Alabama’s Best Steak Contest has now moved into a new phase after the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association announced it is down to the last four. In our weekly beef checkoff report, Erin Beasley tells us which restaurants are in the Fiery Four.
From the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association:
MONTGOMERY, Ala. –The “Fiery 4” restaurants have been named in the 2016 Alabama’s Best Steak contest. The contest is sponsored by the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association and funded through the beef checkoff program.
The four Alabama steakhouses that received the most votes across the north, central, south and gulf regions are: Rock House Eatery, Guntersville; Bull Pen Steakhouse, Oakman; Diamond Jim’s and Ms. Donna’s, Livingston and Big Mike’s Steakhouse, Thomasville.
The “Elite 8” voting portion of the contest, hosted on the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Facebook page, generated record results. Over 342,000 Facebook users were exposed to the contest through 13,693 overall “reactions,” 505 comments and 1,340 “shares.” Finalist positions were warranted by the thousands of reactions to their ribeye steak picture.
“The Elite 8 picture challenge produced remarkable results and displayed how Alabamians show their patronage for their favorite ribeye steakhouse,” Director of Checkoff Programs Erin Beasley said. “We say congratulations to these ‘Fiery 4’ restaurants and also a big thank you for the amount of promotion we saw this past week from all restaurants involved.”
These “Fiery 4” finalists will now continue on to blind taste testings throughout the months of August and September. Contest’s judges will anonymously attend each finalist to judge the overall flavor, tenderness and juiciness of the ribeye. An added component for this year’s contest is beef ribeye sales during the “Fiery 4” round based on a percentage increase, which will be monitored by contest administrators.
The 2016 ABS winner will be announced at the beginning of October to kick off Beef Month in Alabama. The winning steakhouse will receive a plaque of recognition and an on-site press conference presentation as well as an influx of customers looking to try Alabama’s best steak.
“Customer loyalty and promotion has brought us this far in the contest, and it is time to let our judges’ taste buds do the rest of the work,” Beasley said.
For more information on the contest or past winners, contact Erin Beasley at (334) 265-1867.