Summer Grilling 2021


Colorado'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 Colorado

Rocky Mountain Grilled T-Bone Steak With Charro-style beans


This recipe tastes great over the campfire or on your grill at home. Pepper-rubbed T-Bone Steaks are served with flavorful Charro-style beans.

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Grilled Pasilla Beef (Carne Asad)


A pasilla pepper marinade adds flavor and heat to grilled Skirt Steak. The thin-sliced grilled steak or Carne Asada en Espanol can be tucked into a tortilla for taco Tuesday or any night of the week.

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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 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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Generational Family Ranch Serves as example for cutting-edge conservation

Beatty Canyon Ranch, owned and operated by Steve & Joy Wooten and Arin & Brady Burnham, is located in Las Animas County, Colorado and covers over 125,000 acres. The ranch is located in a semi-arid region that experiences occasional rainfall and drought conditions. To help protect the natural resources of the land, Beatty Canyon Ranch practices rotational grazing to allow natural grasses to grow in one area while cattle eat from another area. Once an area has grown and is healthy, the cattle will rotate, allowing the previous area to rest. This land management has not only helped the land and cattle, but it also controls invasive species and supports the local wildlife populations including some endangered species, such as the Massasauga Rattlesnake. For their sustainability efforts, the Beatty Canyon Ranch was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP). 

"When I think about what my great-grandfather and my grandfather would think now when they look down on us, I think they'd be proud. I think they would say that we've carried the family tradition forward of care of the land, care of the animals, and care of family." - Steve Wooten, Owner, Beatty Canyon Ranch

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VanWinkle Ranches

Meet Howard, Janie and their son, Dean VanWinkle in Mesa County, Colorado. As fourth and fifth generation ranchers, they work together on VanWinkle Ranch to produce an affordable, safe, and nutritious product while caring for land, livestock and community. They graze cattle on both private and public lands in western Colorado, using a rotational grazing system that ensures the properties are productive in a sustainable manner.  They are involved with numerous organizations in Colorado’s Grand Valley to be a part of the community including the local Chamber of Commerce, local Cattlemen’s and Cattlewomen’s organizations, working with outdoor recreation and providing opportunities for youth to learn about Agriculture and the outdoors. VanWinkle Ranch markets some of the cattle through their direct to consumer Ground Beef program. VanWinkle Ranch is always open to questions about their processes and production practices. 

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2017 ESAP Winners - Flying Diamond Ranch - Region V - Colorado

Raising Beef in Colorado

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 by using the latest technology and resources. Today, there are more than 2.8 million cattle and over 14,000 cattle farms and ranches in Colorado. Learn more about the Colorado beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.

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Colorado Fact

Colorado is home to many agriculture industries including potatoes, onions, sunflowers, sugar beets and grapes, but cattle are Colorado’s number one agricultural commodity with over 2.8 million head of cattle.