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May Beef Month

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 the largest beef cattle state east of the Mississippi. There are more than 38,000 cattle farmers across the Bluegrass.

If Kentucky tradition were a flavor, it would taste like fine golden spirits and savory steak. Help us celebrate Kentucky this May by celebrating two of Kentucky's traditions - bourbon and beef. These bourbon-infused beef recipes are Kentucky inspired and the perfect recipes to kick off summer grilling season! 

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

 1 in 6 Kentuckians are food insecure. Get a "Beef, Bourbon, & Bluegrass." t-shirt online at or in-store at Wildcat Wearhouse and 50% of the proceeds will go to the Kentucky Association of Food Banks to help Kentucky communities in need.


Derby Bourbon Burger


It wouldn't be May in Kentucky if we were celebrating the our state's famous horse race! This year's winning Derby Burger is the "D to the Double B" or "Derby Bourbon Burger" created by Louisville native, Jay Neubacher. It's got the bourbon smoked spices, sauteed mushrooms and onions, and a special sauce that is to die for! 

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Bourbon Marinated Sirloin with Mint Chimichurri


Marinating beef is a great way to tenderize and flavor your steak before putting in on the grill. What flavor says Kentucky better than that of bourbon? Top off your tasty sirloin with a simple yet delicious mint chimichurri that takes your meal to the next level.  

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Espresso-Bourbon Steaks with Mashed Sweet Potatoes


For the fancier of feasts, this Southern inspired dinner is great for date night by the grill! A unique espresso-bourbon sauce pairs wonderfully with juicy, tenderloin. Serve with a side of green beans and mashed sweet potatoes to round out the dish. 

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May Beef Month Events 

May 2nd           Proclamation Signing at Kentucky State Capitol, 12-2pm

May 3rd            Hardin County Cattlemen’s Cook-out, Elizabethtown Kroger on Dolphin Drive 4-7pm

May 10th          Shelbyville Beef Day, Shelby County Farm Bureau Office 10-2pm

May 11th          Taste of Beef event, Blue Grass Stockyards Regional Marketplace Lexington 6:30-8pm

May 12th          Hinton Mills Mother’s Day Grill-Out, Hinton Mills in Flemingsburg 7-12:30pm

May 19th          Heaven Hill Cook-Out, Heaven Hill Distillery in Bardstown 11-3pm

May 25th          OZ Tyler Cook-out, OZ Tyler Distillery in Owensboro, 1-5pm


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