Summer Grilling 2021

Virginia

Virginia'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 Virginia

ribeye steaks with blue cheese butter and mushrooms

RIBEYE STEAKS WITH BLUE CHEESE BUTTER AND MUSHROOMS

Ribeyes and Portobello mushrooms are grilled and served with a compound butter. Bonus recipe for sandwiches using leftovers included.

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Harvest steak and qunioa salad

HARVEST STEAK & QUINOA SALAD

Enjoy a great tasting harvest salad using Skirt Steak, quinoa, squash, apple and almonds.

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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

250 year old Virginia Farm continues to make improvements to local land and water resources

Overhome Farm in Crozier, Virginia is owned by Ronnie Nuckols and has been in his family since 1876, when his great-great grandfather first purchased the land. Fast forward to today and Ronnie is actively involved with restoring and protecting the land his family has owned for close to 250 years. Overhome Farms worked with the local Natural Resources Conservation Service to implement a conservation plan on the farm. This plan included installing fencing around important water sources. In order to get water to cattle, Overhome Farm installed pumps from local reservoirs to ponds which then gravity-feed water tanks on the various pastures. With the water system providing clean drinking water for the animals through the farm, Nuckols was able to create a grazing plan to help improve the condition of his pastures by letting the grass rest while cattle moved to another area. But the work didn't stop there: Nuckols and his wife, Cheryl, placed the farm in a permanent conservation easement which protects the land from future development. For their work in conservation, Overhome Farm was awarded the prestigious Environmental Stewardship Award (ESAP).

"It's about the history as you look back at how many people in the family have farmed here. You just hope you can carry that on and continue the legacy. That's our hope." - Cheryl Nuckols, Owner, Overhome Farm

Meet More Members of the Beef Community:

Tom Nixon

Tom Nixon and his family owns Glenmary Farm LLC in Orange County and Western View Plantation LLC in Culpeper County, Virginia. In addition to their grain and poultry operation, they run over 1,000 commercial cows where they calve in both the Fall and Spring. All beef is sold either wholesale or direct sale to high-end restaurants, school systems and grocery stores in Virginia, Washington D.C. and Maryland. 

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ESAP 2019 Region 1

raising beef in virginia

Virginia's beef industry sustains the Virginia families that raise it, and sustains the families that eat beef with a wholesome, flavor-packed protein. Virginia's farming families are a lot like you. With an average herd size of around 30 cattle, many Virginia cattlemen and women balance caring for their cattle and land with other full-time occupations. They juggle farm and house chores, meal prep, and raising a happy and healthy family. Get to know more about some of the families who raise beef in Virginia.

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Virginia Fact

Virginia’s agricultural production is one of the most diverse in the nation. In fact, 60% of Virginia Farmers own cattle and they also rank in the top 10 producing states for apples, grapes, peanuts and tomatoes.