Fire up the grill. This Rockin’ Meat Marinade NEEDS to be a staple in your kitchen!! It produces the juiciest steaks you have ever eaten.
Homemade steak marinade with simple ingredients. Add to a jar and shake. Make as much (or as little) as you need. Lasts for weeks in the fridge.
If you have been using store-bought STOP! This easy marinade recipe should be your new GO TO.
With grilling season finally here (it has been a very long winter), we are pumped to do some backyard cooking. I know lots of people grill all year round. We have actually grilled New Year’s Eve dinner before (when the grill was not under 3 feet of snow).
RECIPE and INSTRUCTIONS for this homemade steak marinade can be found at the bottom of this post.
To be honest, our old grill was not working. It would not have been able to cook well in the cold. We have a NEW beautiful Broil King grill, and things are going to get a whole lot tastier around here. This one WILL handle the cold.
With all the BBQ action happening, we need some great ideas to tenderize meat. Marinades are a great way to accomplish this. Not only do they work as a meat seasoning, but they also can transform a tougher cut of meat into juicy, tender, delicious recipes.
No need to pay high prices going out for a good steak dinner. With the help of this great marinade recipe (and the use of a great grill), you can have the juiciest steak ever, cooked right at home.
Best Meat Marinade From Scratch
Making a homemade marinade is super easy. It’s all about combining oil, acid, and flavourings. All it takes are a few ingredients and a jar!
- (affiliate)*olive oil
- (affiliate)*balsamic vinegar
- soya sauce
- dry red wine
- Dijon mustard
- garlic powder
- (affiliate)*Worcestershire sauce
Place ALL the ingredients in a jar and shake (or whisk). THAT’S IT! Double or triple the recipe if you are doing a large cut of meat. This keeps for weeks in the fridge.
One of the first posts on my blog was for Will’s Extra Special Marinade. We thought it was the best meat marinade we had ever used.
Since we all like to have a variety of sauces, rubs, to use, I had to come up with another quick steak marinade to spice things up on the grill. As you can see they are super easy to make.
Now when it comes to WINE, be sure only to use wine that YOU would drink. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive bottle on the rack. My rule of thumb is if I won’t drink it, I won’t cook with it either.
How long to marinate meat?
It all depends on the cut of meat. Nothing LESS than an hour or the marinade won’t have enough time to penetrate and produce any results.
Thin cuts of meat do well if they sit in the marinade for 10-12 hours. Large cuts of meat like roasts, for example, can marinate for up to 24 hours.
Seafood usually takes about 30 minutes. Chicken up to a few hours. Vegetables 30 minutes.
What kind of meat can you marinade?
All kinds. Chicken, pork, lamb, and beef. You can also marinate seafood and vegetables too.
Always cover the meat and keep it in the fridge while marinating.
I like to marinate meat in a resealable plastic bag. It allows the marinade to encircle the meat and makes for easy cleanup. If you are concerned about using plastic, you can use glass bowls, but you must turn the meat several times to ensure the marinade can work its magic on all sides.
When you remove your meat from the marinade, you can discard the liquid, or reserve some to create a basting sauce. YOU MUST boil it for at least 5 minutes to remove any bacteria. NEVER reuse a meat marinade.
Nothing is better than having a great cut of meat sizzling away. The aroma is so awesome, and it can literally drive your neighbours crazy. How many times have you sat in your backyard and said, “someone is barbecuing”? Check out my Homemade Onion Gravy. Hubby has claimed this to be the BEST gravy for steak!
This is a good marinade for steak, pork, lamb, chicken and salmon.
I know we will be doing LOTS of grilling this summer. That means LOTS of entertaining too. I have never met a person that has turned down an invitation to a BBQ party.
Treat yourself (and your guests if you are really generous) to an awesome steak. This is the best marinade for all your grilling needs.
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Give these homemade seasonings a try too:
Rockin’ Meat Marinade for the Juiciest Meat Ever
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup dry red wine
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup soya sauce
- 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Place all ingredients into a glass jar. Whisk/shake to combine well.
- Use whenever you need a great marinade.
- Keep unused marinade in a sealed jar in the fridge.