"I wrote a desperation plea to all my Facebook friends," Steve said. "It was an extremely close competition and I was ecstatic when I discovered that I had won."
Steve said he eats at Hillbilly Hot Dogs quite frequently and wanted to tackle the Widow Maker himself.
The Knights awarded him with a free Widow Maker and he invited his wife, Andrea Alley, and some friends to come watch him devour it Friday at the Huntington location.
Steve had to eat the hot dog in less than 34 minutes if he wanted to beat a time recorded by Chris Hutchison earlier last week.
"I know he can eat the whole thing," Andrea said. "I've seen how he eats so trust me, he can do it."
The Knights brought the Widow Maker out of the kitchen on a turkey platter. The hot dog had some select condiments on top, including jalapeno peppers.
"He's sleeping alone tonight," Andrea laughed. "I may have to take him to the emergency room later to have his stomach pumped."
Steve took bite after bite. The customers inside at the time cheered him on. He oftentimes dipped the bun into water to make it go down easier.
In the end, Steve could not pull it off. He looked into the camera and gave thumbs down.
Steve explained how he came up with the Widow Maker name.
"I work for Aspen Tree Company and the term refers to a large limb or broken tree-top that falls while the tree is being felled," he said. "Then again, it also means something that could kill you."
The Widow Maker can be purchased for $24.99 and Hillbilly Hot Dogs is located on Third Avenue in Huntington and on Ohio River Road in Lesage.
For more information, visit www.hillbillyhotdogs.com.
Contact writer John Gibb at john.g...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1796.