Summer Grilling 2021

South Dakota

South Dakota'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 South dakota

Beef Sirloin Kabobs with Roasted Red Pepper Dipping Sauce


Steak Kabobs are a hit with the family because they are tender, flavorful and are fast to grill. Try the red-pepper dipping sauce to delight your table.

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Grilled Flank Steak and Potato Salad


If you like potato salad, this recipe is for you. Beef up this summer staple with flavorful beef Flank Steak, barbecue sauce, and colorful peppers in a vinaigrette.

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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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South Dakota Family Feedlot Protects and restores local land and water resources

The Moes Family Feedlot in Watertown, South Dakota began expanding in 2011 to create more comfortable and spacious lots for cattle to continue to get high-quality feed. The family also takes great strides to clean the cattle pens and put the waste back into the land to fertilize the soil, decreasing the use of commercial fertilizer and increasing the moisture and organic matter levels in the soil. Moes Family Feedlot also takes advantage of different technologies to ensure that cattle are healthy and receiving the proper nutrients in their food. The conservation steps don't just stop with their own cattle though. The family has also planted 25 acres of trees to serve as a windbreak and to provide habitat for the local wildlife. For their dedication to sustainability, the Moes Family Feedlot was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"When we do all this, we’re thinking of the next generation. We want to make this land as good—or better—than when we got it for them. So by making it as good or better for them they can keep growing and expanding, and keep this symbiotic relationship with the livestock and the wildlife." - Bryan Moes, Moes Family Feedlot

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Todd and Deb Mortenson

Meet Todd, Deb and their son Quinn of Mortenson Ranch, an 18,000-acre ranch located in west-central South Dakota along the Cheyenne River. The ranch has been in the  family for well over a hundred years and is currently being run by the third generation. The environmental stewardship exhibited on the ranch has long been a source of pride for the Mortensons. The ranch has won numerous conservation awards including The Leopold Award and National Cattlemen's Beef Association Region 7 Environmental Stewardship Award. The ranch continues to host tours as a way to demonstrate to the public how a working ranch benefits the land and all the species that depend on it. The diversity of plants and wildlife species is something to behold.

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Moes Feedlot

Raising Beef in South Dakota

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 3.6 million cattle and over 13,000 cattle farms and ranches in South Dakota. Learn more about the beef farmers and ranchers who are raising beef from pasture to plate in The Mount Rushmore State.

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south dakota fact

South Dakota is a leading state for cattle, hogs, lambs, sheep and wool production.