Beef has a starring role in your summer barbecue- whether you’re meeting with a small group of friends or hosting a large family gathering- we've got you covered! Beef's versatility allows you to plan ahead with marination or prepare a star worthy meal at a moment's notice! Impress your guests and learn delicious new ways to grill beef, proper doneness and meal planning tips.
First up...the grilling basics! Grilling is a popular method for preparing steak- it's known for no-fuss clean-up and that smoky, grilled flavor no other cooking method can mimic. If you're not an expert griller, don't fret! Follow these steps and you’ll find grilling easy and—most importantly—very satisfying. Check out our grilling guidelines for more cook time information.
Some grill experts emphasize the importance of bringing steaks to room temperature before grilling, but we don’t recommend it for food safety reasons. Likewise, our cooking chart is based on the meat going directly from chill to grill. So plan on pulling the meat from the fridge, seasoning well, and getting started right away.
Make sure your grill grate is clean. If you’re using charcoal, follow the directions for how much you’ll need and how to build the charcoal pile. For gas grills, refer to your owner’s manual and set the grill to medium.
Use an instant-read thermometer to monitor doneness, and let it go—don’t flip the steaks so much! One flip is usually all you need, but take care to avoid charring or burning and be ready to turn down the heat (or move to a cooler spot on the grill) if necessary. Keep in mind the internal temperature will continue to rise for a few minutes after coming off the grill.
Here’s another step novice cooks often overlook: resting the meat before serving—even if you’re hungry. It’s seriously worth the wait, because it prevents all those tasty juices from draining onto your plate. For most grill-friendly cuts, about five minutes is enough.
If you're slicing the steak before serving, be sure to cut across the grain to maximize tenderness.
Our featured chefs, Tim Hollingsworth, Jordan Andino, Brooke Williamson and Rasheed Phillips, showcase grilled recipes made for all sized meal occasions featuring affordable cuts of beef that are versatile for your summer gathering needs.
Chef Tim Hollingworth says 'Porterhouse is the perfect size for 2 to 4 people. Mushrooms add brightness to the steak, which is nice especially during hot summer days. This is my favorite way to cook a steak, and the fresh herbs are a super simple way to elevate it.'
Chef Jordan Andino says 'Nothing says summer like beef on the grill. This is one of those sandwiches that pleases everyone in a crowd and tastes unforgettable. The Tri-Tip Steak is perfect for grilling, for 5 to 6 people, and then slicing (across the grain) for a tender, juicy sandwich.'
Chef Brooke Williamson says 'Tri-Tip Roast is great for feeding 6 to 8 people. It grills up in about 30 minutes and can be served family-style, sliced against the grain on a platter. I topped mine with chili butter and herbed corn for that perfect summertime taste.'
Chef Rasheed Phillips says 'Ground beef is an affordable option when feeding a crowd, around 10 people. Stock up to have it on hand. It provides a great backdrop for customizable burger toppings at your next party.'
Is your beef always overcooked? Our culinary center came up with this guide to help you determine beef doneness. Plan to purchase an instant read meat thermometer and follow our tips.
Don't be afraid to grill beef at home- refer to these handy timing tips for perfect doneness based on the beef cut used.
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