Beef Lifestyle - Family BBQ

Maine

Maine'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 Maine

Foil Packet Beef and Vegetable Meal

FOIL PACKET BEEF AND VEGETABLE MEAL

Build a packet with shredded beef, beef sausage and vegetables and cook on the grill. Super easy and fun for the whole family. And … no clean up.

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Maple-Bacon Beer Burger

MAPLEWOOD-SMOKED BACON BEER BURGERS

What's not to love about this recipe? Ground Beef patties are grilled and topped with smoked bacon and cheddar.

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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

Maine farm centers their enterprise around cattle welfare

Shaw Road Farm in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine exists as the thriving, sustainable business it is today due to the hard work and care of Fred and Karen Cookson and their family. It is the Cooksons' belief that to deliver on their promise of raising the best beef possible, cattle welfare comes first. Through low-stress cattle handling techniques inspired by Temple Grandin, Colorado State University animal science professor and humane livestock handling expert, everything on the farm is configured to ensure their cows are taken care of every step of the way. The family has also implemented rotational grazing, and ensures that all fields are managed and fertilized organically. With an increased emphasis on selling directly to consumers, the Cooksons do not take these sustainable measures for profit, but feel that it is a duty to their customers. For their care for the land, people, and cattle, Shaw Road Farm was recommended for the National Beef Quality Assurance Award (BQA). The National BQA Awards recognizes outstanding beef and dairy producers, marketers, and educators that best demonstrate animal care and handling principles as part of the day-to-day activities on their respective operations.

"Every animal has a basic fundamental right to life in an environment which is as comfortable as possible, and if my charge is to care for a herd, then it is my duty to provide such an environment." - Benjamin Cookson, Shaw Road Farm

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JESSE AND CORINNA CARON

Meet Maine cattle farmers, Jesse and Corinna Caron of Casa Cattle Company. The Caron family has specialized in registered Belted and White Galloway cattle for 15 years. They take pride in producing high quality beef from pasture to plate while maintaining a cow herd of over 30 cattle with diverse genetics that promote the amazing beef quality traits. The Caron family maintains that hard work is rewarded with animals that provide the best beef possible.

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Raising beef in maine

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 80,000 cattle and over 1,700 cattle farms in Maine. Learn more about beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate in The Pinetree State.

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Maine Fact

Maine leads the world in production of wild blueberries and is 2nd in the nation in the production of maple syrup.