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Illinois'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 Illinois

Steak with Grilled Corn Salsa


Pair Strip Steaks with grilled corn, garlic, cilantro and sun-dried tomatoes for a fresh and satisfying meal.

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Cumin-Seasoned Steaks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa


A simple sweet and spicy rub gives Top Sirloin Steak delicious flavor while homemade grilled corn salsa adds a smoky finish. Top with avocado cream for a smooth finish!

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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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Illinois Farm Implements Conservation Practices for Future Generations

Lou Lamoreux of Lanark, Illinois represents the fifth-generation farmer of his family. The family has been farming the area since 1867 and along with cattle, they also raise corn, soybeans, and alfalfa. Over the life of their farm, the Lamoreux family has continually adapted and implemented conservation practices to improve the land and the overall sustainability of their farm. Instituting various conservation practices- from crop rotation to a cattle-friendly barn layout- has played a critical role in not only meeting the short-term improvement of the current cattle herd and crop growth, but also in meeting the family’s long-term vision of improving the farm for future generations. For their conservation work, Lamoreux Farms was award the Illinois Beef Association Environmental Steward of the Year.

"It’s more than a business; it’s a lifestyle. I have two young sons. If they don’t want to farm, that’s fine, but I want them to have the opportunity to do that. So that’s first and foremost: farm like you are going to pass it on and leave it better for the next generation." - Nate Lamoreux, Lamoreux Farms

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Christine Wexell

Meet Illinois farmer, Christine Wexell. Christine grew up in Oregon, Illinois near a feedlot where her grandma also owned a small farm, which piqued her interest in cattle and farming. In 2003, Christine moved to the Quad Cities where she pursued a career in nursing. She and her husband also purchased a small farm and their first three cows. As a nurse and runner, Christine recognizes and values the benefits of knowing where beef comes from and how essential it is to a healthy and balanced diet.

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Funk Farms Trust

raising beef in illinois

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 1.1 million cattle and over 16,000 cattle farms and ranches throughout Illinois. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The Prairie State.

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illinois fact

Illinois farmland covers 27 million acres which is about 75 percent of the state's total land area. In fact, Illinois farmers grow more pumpkins than anywhere else in the world.