Discover Our Story
Nebraska Star® Beef and Lucky® Beef Jerky are Nebraska based, family owned and operated companies dedicated to providing the highest quality, premium angus beef. Our generations of experience and one of a kind all natural process covers every humane aspect of breeding, raising, feeding and shipping that results in an ultimate difference in taste, tenderness and overall quality of beef we produce.
We believe in providing healthy products that are made from antibiotic and hormone free beef for families. We believe in modern technology and conveniences such as online ordering with steaks arriving at your door.
Frequently Asked Questions
What makes Nebraska Star® Beef different than other online vendors?
We actually raise, harvest, age and process our own beef. When you buy beef from us, you are REALLY buying beef from us.
How does Nebraska Star® Beef differ from USDA Choice beef at the fresh counter?
NSB is more consistent. We have been eating beef we raised for over a century. We learned a long time ago that to create the best, most consistent beef the secret is “only freeze it once” Our process of aging, cutting, then flash freezing every steak, means that every steak is EXACTLY the same, EVERY time.
The fresh counter… it’s good beef, but when it hits the counter, there is generally very little age on the steak cuts. The steaks age as they are on the counter… this means that the taste/texture and flavor change a little bit every day.
How do you decide what is Nebraska Star® Beef?
We work with ranchers across the northern plains – Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Nebraska to source the best Angus/Angus cross cattle we can find. We finish them to market weight with a combination of steam flaked corn, which increases the digestibility of the corn and helps the cattle use the energy in the corn more efficiently. This is also the foundation of our trademark flavor.
How do you KNOW that your beef is yours? Don’t they all get run into pens and mixed up at the packing plant?
We don’t use just any packing plant. We work with a small, local, family owned butcher shop to harvest and package our beef. We drive the cattle there ourselves. Once harvested, we hang the halves to age the beef – the old fashioned way. When the beef has aged properly, their expert butchers cut it into our steaks, package it in heavy cryovac packaging and flash freeze.
Does any of the beef not “make the cut” to become Nebraska Star® Beef?
Occasionally, yes. If we have an animal that requires antibiotics, and they do from time to time, we will treat that animal to get it back to good health as quickly as we can and that animal is sold to one of our customers who deals in commodity beef.
Isn’t frozen beef less desirable than fresh beef from the store/butcher?
Frozen beef has gotten a bad reputation as a lot of companies only freeze beef when they have to keep it from spoiling. We have built our frozen beef program from the ground up, our beef is intended to be frozen. Freezing also allows us to produce a more consistent product by giving us the ability to age EVERY steak EXACTLY the same EVERY time, then cut and flash freeze until the customer thaws it for cooking. Our frozen beef won’t leave a bad taste in your mouth, we guarantee it.
Who is Nebraska Star® Beef?
Nebraska Star® Beef is owned and operated by the Klute family from Kearney Nebraska. The employees of Nebraska Star® Beef are all members of the Klute family, with the exception of 2. We have been raising corn and cattle in Nebraska for 4 generations – we are family farmers.
DALE & SHAWNA KLUTE
Dale is “the boss” and Shawna is his wife. They help keep us on the straight and narrow and our focus on product quality and building a functional business. Dale has been in the cattle business all of his life and has kept a narrow focus on producing the best beef in the world – Dale is the reason the quality is so good. Besides working hard, Dale and Shawna spend a lot of time with the grandkids and at sporting events. GBR!!
“UNCLE DAN” KLUTE
Dale’s little brother, Dan’s primary focus is sales, but he also owns a restaurant in Hampton Nebraska called, “Conlee’s”. They serve our beef, in addition to a lot of other fare. Dan has been in Sales most of his adult life, but his first calling was radio. We’d never say that Uncle Dan has a face for radio, but he does have a pretty good radio voice and an encyclopedic knowledge of music.
Jordan’s primary function is comic relief but he also helps with book keeping, order shipping, assembling products – like seasoning kits – and pretty much anything else that needs to be done, to include light plumbing & janitorial work. Jordan is also active in developing sales accounts with Collegiate and Professional athletic organizations.
JOE KLUTE & FAMILY
Joe is Dale’s son and one of the owners of Nebraska Star Beef. He is primarily active on the beef production side of the business now, but he and Steve worked on the very humble beginnings of Nebraska Star Beef at the kitchen table in the conference room starting back in 2010. Joe and Steve still team up on a couple catering events every year, like a modern day Bo and Luke Duke, except with Ribeyes, not moonshine.
The first non-family employee … but she might as well be family. Jaysie has been involved with Nebraska Star Beef since the earliest days of Steve & Joe at the kitchen table. We were very lucky to get her hired away from her first post-college job a couple years later and now she is the keeper of websites, catalog and most all marketing efforts. She works with us full time now, but resides in Colorado. We’re still trying to figure out why she’d ever want to live in Colorado, but everything looks really sharp, so we just don’t ask questions.
Dale and Shawna’s youngest son. If you are one of the thousands of folks who has ordered on our website or via amazon.com, Chandler is the guy that packed your order and got it shipped. When he’s not shipping orders, he’s helping to run the growing number of restaurants that he, Dale & Shawna own – “Angus Burgers & Shakes” “SOZO American Cuisine” and “Tavolo Italian Restaurant & Tasting Room”.
NATHAN HAWK & FAMILY
One of Steve’s buddies who was looking for a job and ended up here … Today, Nate is point-man on our fastest growing segment of the business which is steak sales on amazon.com. Nate spent a career in bricks & mortar retail, but he’s done a killer job of transitioning that knowledge and expertise into selling steak on Amazon.com. Onward & upward!!
Dale and Shawna’s daughter, Kayla is the queen of Quickbooks and makes sure that the books stay clean and tidy. Kayla also handles the organizational side of production and makes sure that schedules stay updated and we’re making the most of what is selling the most. Kayla also helps with sales and customer service, if you call in with a question, issue, or just to learn more … there is a very good chance you’ll be talking with her.
Dale & Shawna’s nephew and Joe’s cousin, Steve came to work for Nebraska Star Beef on Jan. 1, 2010 from an unlikely background. At that point in time, when it came to cattle, Steve only knew which end the food went in and where end it came out … Today, Steve works in sales, marketing and is the product development dude. And delivery guy & cook. Steve is a pain in everyone’s ass but he gets a lot done most of the time and can do spectacular stuff with our F250 Transit delivery truck. Shake & Bake!!