We love to grill, even though it gets insanely hot here (we’ve already hit triple digits this year). From fajitas to burgers and hot dogs, there is really something so summery about firing up the grill! Of course, even with grilling it can be easy to get stuck in a rut with what you make, so I jumped at the invitation to join in on the Walmart grilling webcast yesterday – I heard we were going to learn all about Walmart’s USDA choice steaks, tips for grilling them, and pick up a couple of recipes to try out this summer. Add to that the fact that I’ve totally craved beef this summer, and the webcast was something I definitely didn’t want to miss!
(PS – You’re totally going to want to check out the recipes I’ll be sharing at the bottom, which were provided during the webcast!)
Scott Neal (VP of meat and seafood for Walmart) and Eric Lackey (winner of the Walmart Kingsford Choice Steak Challenge in Tampa) hosted the webcast, and Eric shared his award-winning steak recipe with everyone.
First of all, they shared a little about steaks in general. I’m pretty ignorant since I always go for a sirloin or filet mignon, so this was really helpful to me, and I thought you might enjoy this steak guide Walmart has put together as you pick out cuts for Memorial Day and any other grilling you do this summer:
|T-Bone||Two steaks in one – T-Bone is good for those who want the best
of both worlds in their steak. This cut brings together two excellent cuts,
the New York Strip and the Tenderloin (filet mignon). T-Bones are best
grilled and can take on big, bold flavors.
|NY Strip||The steak-lover’s steak – this is preferred by those who know steak because of its
great flavor and tenderness; it can be cooked however you like it.
|Filet||Cut from the tenderloin, the filet is the most tender cut of steak.|
|Rib Eye||Most popular – This is everyone’s favorite because it is loaded with exceptional
flavor in every bite. This cut is best grilled and remains tender through medium
|Top Sirloin||Favorite for cookouts – This is the perfect choice for cookouts and big gatherings
because its of its unique flavor and tenderness. It can be grilled, broiled, sauteed
Scott and Eric shared some tips with us for grilling the perfect steak:
- Steak should be at room temperature to ensure optimum grilling.
- Just before grilling, pat steak dry, brush on a light coating of vegetable or olive oil, and season as desired.
- Add salt no more than 2 minutes before grilling to avoid drying out the meat.
- For a perfectly seared steak, place meat on a medium-hot to hot grill (450-500 degrees F).
- For best grilling results, cook with a thermometer:
- Rare: 125-130 degrees F
- Medium Rare: 130-135 degrees F
- Medium: 135-145 degrees F
- Well Done: 155-170 degrees F
- Wrap the steak in foil and rest for 3-5 minutes before serving to allow for juices to distribute evenly.
We also learned about why people should choose steak at Walmart – high quality (only 1 in 5 steaks qualify for Walmart’s USDA Choice Premium Beef label), excellent taste with perfect marbling, and expertly aged cuts to provide flavor and tenderness. They also offer a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee because they’re that confident that customers will love their Choice steaks. When you’re shopping, just look for the steaks on black trays to know those are the Choice steaks, by the way!
On to the recipes now… just in time for you to have something new to whip up for friends on Monday! On a side note, we’ll be trying these recipes ourselves on Memorial Day, so check my Facebook page for photos of our finished products. And you can get even more recipes at http://walmart.com/steak.
Walmart put together a shopping list to make it even easier, so here’s a list of everything you’ll need:
Note: I received a Walmart gift card to facilitate my review of Walmart’s Choice Steaks as a part of participating in this promotion, which I’ll be using to buy ingredients and try out these recipes on Memorial Day! All opinions in this post are honest and are my own.