Summer Grilling 2021

Iowa

Iowa'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 Iowa

ribeye steaks with blue cheese butter and mushrooms

RIBEYE STEAKS WITH BLUE CHEESE BUTTER AND MUSHROOMS

Ribeyes and Portobello mushrooms are grilled and served with a compound butter. Bonus recipe for sandwiches using leftovers included.

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Cumin-Seasoned Steaks with Spicy Grilled Corn Salsa

CUMIN-RUBBED STEAK TACOS 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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Discover More Iowa Flavors and Recipes

Experience all the flavors of the Midwest with a Sweet Bacon Jam and Corn Relish Burger from Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats. Or take a trip around the world with a Beef Negimaki (Japanese Steak and Scallion Rolls) from Iowa blogger, Lauren, at Zestful Kitchen.

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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

4th and 5th generation Iowa farm families put caring for their land first

Located in the quaint small town of Lewis, Iowa is Euken-Myers Farm, which has been in the Euken family for over a century. This dedicated family takes a holisitic approach to managing their farm, feeding the corn they grow to their cattle and using the cattle manure to fertilize their crops. In doing so, the Euken and Myers families have developed a truly sustainable farm with a long-term focus. In addition to care for their cattle and crops, Euken-Myers farm also prioritizes care for their land by focusing on soil health. The family conducts regular soil analysis in order to provide the ground with exactly what it needs. They have also implemented terracing and cover cropping in order to prevent soil erosion and runnoff. For their commitment to land, soil, and cattle care, Euken-Myers Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"Taking care of the land, the soil, and the cattle are a top priority for our family. It's something that is in our DNA." - Jill Euken, Euken-Meyers Farm

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Hanrahan Ranch

The Hanrahan Ranch of Cumming, Iowa in Madison County shares the importance of cattle care and stewardship of the resources they are provided. Dan Hanrahan, with his parents Virginia and Richard, work towards leaving a legacy for the land to be better than when they started. “The best way I can describe stewardship is that we are fortunate to be caretakers for the time we have here. Always thinking, ‘What can I do to improve the ground? What can I do to improve the herd for those who come after me?' It's a responsibility for something larger than yourself," says Dan of his vision for the farm.

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ESAP 2020

Raising BEef in Iowa

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 3.6 million cattle and over 25,000 cattle farms and ranches throughout Iowa. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The Tall Corn State.

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Iowa Fact

Iowa is home to food inventions like Sloppy Joes which were born in Sioux City in 1930 and Taco Pizza which was invented in Bettendorf, IA in 1974.