Fire Up the Grills, May is Beef Month!

Fire Up the Grill; Enjoy May Beef Month!

May 8, 2017
Brooke German, Director of Marketing, Iowa Beef Industry Council, 515-296-2305

May is Iowa Beef Month!

Fire up the grills and celebrate May Beef Month!

AMES, IA - Fire up those grills, because May is Beef Month in Iowa! Celebrate by enjoying an All-American juicy hamburger or a thick, delicious, mouth-watering steak on the grill during the summer grilling season. Enjoy the thrill of the grill with these simple grilling tips.

Choose your cut

Some of the best cuts for grilling include the strip steak, flank steak, or ribeye steak. The All-American juicy hamburger is also a great option when it comes to grilling. Prior to cooking, season your burger patty or steak with herbs and seasonings, as desired.

Prepare your beef

Trim visible fat before grilling to help prevent flare-ups. For best results, grill over medium heat. If the food is grilled over too high heat, the exterior can become overcooked or charred before the interior reaches the desired doneness.

For charcoal grilling, when coals are medium, ash-covered (approximately 30 minutes), spread charcoal out in a single layer and check cooking temperature. To check the temperature, cautiously hold the palm of your hand above the coals at cooking height. Count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that position before the heat forces you to pull it away; approximately 4 seconds for medium heat. For gas grilling, gas grill brands vary greatly and grilling times may need to be adjusted.

Cook your beef

To determine proper degree of doneness for ground beef, insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally from the side into the center of the patty to ensure an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

For steaks (1/2 inch or thicker), insert an instant-read thermometer horizontally from the side, so that it penetrates the thickest part or the center of the steak, not touching bone or fat. After cooking, let steaks rest before serving to achieve desired degree of doneness, which may range from Medium Rare (145°F), Medium (160°F), and/or Well Done (170°F).

Widely popular, easy to fix, wholesome and satisfying, burgers and steaks have earned a place in the hearts of Americans. A recent survey found that when it comes to the grill, Americans choose beef. Nearly three out of every four American grillers say the one meat they grill most often is beef (69%), versus chicken (25%) or pork (6%).  Beef delivers 10 essential nutrients, all in one tasty package. These nutrients, including zinc, iron, protein and B vitamins, are important to good health. The Iowa Beef Industry Council, representing beef producers across the state, believes a burger or steak at home or at your favorite restaurant is a highly appropriate way to celebrate May Beef Month.

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About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit

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