Tailgating with Beef

Beef. Friends. Football.

It doesn't get much better than watching your favorite football team and enjoying some great tasting food. Here are some recipes and tailgating tips to make your next tailgate a touchdown! 

The secret to juicy, flavorful burgers is to mix lightly when hand-forming patties. Over handling results in firm, compact texture. Press down into the center of the burger with your thumb to form a small well to ensure even cooking. Do not press or flatten while they are cooking - that will result in the loss of flavorful juices. When grilling, use long-handled tongs or a spatula to turn steaks and burgers. Do not pierce or press as this will cause flavorful juices to be lost. 

Grill steak over medium heat. Rule of thumb: count the number of seconds you can hold your hand over the grill before the heat forces you to pull your hand away. Approximately four seconds equals medium heat. 

After steak is on the grill, don't turn it over until at least five minutes of grilling have elapsed on one side. Turning too soon can prevent searing from taking place. The steak should be seared  on one side, then turned, seared on the other side and allowed to cook to the desired doneness. 

A meat thermometer is the best way to determine doneness. Remove steaks from the grill at least 5 degrees below desired doneness. Allow beef to rest for 5 minutes before serving - this will allow the juices to be absorbed into the meat. Insert the meat thermometer horizontally from the side so it penetrates the thickest part or the center of the steak. 

Save and Savory at 160 degrees! Cook ground meats such as burger patties to an internal temperature of 160! 

Score with a Safe Tailgate

Have a safe and fun tailgate.

Keep perishable foods like raw steaks or burger patties in an insulated cooler packed with ice. Securely wrap or place raw meat in a zip-lock bag so juices do not drip and cross-contaminate other foods. Make sure your tailgate gear includes wet wipes and paper towels to clean hands, surfaces, and utensils.