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Marinade for Steak

Keep this marinade for steak recipe close at hand. It imparts the right amount of flavor without being overpowering. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: camping, easy, grill, grilling, marinade, medium rare steak, overnight marinade, quick, steak
Calories: 339kcal

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    Ingredients for Marinade for Steak

    • 2 tablespoons quality olive oil
    • 2 to 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    • 2 tablespoons Balsamic vinegar
    • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
    • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
    • freshly cracked black pepper


    Preparing the Marinade

      * the marinating is accomplished easiest in a Ziploc bag that will fit your cut(s) of beef, overnight in the refrigerator

      • Briskly whisk or process all ingredients together and place steaks into a Ziploc bag with marinade.
        whisk with sauce
      • Seal the bag, making every effort to lesson the amount of air inside the bag.
      • Marinate preferably overnight, or at least 8 hours.
      • Two hours prior to grilling, remove steak(s) from marinade and lay flat on a baking sheet lined with foil. Allow meat to come to room temperature on the counter.

      * There are arguments as to whether blotting your beef lightly with paper toweling prior to throwing atop a hot grill grate lessens the flavor. I personally do not believe it does IF the meat has been marinating for at least 15 hours. This also depends on the thickness of the cut. I like a bark or crust on my steak as seen in the video. I tend to blot lightly (do not remove all of the marinade) and throw atop HOT grill grates once my beef is sufficiently at room temperature. I can cook it lower and slower, achieve the bark, and not sacrifice flavor or moisture.

      • Somewhere between 450° and 500° is where I like to keep my gauge for a medium-rare center, but again, this depends on the thickness of the cut.
        A thermometer


      The marinade works not only to impart flavor, but also to tenderize the beef.
      The longer the marinating, the more tender the final product.


      Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 2467mg | Potassium: 384mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 3mg

      Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.