Summer Grilling 2021

Idaho

Idaho'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 Idaho

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GRILLED RIBEYE STEAKS AND POTATOES WITH SMOKY PAPRIKA RUB

Smoky seasoned steak and wedged potatoes grilled to perfection. Served with a simple sour cream and onion sauce.

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Balsamic Marinated Flank Steak

BALSAMIC MARINATED FLANK STEAK

Tangy balsamic vinegar makes this marinade. Mix in Dijon mustard, garlic and basil, pour over Flank Steak, then grill and serve with a variety of veggies for a simple, fresh meal.

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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

Idaho cow-calf ranch is dedicated to providing the highest levels of animal care

Situated on the Idaho-Oregon border is Brackett Ranches, owned and operated by husband and wife team Ira and Kim, alongside their four children. Dedicated to the stewardship of their land and cow-calf ranch, the Bracketts are constantly working to provide a low-stress working environment for their cattle. To accomplish this, the family has been Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified ever since they started more than 20 years ago. As part of this certification, the Bracketts coordinate with their veterinarians to ensure that their cattle are treated with the utmost care and safety. Brackett Ranches also rotationally graze their cattle across public lands, providing a sustainable food source for their animals while dually managing and improving the country's natural landscape. For the family's dedication to maintaining the highest levels of land and animal care, Brackett Ranches was awarded the prestigious Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Cow-Calf Award. The National BQA Awards recognize outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators who demonstrate the highest levels of animal care and handling principles as part of their day-to-day operation activities.

"When we think about sustainability on our outfit, it's the decisions we make every day, and we want those decisions to be in the best interest of the ranch, of course, but also the cattle, the land, the wildlife, and the water, too." - Kim Brackett, Manager, Brackett Ranches

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

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Lance Pekus

Lance Pekus, also known as the Cowboy Ninja, ranches with his father-in-law in Salmon, Idaho. Lance met his wife, Heather, in college and fell in love with the family, community and ranching lifestyle. While Lance’s day job is helping raise cows and calves in the central mountains of Idaho, he still finds the time and (thanks in part to beef and his family) the energy to compete as a Ninja Warrior.

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raising beef in idaho

As one of the leading agricultural industries in Idaho, the cattle business touches many Idahoans every day - from the ranchers to the processors and plant workers, to delivery truck drivers to restaurant operators and supermarket managers. In the end, it benefits the people who eat it by providing safe, wholesome and nutritious products that fuel our bodies. 

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idaho fact

Idaho is home to culinary innovations such as Finger Steaks. These crunchy, breaded or batter-fried strips of whole beef are served with a tangy sauce and the options are endless when it comes to flavor.