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May 9, 2007 10:01 AM

Tasty & Easy Steak Marinade?

hi all

just decided on mothers day BBQ and would like to marinade a couple of steaks and cook them up on the grill ( first time this year ) does anyone have a favorite they use?


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  1. Here is a recent thread that may give you some ideas. I am going to try lots of them this summer!

    1. The recipes on that thread look amazing!

      BF uses a shortcut that turns out fabulously, if you want to go the store-bought route. If you're near a Safeway/Vons/Pavilions, they have a generic Spicy Ginger marinade that's great with flank steaks. We buy the steaks from Costco, throw them in a ziploc bag and upend the bottle of marinade into it. One bottle can marinade about 4 medium-sized flank steaks.

      The marinade caramelizes to give a semi-sweet crust and the ginger gives the meat a tiny kick.

      1. This has been my favorite for several years: Sirloin-and-Summer-Vegetable Kabobs with Firecracker Sauce from Country Living Magazine. I just marinated a TJ's tri-tip in it last weekend (all day) and it comes out very tender - sweet, tangy and spicy all at once.

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        1. re: LindaWhit

          I love sweet and spicy. Looks great. I have made a marinade similar to this 9 no ketchup) for a friend who is diabetic- and substituted sugar free (fake!) maple syrup. It was surprisingly good- and he said it was hard to find a good, diabetic friendly marinade that had some sweetness.

          1. re: macca

            Ditto on the sweet and spicy love. :-) And you can vary both by the amount of maple syrup and red pepper flakes you choose to use. I find I like it just as it is written.

            BTW, last weekend I didn't have enough lime juice so I subbed a bit of fresh lemon juice.....definitely NOT the same. Stick with the lime juice.

            1. re: LindaWhit

              I think sometimes you can sub lemon for lime, but not always. The other day, I had some leftover corn on the cob, and hated to throw it out. I amde a salad with black beans, the corn and red onion. I was making the dressing- olive oil, cumin, a bit of hot sauce, S/P and a dash of rice vinegar for a hint of sweetness. I wanted to use limes, but only had lemons on hand. Was ok, but is much better with limes.

        2. My husband and I love this one... Dark soy sauce, minced garlic, black pepper. You're guaranteed a flavorful, juicy steak. It's so easy and so good!

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          1. re: VirgoBlue

            A friend (who learned it from her dad) sold me on simply marinating overnight in soy sauce. Tasty & EASY -- Now my favorite way to prepare steak. Sorry if this is obvious and uninspired, but it's just so good.

            1. re: slowfoodgrrl

              overnight terryaki and then a wee squeeze of lemon before it goes on the grill.

          2. red wine, crushed garlic, olive oil, fresh ground pepper, then a dash of whatever suits your fancy -- dijon, or worcestershire, or chili powder, or forget all the above and use Argentine chimichurri sauce. In all cases, less is more -- let the meat speak.