Summer Grilling 2021

Montana

Montana'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 Montana

Classic Beef Kabobs

Classic Beef Kabobs

Cubes of seasoned, tender steak grilled with mushrooms, peppers, and onions on a skewer. A recipe that's perfect for an appetizer, snack, or dinner.

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Rocky Mountain Grilled T-Bone Steak With Charro-style beans

ROCKY MOUNTAIN GRILLED T-BONE STEAKS WITH CHARRO-STYLE BEANS

This recipe tastes great over the campfire or on your grill at home. Pepper-rubbed T-Bone Steaks are served with flavorful Charro-style beans.

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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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Beef Lifestyle_Platter of steaks

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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Beef Lifestyle2

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

Third Generation Montana Ranch protects  natural resources through rotational grazing practices

Cherry Creek Ranch in Terry, Montana is one of the few remaining original homesteads in Eastern Montana. The ranch is owned by Lon and Vicki Reukauf who are the third generation to work on the ranch. This legacy drives the conservation and sustainability philosophy to keep the ranch strong for future generations to come. Part of keeping the ranch healthy includes a strong emphasis on rotational grazing as a way to manage grasslands and maintain soil quality. Lon instituted a system that rotates herds through multiple pastures to ensure grazing pressure is limited. This system has led to an increase in grass species diversity by improving the root depth and water holding capacity of the soil.  Since this area only receives 12.5 inches of average annual rainfall, the grazing system allows for the soil to remain healthy and absorb as much water as it can. In addition to the rotational grazing, the Reunkaufs installed 15 solar wells in strategic locations to provide clean, fresh and consistent water for cattle to drink. These wells also allow the cattle to stay away from sensitive riparian areas leading to more biodiversity. Eager to share their passion of the land with others, Cherry Creek Ranch encourages public access to their lands for hunting, keeping the natural resources. Due to their dedication to sustainability, Cherry Creek Ranch was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"For three generations we wake up every morning and have great intentions to improve the land and the landscape for our cattle and always putting their needs ahead of our own." - Vicki Reukauf, Owner, Cherry Creek Ranch

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Kiley Martinell

Meet Montana rancher, Kiley Martinell. Kiley grew up on a ranch in Choteau, MT and her interests always tended to lean toward animals. She attended college at MSU-Bozeman, where she earned a degree in Animal Science and met her future husband Heath. After four years as a bovine embryologist, she and Heath decided it was time to move back to his family’s ranch in Dell. They currently work together with his parents, Allen and Yvonne Martinell, raising cattle. In addition to helping on the ranch, she works part time for as an embryologist and has stayed involved in the community by serving on the school board, the Lima swimming pool board, as a 4-H leader and on the Montana Beef Council Board. Kiley and Heath feel fortunate to raise their three children on a ranch in a rural community. 

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Cherry Creek Ranch

raising beef in montana

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 2.5 million cattle and over 11,000 cattle farms and ranches in Montana. Learn more about Montana's beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate.

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montana fact

Montana ranks second in the United States with farms and ranch land, totaling nearly 59.8 million acres.