2019 Beef Month: Raising the Steaks

May is Beef Month in Kentucky! When people think of Kentucky, they typically think of bluegrass, bourbon, and horses - but we're here to tell you, it's BEEF too! Cattle farming is a Kentucky tradition dating back to the 1700s. Today, Kentucky is home to more than 38,000 cattle farmers working hard to raise the stakes in beef production bringing your family flavorful, delicious beef options for all of your grilling needs. 

But, we want to do more than just celebrate Kentucky, we want to give back too. This year we are celebrating #BeefMonthGivesBack to fight hunger in Kentucky and we want you to join us. This May in collaboration with Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Hunger Initiative, we are dedicating Beef Month to celebrating Kentucky while giving back to local communities. 


Raising the STeaks T-Shirt

1 in 6 Kentuckians are food insecure. Get a "Raising the Steaks" t-shirt online at www.wildcatwearhouse.com and 50% of the proceeds will go to Feeding Kentucky to help Kentucky communities in need. If you buy a t-shirt you will be automatically entered to an Ultimate Summer Grilling prize package featuring an Amazon Echo Dot, Weber table top grill, grilling essentials, and more!

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Featured Recipes 

Help us celebrate the kick off to summer grilling this May with our featured Beef Month recipes. Our 2019 recipes will be sure to be a show stopper at any event this grilling season.  


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

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Slices of cucumber are topped with beef Strip Steak, herbed cream cheese and a spicy Asian Sauce. This Beef. It's What's For Dinner. recipe is certified by the American Heart Association®.

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Grilled steak tacos get a spicy salsa marinade and are topped with tequila-kissed pickled red onions.

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 Grilling 101

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.

Let's explore tips to make all your grilling adventures a success. 


Some grill experts emphasize the importance of bringing steaks to room temperature before grilling, but we don’t recommend it for food safety reasons. Likewise, our cooking chart is based on the meat going directly from chill to grill. So plan on pulling the meat from the fridge, seasoning well, and getting started right away.


Make sure your grill is clean (to prevent flare-ups) and the rack is well-oiled (to prevent sticking). If you’re using charcoal, follow the directions for how much you’ll need and how to build the charcoal pile. For gas grills, refer to your owner’s manual and set the grill to medium-high


Use an ovenproof or instant-read thermometer to monitor doneness, and let it go—don’t flip the steaks so much! One flip is usually all you need, but take care to avoid charring or burning and be ready to turn down the heat (or move to a cooler spot on the grill) if necessary. Keep in mind the internal temperature will continue to rise for a few minutes after coming off the grill.


Here’s another step novice cooks often overlook: resting the meat before serving—even if you’re hungry. It’s seriously worth the wait, because it prevents all those tasty juices from draining onto your plate. For most grill-friendly cuts, about five minutes is enough.


If you're slicing the steak before serving, be sure to go across the grain. There’s no shortage of tips for assembling a great burger. For steaks, we recommend topping them off with compound butter or serving with a sauce.


Buy beef and don't break your budget by considering six ways to save. From considering the price per serving to becoming your own butcher (sort of) there are a lot of way to save of purchasing the beef you love.

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May Beef Month Events 

Kentucky Beef Council staff and local Kentucky beef farmers will be traveling statewide to promote beef and summer grilling. We will be hosting beef tasting events, doing beef grilling demonstrations and promoting beef. Check out our list of Beef Month events below to come celebrate beef with us or follow along with our travels on Facebook and Instagram!

April 30th     Proclamation Signing, Kentucky State Capitol, 12 pm

May 1st         Kentucky Derby Festival's BeerFest, Louisville, KY, 6 pm - 9 pm

May 3rd        Derby Burger Sampling at  Kroger,  Middletown, KY, 4 pm - 7 pm

May 8th        Hancock's Neighborhood Market, Cadiz, KY, 10 am - 1 pm

May 10th      Hinton Mill's Mother's Day Event, Flemingsburg, KY, 9 am - 12:30 pm

May 11th       Edmonson County Field Day, Mammoth Cave, KY, 10 am - 1 pm

May 16th      Taste of Beef, Blue Grass Regional Marketplace Lexington, KY, 6:30 pm - 8 pm

May 17th       Bath County Beef Celebration, Courthouse Lawn, Owingsville, KY, 11 am - 2 pm

May 23rd      Madison County Beef Day, Ag Credit Office Richmond, KY, 11 am - 2 pm

May 25th     Muhlenberg County Farmers Market, Powderly, KY, 9 am - 12 pm

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