This year, the 29th National Beef Cook Off®, funded in part by the beef checkoff, is kicking off a recipe contest for everyday home cooks and entertaining enthusiasts nationwide. From now through April 30, 2011, consumers can submit their best beef recipes online at for a chance to win $25,000 cash and a trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington D.C. 

“Rather than hosting a cooking competition, this year, we are conducting a national search to find the best beef recipes home cooks have to offer,” says Sherry Hill, Cook-Off Program Manager. “We’re excited to offer four unique contest categories that demonstrate beef’s versatility and encourage creativity with a variety of ingredients, cuts and preparation methods.”

Four NEW Categories Feed Creativity

Great taste, ease of preparation, originality and use of broadly appealing ingredients are a winning combination for recipe entries.  And best of all, home cooks can increase their chances of winning by submitting multiple recipes in all four of the following contest categories:

  • The 5:30 PM Dinner Crunch – This category will focus on easy-to-prepare beef recipes for busy weeknight meals using ingredients commonly on hand at home. 
  • Retro Recipes Revived – For this category, home cooks can improve and modify an American classic or old-time family favorite recipe to be more convenient, healthier, or both for today’s busy families.
  • Fuel Up with Beef – Recipes in this category will feature convenient and healthy beef recipes using one of the 29 Lean Beef Cuts for people with busy lives. 
  • Stir Crazy Solutions – Home cooks won’t go stir-crazy when they have a chance to create a unique stir-fry recipe using one of the 29 Lean Beef Cuts along with fresh vegetables and grain ingredients. 

Cook-Worthy Winnings

Four category winners (one per category) will receive $3,000 in cash on or about July 15, 2011. One grand prize winner will receive $25,000 plus an all-expense paid trip to the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show in Washington D.C. on Nov. 5, 2011 where they will be announced as the grand prize winner.  Their winning recipe will also be demonstrated on the show floor for attendees to enjoy. 

To view the complete contest rules and explore winning recipes from past contests, visit

For more information about programs funded with your beef checkoff investment, visit