Summer Grilling 2021

North Carolina

North Carolina'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 North carolina

Carolina Barbecue Burgers


These are no ordinary burgers. Combine brown sugar, beer, mustard and vinegar to prepare a barbecue sauce to add extra flavor to Ground Beef burgers.

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Sunrise Beef Steak

Sunrise Beef Steak

Mashed sweet potatoes, arugula salad, steak, and a spicy-sweet sauce make for a dish that is as hearty as it is colorful.

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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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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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North Carolina Century-Old Farm Uses Technology to Help Keep Cattle and Crops Thriving

The Honeycutt family of Coats, North Carolina has been farming in the area for over a century and is currently owned by Curt and Ashley. What started as a tobacco farm, today the farm raises cattle, corn, soybeans and wheat. As stewards for a century-old farm, the Honeycutt family understands the importance of being sustainable and focusing on the overall health of the farm for future generations to come. They take soil samples annually to assess the land and keep it productive for each growing season. They have also implemented rotational grazing to maximize grass production by letting areas rest and recover which helps ensure the cattle are always able to eat the best quality food. Several streams run through the pastures and with water quality management in mind, the Honeycutts have designed and installed fencing to allow specific areas where cattle can access the stream for fresh water. The family continues to use different forms of technology to keep accurate, real-time measurements and data on each animal and crop they raise. They are constantly learning and adapting to new practices to provide stress-free and high-quality care for their cattle and crops.

"Sustainability to me means, that my children and future generations will have the option to be a part of this farm and continue what we have been building should they choose to do so. It means producing the highest quality product for the community from our grain to our cattle while being mindful of our impact on the land." - Curt Honeycutt

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Jason and Natalie Farmer

Meet Jason and Natalie Farmer of Louisburg, North Carolina. As third generation farmers, they are raising their children to appreciate the land and cattle they take care of every day. They have a diversified farm that includes row crops and cattle. They are an excellent example of how young farmers in North Carolina are maintaining farming traditions while embracing innovation and raising the next generation. 

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Region 1 - Blue Lake Farms - South Carolina, 2017 Region 2 - Blue Lake Farm - South Carolina

Raising Beef in North Carolina

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. North Carolina has over 810,000 cattle across its 100 counties. North Carolina farmers are diligent in their care for the animals and the land, and always have future generations in mind.

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North Carolina Fact

North Carolina's diversified agriculture ranges from cattle, Christmas trees, broiler chickens, trout, produce, eggs, pork, and peanuts. All 100 counties have cattle for a state total of over 800,000.