I was hanging out at the Texas Beef Council Friday trying to learn all their secrets.
My last visit with them taught me to use a meat thermometer every time I cook beef so I could learn what temperature I prefer. Once you know your temperature, you can consistently cook it perfectly.
I used my meat thermometer faithfully, but wasn’t getting optimal results.
I was still over-cooking on a regular basis.
While grilling with one of the TBC GrillMASTERS, I grilled him about how he is able to always get great results trying to find the error of my beef-cooking ways.
Turns out I was taking the beef’s temperature incorrectly.
This is the proper way to take a hamburger’s temperature:
Tips for cooking beef:
- While cooking, turn the beef as little as possible – once is optimal – which helps contain the natural juices…step away from the tongs.
- Turn the meat over when you see condensation appearing on the uncooked side.
- Use a meat thermometer to determine if the beef it done.
- When taking the beef’s temperature, lift the meat from the heat source and insert the thermometer from the side so it goes in at least 1/4 th inch (beyond the heat sensor line on the thermometer).
Go forth and grill with confidence…
I was a guest at Appetite for Inspiration hosted by the Texas Beef Council in Austin which included beef-related gifts. It is a program that I have been excited to work with over the last 6 months and hope to continue because they are just great beef people. All opinions expressed are my own.