Tailgate Times

Beef Safety Tips

These simple guidelines will help assure the beef you enjoy at your tailgate is safe:

  • Purchase beef from a trustworthy grocery store.
  • Keep your beef stored in a cooler (under 40 degrees F) until you cook it.
  • Clean cooking and preparation surfaces thoroughly to avoid cross-contamination between raw and cooked foods.
  • Once cooked, do not allow your beef to sit outside or at room temperature for more than two hours.
  • Cook beef until its internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees F.
  • Refrigerate leftovers and consume within three days of original cooking date.
  • Reheat leftover beef by heating to 165 degrees F as quickly as possible.

Courtesy of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System