There is no doubt that we like our cows here in South Dakota, preferably on a plate, and in just about any form. May is Beef Month.

As you may know, the South Dakota Beef Council holds our cattle producers in high esteem just like the rest of us.

When it comes to beef production South Dakota has the 5th highest number of beef cows in the country.

Steak lovers of all calibers will stand in front of the butcher counter and salivate while waiting for the best cut to appear from a New York Strip to Ribeye, and Flat Iron to Sirloin. It has to have just the right amount of marbling and thickness to pass the 'Just Right' cut.

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Nothing compares to a small-town steakhouse, and South Dakota has one within a 45-minute drive in any direction no matter where you live in the state.

I just don't understand why Beef Month should be limited to one month. Really? Celebrate one of our state's best features all year long.

Take a 4# Chuck and cram it in a roaster with potatoes, carrots, onions, and a few shakes of S/P. We call this a pot roast. And if grandma taught you anything while spending time in the kitchen it was to make Grandma Gravy. (see recipe below)

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Sioux Falls has its Burger Battle in January. In July we fire up the grill with fireworks. Labor Day is a three-day marathon of grilling burgers, steaks, and kabobs.

Just take a look at what the South Dakota Beef Industry Council offers.


Okay, are you ready for Grandma's Gravy recipe? This is what you need to do after you put the roast in the oven. You will need equal parts softened butter and flour. Combine both in a small bowl and mix with a fork until you have a thick paste. Divide into pieces and place in the freezer.

Then, after you have removed everything from the roaster when your pot roast is done to your liking, reserve all the liquid providing you added some beef stock in the beginning.

Set the roaster on the stovetop over a medium-high temp. When the liquid begins to steam, whisk in several frozen butter/flour mixture pieces. Constant whisking is required. Depending on how thick you like your gravy will determine how much of the mixture to use. Viola!

From Frybread to Pheasants - Here are South Dakota's Official State Things

Every state in our nation has chosen things that represent the state in one way or another to be official state things. Like a flower, or animal. South Dakota is no different.

The Mount Rushmore has a state flower. But did you know we also have a state tree and a state fish? Yes, we even have a state code.

Here is what we have so far in Wyoming. Thanks to the South Dakota Secretary of State's Office for the info:

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