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Best Steak Marinade Recipe

You will find my best steak marinade follows the grilling tips below.  Great recipes to ensure juicy results. 

Did you know that marinating meat before grilling will lower cancer-causing HCA formation by 96%?  Make your own delicious marinades (with no chemicals/preservatives) to ensure great taste and good health when grilling. 

Best Steak Marinade Recipe

Best Steak Marinade

Grilling Tip #1 – First of all – liquid marinades seep in deeper than dry rubs to lend a rich flavor. Plus, the acidic ingredient of the marinade tenderizes the meat. When you purchase your meat and chicken in bulk, use the food-saver and add a steak marinade or chicken marinade recipe before sealing.

The food-saver pulls all the air out after it is sealed, so the marinade is sucked into the muscle which means a MORE TENDER meat. This eliminates marinating chicken or marinating steak just before grilling – bring the meat to room temperature and start grilling.

Grilling Tip #2 – The container you use for this steak marinade or chicken marinade recipe is critical. Use a glass, plastic, stainless steel or ceramic dish for marinades. Aluminum and some other metals react with acids and will affect the flavor.

Use a steak marinade recipe for tougher cuts of meat like tri-tip, flank steak, London broil, skirt steak, and beef ribs. They benefit tremendously when the steak marinades over night. These tougher cuts of steak are also economical to purchase and now you can save money without sacrificing flavor.

Deep frying chicken, grilling fish, smoking meat, and grilling turkey or grilling pork without brining the meat first is costing you the taste of what could of been a beautiful, succulent bird or moist dreamy chops.

One tip I use to brine poultry is to use a large cooler or a clean bucket and keep in the garage overnight in the winter – or use a large stock pot, or a large turkey roasting bag to brine in the summer.

Below, you will find some of my best steak marinade recipes that soon will become your favorite as well…..

I could literally drink this…  Marinate for one hour on the counter using the steps below.

BEST STEAK MARINADE (perfect for one 2 inch steak)

3 TBS Red Wine Vinegar
3 TBS Soy Sauce
3 TBS Worcestershire Sauce
3 drops Liquid Smoke

Mix the above ingredients together in a small bowl.  Poke holes in your steak with a fork on both sides.  Sprinkle both sides with garlic powder. 

Place steak down in the marinade on a plate and spoon marinade on top.  Let sit for 20 minutes, turn the steak over and repeat another 20 minutes.  Do it one last time for 20 minutes and then it is ready to grill.

Double the recipe if you are marinating more than one steak.  


This is the grilled steak marinade (use for kabobs) and grilled pork marinade to use. I created this 20 years ago; your family and friends will be begging you for my best steak marinade. This amount marinades two pounds of meat.

You may double the recipe when grilling more than two pounds of meat, but be sure to cut back on the soy sauce – still add the additional two to three tablespoons of fresh garlic though. DO NOT substitute honey for anything else. You must have honey for this to do it’s beautiful job.

1/4 cup of canola oil
1/3 cup homemade soy sauce
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
4 TBS honey – NO Substitutions
3 TBS homemade worcestershire sauce
3 TBS fresh garlic, minced
2 tsp Accent meat tenderizer, optional
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp ginger powder

Combine all ingredients in a large resealable bag or bowl and shake or stir until combined thoroughly.

Pierce the meat generously with a fork. This lets the marinade work its magic. Add the meat to the resealable bag and refrigerate for a full 24 hours. Drain the marinade from the meat and discard. Bring the meat back to room temperature and grill. (Awesome isn’t it?)


This is delicious when used for those tougher cuts of meat and is a wonderful marinade for grilling fish. Pour yourself a Mojito and bask in the limelight; your other half will be awed by your talent because this IS that good.

7 cloves of fresh garlic, chopped
1/2 cup sweet onion, chopped

Get out that food processor or blender and pulse the garlic and onion together until finely chopped. Add the following to the blender:

1 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed preferred
1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed preferred
1 tsp oregano flakes
1 tsp kosher salt (NOT table salt)
1 tsp homemade hot sauce
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1/2 tsp cumin, ground
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Blend until completely incorporated. Then add:

1 cup canola oil and blend until smooth.

Pour into a resealable bag and add that tough meat.

Refrigerate for 24 hours and you will have a masterpiece when you are done grilling.  I have more than just the best steak marinade; check out these recipes below.

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Montreal Steak Seasoning Recipe

Easy Chicken Marinades

This is great for marinating flank steak or for the cut of your choice.

1 quart Coca-Cola
1/2 cup canola oil
2 cups vinegar
6 cloves garlic
salt and pepper to taste

Combine all of the ingredients. Pour the marinade over the steaks that are in a 9×13 pan. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Excellent and a simple steak marinade recipe, especially for those who like to doctor up their recipes (I’m raising my hand).

I have used this on a cheap London broil. Within 4 hours, the steak was practically falling apart in the bag. After a quick broil, it was the best $3 steak I’d ever had! It definitely tops those $20+ restaurant steaks that the cooks never seem to season right.

1 TBS olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBS homemade worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup of beer
2 TBS balsamic vinegar
1 tsp homemade mustard
2 TBS homemade soy sauce
freshly ground black pepper
pinch of salt

Mix all of the ingredients together. Place steaks in a zip-loc bag and pour in the marinade. Refrigerate overnight.

Here’s another one of my best steak marinade recipes that doesn’t call for marinating overnight:

1 c. Scottish Ale, NOT BEER
2 tsp brown sugar
1/2 tsp homemade seasoned salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp Accent

Place your favorite cut of steak in a shallow pan and pour ale on steak and marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator. Remove steak from ale and mix dry ingredients together and rub steak on both sides. Let marinate with dry ingredients for 1/2 hour.

Preheat a skillet or grill to med high heat add butter and braise to perfection.

Will marinade 1-1/2 pounds of meat.

Another one of my best steak marinades. This recipe produces a marinade that is more than enough for two large steaks. Enjoy.

1-1/2 cups of A-1 steak sauce, (one 15oz bottle)
1 TBS homemade soy sauce
1/4 cup homemade Italian dressing
1/3 cup honey
1 tsp homemade garlic powder

Mix all ingredients in a blender. Pour over steaks and marinate for at least six hours.

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