How do I cook grass fed beef?

Grass fed beef is different from mass produced feedlot raised beef, and therefore needs to be cooked differently. 

1)  Turn down the temperature.  Grass fed, grass finished beef is leaner, more dense, and less watery the less watery than factory beef.  This means it will brown at lower temperatures.  The leaner meat should be cooked at a lower temperature to allow the natural fat and juices to remain in the meat.

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2)  Do not overcook it.  Grass fed, grass finished beef require less cooking.  Overcooking will cause the naturally dense meat to lose its water content and toughen.

3)  Know what cut of meat you are cooking.  The different cuts need to be treated differently when cooking to get the mouth watering results you want.  See the previous page for help identifying your cut.

Sample Recipes

Grilled Grass Fed Burgers

Remember that grass fed beef is not stocked full of bad fats and is more dense, therefore it cooks differently.  To grill burgers first sear at medium high heat for about 4 minutes a side. Second, remove from direct heat (turn off a section of your grill), close your grill and allow burgers to cook with indirect heat for about 10 minutes more or until cooked to your liking.

Simple Roast

Preheat oven to 170°F.  Rub meat with some salt and pepper, or your choice of seasoning.  Put your roast in a roasting pan and place in the oven.  Cook for 30-40 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 120°-140°F.  No need to rest meat, simply carve and serve.

Grilled grass fed steaks

Rub steaks with some salt and pepper.  Sear steaks for 2 minutes per side over medium high direct heat.  Move steaks direct heat to indirect heat, close grill and allow to cook for 5-7 minutes per pound or until they reach 120°-135°F internal temperature.

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