In Halo 3 and The Master Chief Collection a Steaktacular is earned and achieved by winning a slayer match with at least 20 kills more than the opposing team. In Halo: Reach, it is awarded to the winning team of an online matchmaking game if the losing team's score is less than 60% of the winning team's score, and the score to win is at least 50.
In its first two appearances, the medal was only awarded for online matchmaking games and was a Bungie.net exclusive medal, meaning that it did not actually appear in-game and could only be viewed in the player's medal chest on the site. In The Master Chief Collection it appears in-game for the first time, is also available in custom games, and can be earned in all five versions of multiplayer.
The medal's description on Bungie.net, 'Luke owes you a steak dinner.', comes from a Bungie Hump Day Challenge where a fat cow was bet over a game, in which Luke Smith bet that he could beat another team, led by Frankie, by at least 20 points. Luke won 50-21.
On March 31, 2012 Bungie.net ceased updating Halo game stats and player records, transferring all record-keeping responsibilities to Halo Waypoint. As Halo 3 and Halo: Reach Steaktacular medals could only be viewed on the site, it is effectively no longer awarded in those games.
- Upon ending statistical updates, Bungie calculated that 382,330,491 medals had been awarded in Halo 3 and Halo 3: ODST. With an average steak of 12 ounces, this equates to 490,167 cows required to satisfy the debt.
- In The Master Chief Collection, the medal's description incorrectly specifies it can be unlocked in a "matchmade slayer game", despite the fact that it is also awarded in custom games.
The remodeled version for Halo Reach.