Beef Marinade – A Simple Marinade for Steak

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What’s the secret to a tender steak? Use a simple beef marinade for steak to ensure a flavorful, fork-tender cut of meat.  Our marinade has four simple ingredients which are probably already in your pantry.

Beef Marinade Recipe

Shut the front door! Only 4 ingredients stand between you and a fork-tender steak.

Did I mention that you probably already have all four ingredients at home in your refrigerator or pantry?

That’s right, you don’t have to use fancy ingredients to make a delicious beef marinade.

Should I marinate steak in beef marinade?

YES, YES, YES.

If you’ve spent money on a nice piece of meat such as a beef steak, think of a marinade as an insurance policy.  The last thing you want is a tough, dry steak dinner.

Using a marinade, breaks down the meat for a tender steak while also infusing flavors to enhance the natural flavors of the beef.

How long should I marinate my steak?

I recommend marinating your beef steak for a minimum of 2 – 3 hours, if possible.

But, I find it easiest to make the marinade, pour it over the meat, and then refrigerate overnight. Think of it as meal preparation. When it’s time for dinner the next day, all you have to do it pull it out and throw it on the grill.

If you’re in a time crunch, marinate the meat at room temperature for 30 minutes; it’s better than nothing!

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What to soak beef in to make it tender?

Here’s my simple steak marinade. Follow this for a tender, flavorful steak.

Beef Marinade Ingredients:

Red Wine Vinegar

Soy Sauce

Brown Sugar

Garlic Powder

How to Make Overnight Steak Marinade (Beef Marinade):

For the full ingredient amounts and instructions for overnight steak marinade, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Whisk together red wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic powder in a small bowl.
  2. Pour over thawed beef steaks in a marinating dish or resealable bag.
  3. Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight, flipping a couple times.
  4. Grill beef steaks according to your preference.

What goes with beef steaks on the grill?

There’s nothing better than grilled steak with all the sides. The best thing about steak is that it’s the perfect complement to so many side dishes. Check out our top ten favorite side dishes to serve with grilled beef steak.

  1. Buttermilk Mac and Cheese
  2. Old Fashioned Cheesy Potato Casserole
  3. Southern Summer Squash Casserole
  4. Mom’s Cucumber and Onions
  5. Simple and Sweet Coleslaw
  6. Cheesy Creamed Corn
  7. Broiled Tomato Slices
  8. Cucumber Tomato Salad
  9. Carrot Raisin Salad
  10. Air Fryer Cauliflower

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Notes About Steak Marinade for BBQ:

  • Substitute white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for Red Wine vinegar, if needed.
  • Fresh garlic makes for great flavor if you have it on hand instead of garlic powder. Use 1 – 2 cloves, minced.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce, if possible.
  • Regular sugar, honey or maple sugar could be used instead of brown sugar.
  • Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours minimum, if possible.
  • If desired, let marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Use a resealable bag or a special marinating container like this oneone.
  • I recommend pulling the meat out to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  • Let your steak rest for 5 minutes before cutting to prevent all the juices from releasing from the meat.

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Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade

Grilled pork chops is a favorite entrée at our house, and we've figured out the perfect marinade for a flavorful chop. Rosemary Lemon Pork Chop Marinade uses only a handful of ingredients to pack on the flavor.

3 Ingredient Steak Marinade

We have the easiest 3 Ingredient Steak Marinade for you, and we are betting you already have the ingredients on hand - ground black pepper, bottled Italian dressing, and Dijon mustard. Your steak will be tender and flavorful every single time.

Grilled Pork Steak Rub

Things to Marinade Steak In:

Here’s an easy list of ingredients to use to make a steak marinade.

  • Soy Sauce
  • Cola
  • Ginger Ale
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Mustard (yellow, Dijon, whole grain)
  • Vinegar (red, balsamic, apple cider)
  • Lemon Juice
  • Orange Juice

Beef Marinade

What's the secret to a tender steak? Use a simple marinade for steak to ensure a flavorful, fork-tender cut of meat.  Our beef marinade has four simple ingredients which are probably already in your pantry.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Marinating Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 5 mins
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: 4 ingredient steak marinade, beef marinade, easy steak marinade, overnight steak marinade, steak marinade
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • In a small bowl, whisk together red wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic powder.
    What's the secret to a tender steak? Use a simple marinade for steak to ensure a flavorful, fork-tender cut of meat.  Our beef marinade has four simple ingredients which are probably already in your pantry.
  • Pour over thawed steaks in marinating container or resealable bag.
    What's the secret to a tender steak? Use a simple marinade for steak to ensure a flavorful, fork-tender cut of meat.  Our beef marinade has four simple ingredients which are probably already in your pantry.
  • Refrigerate for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight, flipping once or twice if possible.
  • Grill to your desired doneness.
    What's the secret to a tender steak? Use a simple marinade for steak to ensure a flavorful, fork-tender cut of meat.  Our beef marinade has four simple ingredients which are probably already in your pantry.

Notes

  • Substitute white vinegar or apple cider vinegar for Red Wine vinegar, if needed.
  • Fresh garlic makes for great flavor if you have it on hand instead of garlic powder. Use 1 - 2 cloves, minced.
  • Regular sugar, honey or maple sugar could be used instead of brown sugar.
  • Use low sodium soy sauce, if possible
  • Let marinate in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours minimum, if possible.  
  • If desired, let marinate overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Use a resealable bag or a special marinating container like this one
  • I recommend pulling the meat out to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before grilling.
  • Once cooked, let your steak rest for 5 minutes before cutting to prevent all the juices from releasing from the meat. 
  • Try our 3 ingredient Steak Marinade, too!

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