Summer is the perfect time for outdoor grilling over gas or charcoal, but steaks can also be marinated and grilled indoors during cooler or rainy weather using a George Foreman grill. Marinating meats before grilling not only makes them tender but also adds a burst of flavor.
In this article, we’ll discuss which cuts of beef should be marinated, the proper way to marinate, and share a basic steak marinade recipe. We’ll also cover important safety tips when it comes to marinating meats.
Table of Contents
Choosing the Right Cuts of Beef for Marinating
Marinating adds flavor and tenderness to the meat, making it perfect for cuts like round, flank, and skirt steak. Generally, more expensive cuts like porterhouse steaks and ribeyes don’t require marinating, while sirloin steak works well either way. Marinating less tender cuts can save you money, as they are usually cheaper and leaner than their more tender counterparts.
How to Marinate Beef Properly
- Prepare the marinade: Combine ingredients such as oil, wine or vinegar, and a mix of spices or sauces. You can use store-bought marinades or make your own at home.
- Puncture the meat: To help the marinade penetrate, puncture the meat in several places with a knife or use a meat tenderizer.
- Marinate the meat: Place the meat in a resealable plastic bag or a glass bowl with a lid, then add the marinade. Ensure the meat is well-coated on all sides.
- Refrigerate: Marinate the meat in the refrigerator for at least two hours, or ideally, overnight for maximum flavor.
- Grill: Remove the meat from the marinade and grill on an indoor or outdoor grill. You can spoon extra marinade over the meat while grilling for added flavor.
A Simple and Delicious Steak Marinade Recipe
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- Dash of pepper
Mix all ingredients thoroughly, place the meat in a plastic bag or a glass bowl with a lid, and add the marinade. Marinate for several hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
Safety Tips for Marinating Meats
- Always marinate meats in the refrigerator, not on the countertop.
- Discard any unused marinade, as bacteria from raw meat may make it unsafe for later use.
- Never reuse marinade that has been in contact with raw meat.
By following these guidelines and using a delicious marinade, you can enhance the flavor and tenderness of your grilled beef, making your indoor or outdoor grilling experience truly unforgettable.