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Let’s Get Grillin’ South Dakota

June is Steak Month and the perfect time to fire up the grill! Are you wanting to learn how to properly grill that delicious piece of BEEF? If so, you’re just in luck, follow along for some grilling basics from Beef Its Whats for Dinner. Grilling is a popular method for preparing steak, but it’s also the one that tends to worry a lot of beginner cooks. But when you follow these steps (and allow yourself a little practice), you’ll find grilling is easy and, most importantly, very satisfying. Follow along for some great tips on grilling that perfect steak for your family and friends this summer! We promise, nobody will know you’re a beginner!

Step #1 – Prep Pays Off

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. Plan on pulling the meat from the fridge, seasoning well, and getting started right away.

Step #2 – Fire It Up

Make sure your grill grate is clean. 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.

Step #3 – Grill Baby Grill

Use an 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.

Step #4 – Rest and Relax

Here’s another step novice cook 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.

Step #5 – Finishing Touches

If you're slicing the steak before serving, be sure to cut across the grain to maximize tenderness.

Grilling Beef shouldn’t be intimidating, but we understand there is a lot to learn about the perfection of cooking Beef. If you follow these steps, you’re sure to be the next master griller.

For more information on Grilling check out this grilling guidelines for more cooking time information or check out for some great BEEF Grilling recipes!

The South Dakota Beef Industry Council works on behalf of South Dakota Beef producers through the $1 Beef Checkoff program.

For more information on Beef Checkoff and statewide efforts visit and or contact Suzy Geppert at

Grilling Recipes

Recipe #1 Garden Herb Strip Steaks (

Recipe #2 Classic Beef Kabobs (

Recipe #3 Carolina Barbecue Burgers (

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