Food & Dining

Coweta Cattlemen steak cook-off set for fair

by Bradley Hartsell


The judges’ table of 2012’s Cattlemen’s Steak Cook-Off at the Coweta County Fair. 

The Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association will be hosting the Cattlemen’s Steak Cook-Off at the Coweta County Fair on Saturday, Sept. 28.

Summer is when the Cattlemen’s Association thrives, sharing their passion for cattle production and, namely, the beef they produce. In July, Cattlemen members participated in the All American Beef Battalion in Fort Benning, which serves a free steak meal to soldiers and their dependents. 

The Coweta Cattlemen group joined other volunteers from Georgia, as well as Alabama, to cook nearly 3,000 ribeyes to feed the 75th Ranger Regiment and their families.

“[The Beef Battalion] is a very humbling experience,” says Coweta Cattlemen’s President Robert Allen. “The young [men] are very appreciate and really enjoy it. They’re just really professional soldiers.”

The Steak Cook-Off in September will allow grilling enthusiasts to compete for the right to say they cook the best steak in Coweta County. The $250 winning prize isn’t bad, either.

The Cattlemen’s Association will provide the steaks but contestants are to bring their own grills. The contest is open to anyone over the age of 10, so long as they are not professional chefs, work in food service or distribution, or work for a national or state beef industry organization.

All entries must be original recipes.

The grilling will begin at 6 p.m. and food must be off the grill by 6:30. The judging takes place at 7. Sixty points are allotted for taste, 10 for ease of preparation, and 30 for presentation.

The Coweta County Cattlemen’s Association has sought to promote cattle production throughout Western Georgia since 1949.

The Coweta Chapter is made up of about 125 volunteers who are passionate about the preservation of livestock and agriculture. Its offices are located at 255 Pine Road in Newnan. They recently launched a new website at They can be contacted at 770-254-2620.

Pre-registration for the Cattlemen’s Steak Cook-Off must be completed by Friday, Sept. 13. The Cook-Off will be held at the pavilion behind the fairgrounds exhibit hall. For more information, go to or call Marcia Callaway at 770-583-5688.



To help prepare for the Cattlemen’s Steak Cook-Off, here’s a flavorful steak marinade recipe to make your summer cookouts pop.

Just remember, all those interested in entering the Cattlemen Steak Cook-Off must use original recipes. But you can still impress your friends with it.

Steak Marinade


• 1/3 cup soy sauce

• 1/2 cup olive oil

• 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

• 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

• 1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder

• 3 tablespoons dried basil

• 1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes

• 1 teaspoon ground white pepper

• 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)

• 1 teaspoon dried minced garlic (optional)

Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, and pepper in a blender. Add hot pepper sauce and garlic, if desired. Blend on high speed for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.

Pour marinade over desired type of meat. Cover, and refrigerate for up to 8 hours. Cook meat as desired.

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