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Marinade for steak

I bought at the store three ridiculously cheap and and fresh but gonna-be-tough pieces of steak.

Do you ever marinate whole steaks instead of steak tips? Can you give me your favorite marinade recipes? How long do you soak 'em?

They will eventually be grilled and served with baby carrots and homemade steak fries if that helps.

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  1. THis recipe sounds awful- but it is really good. Equal parts Italian dressing, ketchup and coca cola. I am not a big ketchup or coca cola fan, but love this on grilled steaks. I soak them all day in the marinade, then toss on the grill. Great on London broil.

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    1. re: macca

      I've done fresh ham in cola and it works really well. The sugar, phosphoric acid, and fruit flavors work well to brine/tenderize/flavor the meat. I can see how ketchup would amp up the flavors more suited to beef. I think I might just go to the basis of ketchup though -- vinegar, Worcestershire, garlic, and anchovy(sugar & tomato aren't going to help grilled beef). I'm not sure that the dressing would be adding much to that mix, but perhaps some herbs -- which I've found usually go up in smoke when grilling, but maybe if you are cooking at a lower temp they'd contribute.

      1. re: renov8r

        You are probably right, and I usually like to make my own teriyaki style marinade for beef- but this is really easy, and so good. The person who gave it to me told me it was the "secret" recipe from a Boston Area restaurant famous for its steak tips. Don't believe him, as if it was a "secret" recipe, i dont think he would have had it- but it IS close to the recipe, I think. I am not sure what the dressing does either, except maybe temper the sugar and coat the meat in olive oil.

        1. re: macca

          Bizarrely, I overheard in Markey's the other day a guy discussing the marinade that macca mentions to his buddy. They had had several beers (several several) while waiting for lobsters so I thought "Take it with a grain of salt..." but now I see his recipe verbatim from macca, a chowhound. Okay, I will try this either tonight or tomorrow because I know I have all three of those ingredients at home. THANK YOU

          1. re: thegolferbitch

            Let me know what you think- did they say it was a "secret" recipe from the New Bridge? Coincidently, I got this recipe from a patron of a pub ( not Markey's). Like you, I almost scoffed at it. I wonder if there are a few guys travelling from pub to pub in the area spreading the recipe :}. Funny

            1. re: macca

              No, no names mentioned, otherwise I would have "trusted" them! They had just lost money on a simulated race somewhere and were drowning their sorrows. New Bridge is a damn good place for recipes though.
              That's a very weird coincidence about the pub guys. I'll report back on how my cooking goes.

      2. re: macca

        macca -
        I used your marinade last night on some steaks we grilled ....marinated them all day. They were awesome....thanks for the idea!

        1. re: THenderson

          No problem. TO me, it was one of those recipes Iwas almost afraid to try- as I do not drink coca cola, and hardly ever use ketchup., But, as is sometimes the case, the whole was certaainly better than the sum of the parts!! I am gooing to try it with some ribs and some chicken, too.

          1. re: macca

            We are the same way with coke - but I must admit, I occasionally enjoy ketchup...heinz organic is decent and not so sweet...made with sugar instead of corn syrup. Anyway, I made up a little extra marinade yesterday and currently have some boneless skinless chicken breasts marinating....ready to grill tonight.
            Thanks again-

      3. My husband & my amazing delicious marinade:
        Oil
        Honey/brown sugar
        Worcestershire
        Red wine vinegar/lime juice (sometimes both)
        Steak seasoning
        Sometimes some soy (depends on other flavors in the meal)

        We had strip steaks the other night and he had marinated them overnight - delicious but honestly not sure I could tell the difference between overnight and just a few hours.

        1. I've marinated whole steaks a number of times with the following:

          Equal parts of Worcestershire sauce and Teriyaki sauce. A healthy squirt of Siracha (or hot sauce of your choice). Marinate 8 hrs.

          Red wine, garlic, worcestershire sauce and fresh thyme. Again, marinate 8 hrs.

          1. For a really good steak I like the worcestershire, steak seasoning, soy, etc. But it sounds like what you've got is going to be a little tougher. Marinade is not going to significantly tenderize the meat so don't worry about that.
            I'd go with the red wine, garlic, worcestershire, and thyme mentioned above. I think it will enhance the meat you have better than the alternative.

            1. I've made a literal Bloody Mary marinade that turned out great