The Great Food Truck Race, Season 5: Behind the Scenes of Episode 4

See highlights from Season 5, Episode 4 of The Great Food Truck Race.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

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Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Adam Murphy ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Photo By: Jeremiah Alley

If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

This week the race heads to Oklahoma City. Many of the teams are retooling their menus, but the members of Lone Star Chuck Wagon are sticking to their signature dishes: "I still really believe in our food," says Lance. Tyler's first challenge is to sell steak, which fits perfectly with the team's menu.

When Time Is of the Essence

At the start of the day Tyler emphasized to the teams the importance of understanding "the operations of your own business." What they don't know is that he's already testing their time management in a secret Speed Bump. Unfortunately, the Beach Cruiser team decides not to take Tyler's advice.

Wishful Thinking

Since steak is on the menu, Tyler has provided $400 in seed money, the most he's given the teams yet. Let There Be Bacon's Jon decides to call in his meat order ahead of time, but at the market he and his teammates run into a snag: They're over budget. "This was supposed to save us time," Jon worries.

Keeping an Eye Out

Middle Feast finds a spot in front of The Pink Cadillac in Bricktown to start Day 1. It turns out all the trucks have parked at various spots on the same street. However, Tommy's not concerned. Instead, he sees it as an advantage: "This is a great way for us to keep our eye on the competition," he says.

Timing Tactics Gone Wrong

Upon parking in Bricktown, Beach Cruiser gets a long line of patrons. "I don't know how long these people will wait, but we're gonna set a little bit of a later time opening," says Gretta, hoping they can crank out food faster later. However, that wasn't what Tyler had in mind when he warned them that "time is money."

Lesson Learned, Advantage Earned

To speed up Madres' output, Javier has his entire team prepping in order to open sooner. Tyler calls to tell them they've won the Speed Bump, earning the right to be the only team open. "We wanted to come into the city focused and energized, and that's what we did this morning and it's paid off," says Javier.

Restless in Oklahoma City

"This must be what a lion feels like at the zoo, just pacing back and forth in the cage," says Jon as Let There Be Bacon waits for Tyler's call. The team ends up being the second-to-last team to open, with Beach Cruiser waiting a total of one hour to get Tyler's go-ahead, since they were the slowest to start selling.

Slow Pace at the Race

Seeing that business has slowed down in Bricktown, Madres Mexican Meals heads to the Remington Park racetrack. "We won the time challenge," says Javier. "Hopefully, we'll continue with that momentum." Sales, however, aren't adding up at the new location, and the team fails to hustle up customers.

Time for a Challenge

The next day, many of the trucks are back at their original locations, including Let There Be Bacon, which is selling out of its bacon pancakes. "Let's just try to push people into some higher-ticket items if you can," Jon tells Matt, worrying about profits. Before they know it, Tyler calls with a Truck Stop challenge.

The Name of the Game

For the challenge, the teams must sell fried onion burgers. The first two teams to sell 50 of them will earn rewards. After stopping by Tucker's for a demo, Lone Star Chuck Wagon heads back to Bricktown but they find they're nowhere close: "I am watching my dreams of winning this food truck disappear," says Andrea.

Leveling the Competition

Selling a local specialty to locals is a bit of a hard sell, but Beach Cruiser is one of only two teams finding success. Having turned their truck into an assembly line, they find their prep much easier, compared with their usual menu. "You put us on that even playing field and we will win," Gretta says.

Concerted Effort

"It seems right up our alley," Dylan of Let There Be Bacon says about having to sell the fried onion burgers. Luckily, the teams have been provided with the raw materials, including the meat, but they have to grind it themselves. Jon knows what to do, and Matt knows how to sell the burgers, but will the customers come?

Reaching Their Goal

When Beach Cruiser reaches its sales goal, Gretta calls Tyler and finds out her team is the first to do so, thus earning $500. "I cannot believe we won this challenge," says Gretta. Soon after, Middle Feast calls Tyler and gets $250 for being second. Let There Be Bacon comes in third but earns no reward.

Ending in Oklahoma City

At elimination Middle Feast comes in first place, with over $6,000 in sales. Let There Be Bacon fails to break out of the middle. Both Lone Star Chuck Wagon and Madres Mexican Meals didn't reach their Truck Stop goal and, not surprisingly, fall into the bottom, with Madres Mexican Meals exiting the race.

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