Overnight Pork Marinade

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If you want to know how to make a pork marinade, look no farther. This Overnight Pork Marinade is great for pork steaks, pork chops or pork loin.  The result is tender, moist and flavorful piece of pork.

Grilling is one of my favorite summer pastimes; actually, I love to grill all year long.  Pork is my favorite grilled meat option. I often make Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak because my kids love it even more than beef steak. I highly recommend trying pork steak if you’ve never had it before.

There’s nothing worse than dry, tough, tasteless pork.  The secret to preventing this atrocity is to marinade your pork before grilling.

Overnight Pork Marinade Recipe

This easy pork marinade recipe is simple with no fancy ingredients. You probably have all or most of the ingredients already in the cabinet or refrigerator! And to be quite truthful, you could leave out or swap out an ingredient or two, and it will still turn out great.

I, myself, actually modified this recipe from one that I borrowed from a friend’s mom. I ran out of dry mustard so I used the good, old-fashioned yellow mustard from the fridge, and I used dried parsley instead of fresh because that’s all I had. Feel free to modify if you need to!

What is the purpose of a marinade?

A marinade contains ingredients that will break down the tough protein fibers in meat to make them more tender. In addition, a marinade is an easy way to impart flavor into the pork before cooking and serving. If you want an even simpler pork steak marinade, check out our One-Ingredient Pork Marinade.

Check out our easy steak marinade if you have a beef sirloin, ribeye or T-bone in your refrigerator.

How long should I marinate my pork?

I recommend marinating a minimum of two hours but this marinade can be left on the pork overnight.

What’s the best vessel to marinate meat in?

I have a special marinating container with a lid that makes it easy to flip the meat over without the marinating liquid spilling; however, a resealable plastic bag works great too!

What cuts of pork is this marinade good for?

I love using this marinade for pork steak, chops, ribs, or even pork tenderloins. And, you can use this exact marinade for chicken; although, I would only marinate the meat for a few hours so that it doesn’t break down the meat too much!

How long should you let meat rest?

Allow your meat to “rest” for 5 to 10 minutes before cutting into it after the grilling process. For a thin-cut steak, 5 minutes should be sufficient, and for a thicker-cut steak, wait the full 10 minutes. Letting your grilled pork shoulder steak rest before cutting allows for the juices to redistribute into the meat fibers.

Cutting the meat directly off the grill allows all those juices to flow out onto the plate resulting in a dryer, less flavorful steak.

Leave the steak on plate and cover tightly with foil to prevent the temperature from dropping during the resting process.

How To Make Marinade for Pork:

  1. Whisk together vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, orange juice, mustard, black pepper, dried parsley and minced garlic.
  2. Pour over pork.
  3. Cover or seal tightly. Refrigerate overnight.
  4. Shake or turn meat a couple times to be sure all sides are coated during the marinating process.
  5. Grill meat to your desired temperature.
  6. Once it is off the heat, let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes.

For the full pork steak marinade for grilling recipe and ingredient amounts, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

Notes About Overnight Pork Marinade:

  • Substitute rice vinegar or regular white vinegar for white wine vinegar if desired.
  • Dry mustard can be used instead of yellow mustard. Use 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
  • Use 2 tablespoons fresh parsley for the dried, if desired.
  • Be sure to shake or flip the meat a couple times during marinating so that the marinade touches all sides.
  • Let your meat come to room temperature about 20 minutes before grilling.  This prevents the meat from cooking unevenly.
  • Prefer a dry rub? Try our Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak.
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Our Favorite Side Dishes when Grilling

Easy side dishes are the best when you are grilling out. We love make ahead cold salads or easy roasted (or even air fryer) vegetables that are quick to prep and just need put in the oven while the meat is cooking. Here are some of our top side dish picks:

More Pork Recipes:

Crock Pot Pork Roast and Gravy

If you're looking for a new favorite crock pot recipe that the whole family will love, try Easy Slow Cooker Pork Roast. With only 4 ingredients, you'll won't even break a sweat when preparing this tender pork roast.

Sweet and Sour Island Pork

This Island Sweet and Sour Pork dish is sure to be a family favorite dinner when served over a bed of rice.

20 Minute Pork Ramen Dinner

Pork Ramen Dinner is an easy stir-fry skillet meal that can be on the table in twenty minutes.  Budget-friendly ramen packets are transformed into a delicious and nutritious meal. 

Sour Cream Pork Chops (Husband-approved)

Sour Cream Pork Chops are an simple baked pork chop recipe that packs a punch of a flavor.  With a few simple ingredients, you'll have a fork-tender pork chop that will please the whole family. 

Overnight Pork Marinade

If you want to know how to make a pork marinade, look no farther. This Overnight Pork Marinade is great for pork steaks, pork chops or pork loin.  The result is tender, moist and flavorful pork.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinade Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy pork steak marinade, how to make pork marinade, overnight pork marinade, pork chop marinade, pork marinade for grilling, pork marinade recipes, pork steak marinade, pork steak marinade for grilling
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic

Instructions

  • Whisk together all ingredients.
    Whisk together all of the ingredients for your overnight pork marinade
  • Pour over pork. Cover tightly if marinading in a dish, or seal tightly if in a resealable plastic bag.
    Let your pork steak, chop or loin, sit for several hours in this Overnight pork marinade. Be sure to stick it into the refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate overnight or for several hours.
  • Grill pork steak to your desired doneness - at least to 145 degrees F. Let rest for 5-10 minutes once off the heat.
    If you want to know how to make a pork marinade, look no farther. This Overnight Pork Marinade is great for pork steaks, pork chops or pork loin.  The result is tender, moist and flavorful piece of pork.

Notes

  • Substitute rice vinegar or regular white vinegar for white wine vinegar if desired.
  • Dry mustard can be used instead of yellow mustard. Use 1 teaspoon dry mustard.
  • Use 2 tablespoons fresh parsley for the dried, if desired.
  • Be sure to shake or flip the meat a couple times during marinating so that the marinade touches all sides.
  • Let your meat come to room temperature about 20 minutes before grilling.  This prevents the meat from cooking unevenly. 
  • Try our other favorite Grilled Pork Shoulder Steak Marinade recipe!

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