Jacksonville Firefighters Battle Over Food




My husband is a retired Palm Beach County Firefighter, but even though we moved five hours north the firefighter brotherhood still stands strong. We had several firefighters help us move in to our new home last year and we never met them! That’s just the way it is.

Next Saturday, March 23rd, Firefighters from two Jacksonville firehouses will be going head-to-head in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge presented by Kingsford Charcoal, Dr. Pepper and A.1. Station 1 will compete with Station 4 from noon – 1 p.m. at the 8808 Beach Boulevard Walmart store parking lot. They will each grill up their own “secret” recipe and will ask shoppers to vote for their favorite. Whoever wins will go on to represent Jacksonville in the national finale event in Los Angeles, for a chance to win the grand prize of $20,000.

This will a great time to bring the family out, meet the firefights and taste some delicious foods. Firefighters are known for their cooking. I should know, I married one of them! What kid doesn’t like checking out the fire trucks?


Want a sneak peak at one of the recipes?

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Smoked and Seasoned Steaks
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
  • 3-4 Walmart Choice ribeye steaks, about 24-32 ounces total
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
  • 2 tablespoons McCormick® Grill Mates® Montreal® Steak Seasoning
  • Butter for garnish (optional)
  1. Place the steaks in a shallow dish. Mix Worcestershire sauce, olive oil and garlic salt together, and pour over the steaks, turning the meat over and rubbing the marinade in to coat both sides. Marinate for 1-2 hours, turning steak once halfway through to coat again with the sauce.
  2. When ready to cook, prepare a charcoal grill for direct high heat (450-500 degrees F) using Kingsford® charcoal. Brush the cooking grates clean.
  3. Remove the steak from the marinade. Sprinkle steak seasoning evenly on both sides of each steak. Place steak on the grill, and cook with the lid closed as much as possible, turning once or twice, until cooked to your desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium rare. Remove steaks from the grill and immediately top each with a pat of butter. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.




Local firefighters from Station 1 and from Station 4 will compete in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge presented by Kingsford® Charcoal, Dr. Pepper® and A.1.® steak sauce to determine who has the best steak-grilling chops in town. Walmart shoppers in Jacksonville will get a front row seat to the event, which will take place in the parking lot at the 8808 Beach Boulevard store. Shoppers who attend will have the chance to join in the festivities, taste test Walmart USDA Choice Premium steaks, sample Dr. Pepper and A.1. steak sauce for free, and cast their vote for best steak.

The Walmart Steak-Over Challenge will visit eight other cities, including Jacksonville, Fla., San Antonio, Texas, Tampa, Fla. Charlotte, N.C., Atlanta, Ga., Kansas City, Mo., Houston, Texas, and Indianapolis, Ind. The firefighter finalist from each city will compete on behalf of their station for a $20,000 grand prize in Los Angeles, the week of May 20. 

Saturday, March 23

8808 Beach Boulevard

Jacksonville, Fla. 32216

Firefighters start grilling at noon, winner announced at 2 p.m.


Other 2013 competitions include:


  • Jacksonville, Fla.: March 23
  • San Antonio, Texas: March 30
  • Tampa, Fla.: April 6
  • Charlotte, N.C.:  April 13
  • Atlanta, Ga.: April 20
  • Kansas City, Mo.: April 27
  • Houston, Texas: May 4
  • Indianapolis, Ind.: May 11
  • Los Angeles: Week of May 20
 Visit www.walmart.com/steak for steak-grilling tips and recipes from all participating firehouses




I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. Cool they are coming to Atlanta

  2. Wish they were coming closer to my neck of the woods.

  3. They both look amazing and make my mouth water.

  4. MMM! They look delicious!

  5. Yum, I LOVE steak!

  6. awesome – Tampa isn’t that far from me!

  7. Sounds like a blast!

  8. Yummy! I love steak!

  9. Yumm! looks delish!

  10. You know, I’ve never cooked a steak and I don’t think I’ve ever ordered one, either.

  11. One of my friend’s husbands is a firefighter & they sure do take their chow seriously 🙂

  12. mmmm Rib Eyes!

  13. Yum! I’m pretty I haven’t met a steak I didn’t like and this looks amazing!

  14. How fun!!!!

  15. I wish they were coming to my city!

  16. Yum, steak AND firefighters! What a fun event!

  17. That would be a tasty way to spend time!

  18. Hunter I cant wait to try these awesome looking food..

  19. Don Crane The rain could’nt dampen this event.Took my son Hunter Crane Jacksonville fire rescue Station 1 and 4 cooked some amazing steaks from walmart,using A1 dry rub and kingsford charcol.. we didnt get to see which station won due to weather but Hunter really enjoyedall the free samples.Good luck in La to the winner

  20. great recipes. I want to try them. I love that they are doing this.

  21. They both look great. 🙂


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