Enter South Dakota Beef Cook-Off by August 9

Farm Forum

PIERRE If you have a recipe that demonstrates just how easy it is to cook with beef, using any fresh beef cut and fresh ingredients with prepackaged food products, it’s time to enter the 2013 South Dakota State Fair Beef Cook-Off.

This year’s Cook-Off theme is Semi-Homemade Beef Recipes, and it’s a perfect fit for the busy home cook who loves to serve delicious and nutritious beef. “Everyone is pressed for time today,” explains event chairperson Shirley Thompson. “We want to inspire home cooks to share their best beef recipe paired with time-saving products.” The SD State Fair Beef Cook-Off is an annual event that invites amateur cooks from across the state to show their beef-cooking skills and creativity in a fun competition during the State Fair. “This year’s theme is a bit of a departure from past contests,” explains Thompson, “but we really want to target that group of home cooks that can create a great beef dish with little fuss and in a short amount of time.”

Recipes should include a maximum of 12 ingredients including beef, fruits or vegetables, grain and dairy products, and be prepared and cooked in 30 minutes or less. They may include pre-packaged food products such as any frozen vegetable or vegetable combination product, fresh produce convenience product, fresh deli product, any shelf stable dinner mix, salad dressing, marinade or salad dressing mix, prepared soup or soup mix, prepared sauce or sauce mix, packaged rice mix, baking mix product, or seasoning blend product.

Entries and recipes for the State Fair Beef Cook-Off are due August 9. The contest itself takes place August 31 on the state fair grounds in Huron during the South Dakota State Fair, where individuals selected to compete will prepare their beef recipe at the Women’s Building, allowing participants to interact with state fair attendees.

The contest is open to non-professional South Dakota residents in either of three divisions: beginner (10-13 years), youth (14-17 years) or adult (18 and older). First place winners in each division will take home a $500 cash prize. Runner-ups will receive $250 in cash.

Hosted by the South Dakota Cattle Women and funded by the South Dakota Beef Industry Council through the Beef Checkoff, the State Fair Beef Cook-Off is an excellent way, says Thompson, to educate consumers about beef’s versatility, convenience and nutritional value.

For more information and to submit a recipe online, go to, or you can find a link at Any additional questions about the contest can be directed to Thompson at 605-360-6546.