Summer Grilling 2021

New Mexico

New Mexico'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 New mexico

Santa Fe Grilled Beef Steaks & Corn


A simple chile glaze is used as a spicy finishing touch for savory butter on grilled corn and steaks.

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Grilled Southwest Steaks with Sunset Salad


Your family will appreciate these budget-friendly beef Eye of Round Steaks seasoned with the flavors of the southwest served with a fresh grilled vegetable salad.

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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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New Mexico Ranch Implements Water conservation techniques to restore natural resources

The Cabeza de Baca Family, owners of the Ute Creek Cattle Company in Bueyeros, New Mexico, has been ranching in northeast New Mexico since the early 1800's. They've managed to keep the land in the family through hardships from drought, a failed economy, the dust bowl, World War II, grasshopper infestations and various other challenges. Over the last 18 years, great improvements had been made to the ranch to help with water management, including a water distribution system with two 10,000-gallon water storage tanks installed on the highest point of the ranch. Over 25 miles of pipe distributes water over the ranch through gravity flow to various fenced-off pastures allowing the ranch to maximize grass growth and enhance the soil health even during drought years. The ranch has also added "shade balls" (plastic balls placed in the water to cover the surface) to their water tanks. These balls allows cattle to drink and rain to get through but can reduce evaporation by 91% and save about 16,000 gallons per tank every year. The Ute Creek Cattle Company was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"We do not inherit the land, we borrow it from our children. We’ve done the best we could to leave it better than we found it, and I feel confident future generations shall carry on the heritage ranch." - Tuda Libby Crews, Owner, Ute Creek Cattle Company

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Garrett Foote

Meet New Mexico cattle rancher, Garrett Foote of Texico, New Mexico. The region’s dry, mild environment is ideal for raising cattle. They graze cattle on wheat during the winter months and in the summer months they graze on grass. The grass and wheat grown in the area is very nutrient dense so it makes sense to use the local resources and be stewards of their land.

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ESAP 2019 Region 6

raising beef in new mexico

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 1.4 million cattle and over 10,000 cattle farms and ranches in New Mexico. Learn more about beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate in The Land of Enchantment.

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new mexico fact

Cattle were introduced into New Mexico in 1598, when Juan de Oñate brought 800 cattle to the area. Today there are more than 1.4 million cattle.