Grassfed Sirloin Steak Recipes Virtually Eliminate Risk of E-coli Infection

Clean cows mean clean meat. As you enjoy steaks from grassfed sirloin steak recipes, you can know they come from some of the cleanest cattle around. Grassfed cattle are raised on open pastures. Grain-fed cattle are finished (fattened) in feedlots. Nearly 100% of the meat sold in US supermarkets and grocery stores comes from cattle that end their days standing in feedlots instead of open pastures.

Unfortunately, feedlots are generally small, confined areas that can quickly become mud holes and manure pits. No wonder cattle confined in feedlots often arrive at the slaughterhouse filthy with mud and manure.

How does a dirty cow affect you, your health, and your enjoyment of one of these sirloin steak recipes?

When fecal matter from the hide touches the carcass during slaughter, contamination may occur. Does anyone want to even think about sitting down to dinner--even from a sizzling sirloin steak recipe--with meat from a dirty cow? Of course not.

In contrast, grass fed cattle skip the feedlot. Since they are finished on pastures, they generally arrive at the processing plant cleaner than their feedlot cousins. Of course, every farm,including our own, has some mud and manure. Yet, the graphs and article below portray the dramatic difference.

Mad cow disease is a frightening disease, but you have a greater risk of becoming ill and dying from the more familiar E. coli bacteria. When you eat grass-fed meat, you have a much lower risk of becoming infected with the bacteria. Why is this? First of all, work conducted at Cornell University has determined that grass-fed animals have far fewer E. coli than grain-fed animals.

What's more, the small amount they do have is much less likely to survive the natural acidity of our digestive tract--our first line of defense against infectious diseases.

Why this marked difference in the survival of the bacteria? Feeding grain to cattle makes their digestive tracts abnormally acidic. Over time, the E. coli in their systems become acclimated to this acid environment. When we ingest them, a high percentage will survive the acid shock of our digestive juices. By contrast, few E. coli from grass-fed cattle will survive because they have not become acid-resistant. When cattle are fed their natural diet of grass, our natural defenses are still capable of protecting us. Nonetheless, you should still follow all safe-handling recommendations when you prepare meat from grass-fed animals. It takes only a few E. coli bacteria to make us ill. But you can be assured that your risk of becoming infected is much, much lower.

Russell, J. B., F. Diez-Gonzalez, and G. N. Jarvis. "Potential Effect of Cattle Diets on the Transmission of Pathogenic Escherichia Coli to Humans" Microbes Infect 2, no. 1 (2000): 45-53. (Chart data extracted from this document. Excerpted with permission from, Jo Robinson's website.) Now, take a deep breath, throw you head back and enjoy one of these grassfed sirloin steak recipes. They're safe, and you know why.

Skewered Sirloin Tips


2 pounds grassfed sirloin tip, cut into 1 1/4 inch cubes
1 can (10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef consomme
1/3 cup apple juice
2 Tablespoons soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 Tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Place meat in ungreased baking dish, 13 1/2x9x2 inches. Heat remaining ingredients except cornstarch to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 5 minutes. Cool. Pour consomme mixture over meat. cover tightly; refrigerate at least 3 hours, turning meat occasionally.

Thread 4 or 5 cubes of meat on each of 6 to 8 skewers.

In small saucepan, slowly stir consomme mixture into cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir 1 minute. Brush sauce on meat.

Set oven control at broil and/or 550° F. Broil meat 4 inches from heat 7 minutes. Turn skewers; brush meat with sauce and broil 7 minutes longer.

Place skewers on hot platter; spoon remaining sauce over meat.

Serves 6-8

Roast Sirloin Steak with Black Peppercorn Crust

Sirloin steak recipes like this are for pepper lovers.

2 Tablespoons black peppercorns
1 pound grass fed boneless lean sirloin steak, 1 1/2 inches thick, trimmed of fat
1 Tablespoon of vegetable oil
3 green onions, chopped fine
2 Tablespoons dry white wine
1 cup beef broth

Preheat the oven to 550 degrees F. Place the peppercorns in the bottom of a 7-inch skillet and crush them with a small heavy saucepan. Coat both sides of the sirloin steak with the crushed peppercorns.

Set a heavy 10-inch skillet with an ovenproof handle over moderately high heat for 1 minute. Add the olive oil and heat until almost smoking--about 1 minute more. Add the steak, cook for 30 seconds on one side, then turn.

Transfer the skillet to the upper third of the oven and roast, uncovered, about 4 minutes for rare, 5 to 6 minutes for medium rare, 6 to 7 minutes for medium. Transfer the steak to a heated platter and slice thin.

Add the green onions to the skillet and cook, stirring, over moderate heat for 30 seconds. Add the white wine and cook, uncovered, for 1 minute. Add the beef broth and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, scraping up any browned bits, until 1/2 cup of liquid remains.

Serve the sirloin steak with the sauce. Sirloin steak recipes go well with twice-baked potatoes.

Serves 4

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