Summer Grilling 2021

California

California's taste buds have spoken and they're calling out for beef on the grill. Discover local recipes, flavors and meet members of the beef community.

Recipes Grilled in California

Lemon-Garlic Grilled Beef Tri-Tip Roast with Vegetables

LEMON-GARLIC GRILLED BEEF TRI-TIP ROAST WITH VEGETABLES

Marinated in white wine and lemon, this beef Tri-Tip Roast is flavorful and satisfying served up with colorful vegetables.

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Beef California Roll Salad

BEEF "CALIFORNIA ROLL" SALAD

This colorful deconstructed salad was inspired by popular sushi rolls. Delicious grilled Strip Steaks mingle with wasabi cucumbers, ginger carrots and creamy avocado.

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Expert Grilling Advice from Beef. It's What's For dInner.

  • Consider your cut: While classics, such as Strip Steak and Ribeye, can be an easy go-to, there are endless options when it comes to cuts of beef. Why not try taking your grilling game up a notch with a cut you might not be as familiar with, like a juicy Flat Iron or a lean, flavorful Flank Steak. More cut ideas for grilling can be found here.
  • Elevate those flavors: Marinades and rubs are a great way to take beef to the next level with minimal effort. To add extra flavor, tender cuts can be marinated for as little as 15 minutes or as long as two hours. For less tender cuts, marinating for at least six hours, but not more than 24 hours, will do the trick.
  • Medium and steady wins the race: When it comes to cooking beef, there is no need to rush the process by using any higher heat than medium. Cooking at a medium heat allows beef to achieve caramelization while still developing rich flavors and avoiding charring.
  • Temperature is king To have the best eating experience, it is important to cook beef to the correct internal temperature. The best way to ensure accurate results is to use a meat thermometer.
  • Let it Rest: Always let beef rest for about 5 minutes after it comes off the grill to lock in all those tasty juices.
  • Time to savor: Once you’ve finished grilling that delicious beef meal, it’s time to sit back and enjoy.


Grilling

grilling basics

Grilling is one of the most exciting ways to enjoy beef. Whether cooking on a gas or charcoal grill, in the backyard or at a tailgate, this cooking method provides maximum flavor and optimal tenderness.

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Rub Ingredients

marinades and rubs

While most cuts taste great with just a pinch of salt and pepper, the chance to boost flavor with a host of savory marinades or rubs invites exploration and takes your beef to new flavor heights.

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best beef cuts for grilling

Looking for the best steaks to grill? You won’t go wrong with these juicy and delicious steak cuts. All the favorites are here, including T-Bone, Tenderloin and Top Sirloin. Plus some new ones to master, such as the Flat Iron and Ranch Steak.

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More Great Grilling Recipes

Zesty BBQ Cheeseburgers

The tastiest burgers

Have you ever wanted to devour all the delicious burgers across the United States? We've got a solution to cure your foodie wanderlust. Experience all the delicious U.S. burgers without leaving your kitchen!

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grilling favorites

It's always time to fire up the grill and we’ve got just what you’re looking for. Whether you want a classic burger or a spice-rubbed steak with a side of grilled fruit, this collection won’t disappoint.

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Smoked Beef Brisket

flavorful smoked beef recipes

Fire up the smoker and enjoy the delicious taste of smoked beef. From traditional barbecue dishes to recipes with more flair, we have a recipe for expert and beginner pitmasters alike.

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MEET THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE BEEF

"Take care of the land and the land will take care of you" is this California ranch's doctrine

Near Sacramento, California lies Yolo Land & Cattle Co., founded by Hank Stone and managed by the Stone family. Yolo Land & Cattle Co. operates under the philosophy, "Take care of the land and the land will take care of you," and that is apparent in everything that they do. From the start, the Stones built a diversified operation in order to enhance sustainability. In addition, as their climate is prone to drought, the ranch focuses on providing water in a sustainable way to their cattle. This involves the extensive use of irrigated pasture as well as reusing rinse water from a local tomato cannery. Yolo Land & Cattle Co. also repeatedly partners with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) on numerous projects, including the installation of solar power and restoring native plant populations. They even house their own agrotourism division to educate the public about their sustainable practices. The Stones have also placed their ranch in a conservation easement- taking the ultimate measure to protect their land. For their dedication to protecting the land, Yolo Land & Cattle Co. was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"We are simply short-term tenants on this planet, and we have an obligation to leave the ranch in better condition for the next generation. That's what this is all about." - Scott Stone, Manager of Commercial Cattle Operation, Yolo Land & Cattle Co.

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Kevin Kester

Kevin Kester and his wife, June, own Bear Valley Ranch, in Parkfield, California, just outside of Paso Robles. As parts of the 22,000-acre ranch are not easily accessible by automobile, Kevin relies on the use of technology, such as drones, to check on water supplies and irrigation systems throughout the property. The rolling hills and valleys of the ranch are home to cattle, horses, wildlife, native grasslands and, most recently, rows of grape vines that are sold to local vineyards to make wine. Mixing time-honored traditions with cutting-edge innovations, the Kester family and Bear Valley Ranch provide a fascinating example of how ranchers blend traditions with the technology of today to raise the best beef possible.

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Raising beef in California

Raising beef is a complex process, but throughout the entire journey, one thing remains constant – the shared commitment to raising cattle in a safe, humane and environmentally sustainable way. Today, there are more than 5.2 million cattle and over 13,000 cattle farms and ranches in California. Learn more about California beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.

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CALIFORNIA FACT

California is known as the “salad bowl capital of the world” as over a third of the country’s vegetables and two-thirds of the country’s fruits and nuts are grown in the state.