Beef and Barley Soup

Wisconsin Farmer Favorite Recipes

These beef dishes originated on the farm – but even urban cowboys will appreciate these down-home, top-notch, feel-good meals. Crafted by our very own Wisconsin beef farmers, these meals are flavorful, nutritious and proven to satisfy the heartiest of appetites.

Gleason Family Easy Root Beer Ribs

"Let's talk about a recipe I love to encourage everyone to try at least once. This recipe can be modified for the slow cooker, grill or electric pressure cooker. You can use Beef Back Ribs or Beef Short Ribs in the recipe."  Katrina Gleason, Gleason Cattle Company

HIlby family pasta bake

"One of my favorite things to dish up is this pasta bake--it uses two of my favorite things: beef and dairy!" Rebecca Hilby, Hilby Family Farm, Hazel Green, WI

Farm-Ous Beef Lasagna

Reichers family favorite spicy lasagna

"Kids and cattle have a lot in common. One of the similarities they share is both are happier when you feed them what they want, not what you want to serve them."  - Mark Riechers, Riechers Beef Farm, Darlington, WI

Holterman's hamburger bake 

"I make this ultimate-comfort food recipe often.  I usually make this as the first meal  when hosting International interns, and many of them ask to have it at their send-off celebration meal.  So I know they like it!" - Daphne Holterman, Rosy-Lane Holsteins, Watertown, WI 

Boot kickin' beef pot pie

"Caring for our 250 cow herd is no easy task. We depend on balanced meals to help us stay energized. This Book Kickin' Beef Pot Pie is protein-packed and helps us stay fueled throughout the day. It's easy to put together and is sure to become a family favorite. From our house to your table, kick-off your boots and enjoy!" - Cassandra Garcia, Henning Farms, Janesville, WI 

Beef and Barley Soup

Angie's favorite beef barley soup

"This Beef Barley Soup is even better if you make it a day or two in advance and refrigerate.  We are weekend warriors and farm on the weekends with my parents about 35 miles from where we live. So, I make this recipe on a free weeknight, then we enjoy on a night when we have one of our kids' sporting events, a 4-H meeting, Faith Formation class, or whatever life has instore that week."  - Angie Horkan, Onion Hollow Angus, Lone Rock, WI (and WBC Director of Marketing)


Crooks Family meatloaf

"This basic meatloaf recipe is special to us. It was handed down from my mom, handed down to her from my grandmother. This recipe was such a family tradition that when I graduated college and asked for some recipes to use on my own, my mom had to write it down from memory as she didn’t have a written copy. I grew up eating this meatloaf and now it is the same recipe my wife and I make for our family.  I plan to pass the recipe down to my kids to be enjoyed by the next generation as well!” - Arin Crooks, Lancaster, WI

Mini Merry Meatballs

Mitchell family favorite cranberry meatballs

"Everyone agrees that Cranberry Meatballs are hands-down their favorite.  This is a comforting dish to enjoy, whether we had a long day of working cattle or simply to enjoy as a Sunday dinner.  With it's simple ingredient list, it can be whipped up in a jiffy and is sure to please your family too.  - Amy Mitchell, Spring Creeks Cattle Company, Wauzeka, WI