Summer Grilling 2021


Minnesota'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 Minnesota

Grilled Salsa Steak Appetizer


Tender Flat Iron Steak gets a flavor kick from a simple salsa marinade before being sliced and placed atop corn chips for an impressive appetizer.

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Steak and Vegetable Kabobs with Wild Rice


This no-sweat Beef Kabobs recipe is a breeze thanks to a flavorful marinade and the grill. Try these kabobs today.

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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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Minnesota family focuses on rotational grazing for land and cattle health

Stoney Creek Farm, located in South Central Minnesota, is owned and operated by Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz, alongside their daughter Karlie. The main focus of this third generation farm is rotational grazing to improve their grass. The Breitkreutzs have worked closely with the National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) to divide all of their land for rotational grazing purposes, and continually attend educational classes on the subject. As a result of their efforts, where grasses only grew to three or four inches high, they now grow above waist-height. Grant, Dawn, and Karlie have also installed 14 watering facilities to support their rotational plan, which has resulted in less runoff to the nearby Minnesota River and has improved the local creeks and streams. The family also works in partnership with the state, using their cattle to graze on and thus help manage state-owned land. Regardless of what the Breitkreutzs undertake, the happiness of their cattle and the health of their land is of upmost priority. For their work in conservation, Stoney Creek Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"Watching my dad learn about rotational grazing and mob grazing and what we can do to better our environment--he is passionate about creating something that's going to last, and he has become very passionate about creating something that's going to benefit our next generations." - Karlie Breitkreutz, 4th Generation Farm Manager, Stoney Creek Farm

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Jake Thompson

Meet Jake Thompson from Four Hill Farms, Inc., in Barnesville, Minnesota. Jake and his brother, Nate, raise crops and beef cattle on their family farm. They use innovative technologies on the farm to decrease labor and add efficiency, from a camera system during calving to check cows to a handheld electric fence fault-finder to help check fences. Jake and Nate farm on the same ground that their great grandfather, grandfather and father did and take pride in continuing the legacy with the next generation.

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Stoney Creek Farm

raising beef in minnesota

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. Currently, Minnesota is home to over 2.2 million cattle and 20,000 beef farmers and ranchers. Learn more about the people and the process involved in raising beef from the pasture to the plate in The North Star State.

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Minnesota Fact

Minnesota is a leading producer of red kidney beans, sugar beets, sweet corn and green beans and is 10th in the nation for cattle production with over 2 million cattle.