walmart Choice Premium Beef, which has been certified by the USDA for quality. Shoppers who are not 100% satisfied with their steaks can bring back their receipts for a complete refund!!!

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And the grilling began!

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Can you taste the delicious-ness? My mouth is watering thinking about both competitors steaks!

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When each chef was done, the steaks were cut and color coordinated by tooth picks. Everyone got to sample both steaks. Whichever steak you liked the best, you threw that colored toothpick into a container.
And the votes, were counted…very scientifically

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And the winner was BLUE and that was Chef Lackey of FlameStone
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He did bring quite a very large entourage…just saying’ 🙂
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For more information on more upcoming Walmart Choice Steak Challenges, go to


  1. 1

    Oh Leslie you gotsta get yourself a Weber!!!!

  2. 2

    Good grief they look fantastic!

  3. 3

    What a fun competition, we love a good BBQ steak at our house.