Big Beef Tomato
Be the first on your block with a giant tomato by growing this early beefsteak hybrid. A 1994 All America Selections winner, it boasts great disease resistance.

Big Beef Tomato

  • Light: Full sun
  • Fruit size: 12 to 16 oz.
  • Matures: 73 days after planting
  • Spacing: 36 inches apart
  • Plant type: Indeterminate

For years gardeners wanted a large, beefsteak-type tomato that was delicious, early to bear, and highly disease resistant. Finally in 1994 those wishes came true with Big Beef. The large fruit has old-time tomato flavor and the vines are resistant to many of the problems that can discourage gardeners. The fruit is borne on vigorous, indeterminate vines from summer until frost. Compared to other beefsteak types, Big Beef is early and will set fruit reliably even in cool, wet weather. We harvest dozens of tomatoes from each plant in our Alabama test garden, where the harvest season lasts two full months and the growing conditions are very good. It grows well throughout the country, earning it an All America Selections designation in 1994; it has since grown to be a national favorite. Vines grow long, so give the plant the support of a tall cage or stake.

Resistant to verticillium wilt (V), fusarium wilt (F) races 1 and 2, nematodes (N), and alternaria stem canker (ASC), gray leaf spot (St), and tobacco mosaic virus (TMV).

For gardeners who enjoy plant history and interesting facts, Colen Wyatt, the breeder of this variety, was one of the most successful home garden vegetable plant breeders in the last half of the 20th century. He also bred Celebrity and Husky Gold tomatoes, which are both also AAS Winners.

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Big Beef Tomato is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Perfect Tomato A friend had purchased too many tomato plants and gave me four Big Beef plants that had been hit by a late frost. After they recovered from the frost they grew big and tall and produced a large amount of totally unblemished tomatoes. I also had my Pink Brandywines, Parks Whopper and Celebrity planted and they all had massive blossom end rot and were splitting but the Big Beef just kept kicking out the most perfectly unblemished tomatoes! Large producer too.
Date published: 2017-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Big, Spotless, Delicious... PERFECT. Just came in from picking tomatoes in the garden. There were several varieties, Early Girl, Celebrity, BeefSteak, cherry and grape tomatoes. By far, the most impressive was the "Big Beef" Tomatoes. Large fruit. Not a mark or blemish on them. Bright red all over, without any green shoulders. This tomato just screams BLT. Good flavor. Will definitely look to plant these again next year, and not bother with some of the others.
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from monster plant! planted in early May, followed by three days of hail and snow. she not only survived, but is thriving now in the end of June. many fruits and flowers. looks like it's gonna be a winner. My question is, having a ton of fruit in my future, are these good to get green or pickle green? any input is appreciated!
Date published: 2017-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Tomato Ever These produce large quantities of large beefsteak tomatoes in zone 8A. Plants are resistant of just about all tomato problems.
Date published: 2017-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great tomato plant: I grow these from seed, usually plant about 100 plants in my garden, and give away twice that many plants to friends and realatives. Once they try them they are hooked on big beef. I've been growing tomato plants for 20 years,
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Tomato: Huge yields on a robust plant. Large fruits. This is a variety to show off and first time growers. Flavor was good for a hybrid.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Big Beef Tomato: I have grown the Big Beef tomato in my garden for the past 6 years. The first 3 years I also planted other types of tomato as a back-up. The past 3 years I eliminated the back-up. This one has it all.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from See info in Pros: See info under Pros - Do give this one a start next year. You'll be pleasantly surprised.
Date published: 2016-03-12
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