April has come to a close, and it’s the greatest time of the year! Well, it might not be the absolute greatest, but it’s still pretty great. May is National Beef Month, and it’s the perfect time for it. With the days growing longer and summer approaching, there are all sorts of ways to celebrate our favourite meat.
Of course, summer and beef mean one thing: it’s time to barbecue. But there are also so many other ways that you can make this month special. So, grab your grill fork and your table fork and get ready to celebrate this May.
Buy Local Beef.
Recent years have seen a rise in encouragement to buy local, but many people don’t think about doing this with meat. There are a huge number of benefits to buying local, farmer-raised beef. For one, you support local businesses in your community. For another, farms are frequently in danger of losing out to the bigger competition. It’s always a great idea to support local farms when you can, and that includes the meat that you eat. However, there are more practical reasons to buy locally too. Farmers often give you more variety of cuts of meat and a better price point for the best ones.
Learn About a New Marinade or Rub.
If you love to cook or grill, there’s no better time to challenge yourself to expand your knowledge. You can find entire books and websites devoted to all the rubs and marinades you can use for your next steak. Of course, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can always try something new. Maybe even you would never usually put on your menu. Try a porterhouse with some lemon-and-thyme butter, a grapefruit and habanero flank steak, or adobo sauce and orange juice. There’s a whole world of flavour combinations that are waiting.
If you’re feeling especially adventurous, take some time to learn about the ways that people cook steaks all around the world. Try wrapping a steak in lettuce before popping it on the grill, a Korean specialty. Or cook it with papaya skins, which contain an enzyme that breaks down meat fibres for an extra tender steak.
May isn’t just National Beef Month, it’s also National Barbecue Month. With school graduations and Mothers’ Day, there are many reasons to have your friends over for a great meal. With the weather warming, you’ll have the sunshine and the long days to enjoy too. And of course, it’s the perfect way to combine all the items on this list.
If you’re looking for the perfect way to celebrate beef in May, just follow these tips. Buy local beef, get experimental with your cooking, and invite all your friends to enjoy it with you.
Of course, if grilling isn’t your style, you can also stop in to the Rib’N Reef for the most delicious steaks you can find in Montreal. After all, as a steakhouse, May is our favourite month!