Looking for some grilling tips for beef? I have some specifically for steaks, and I'm sharing them here with you. I really like BBQ cooking steaks. A nice thick T-bone, ribeye, Porterhouse, filet, or New York strip on the grill is my idea of a great meal! I like mine Pittsburg rare – a little charred on the outside and red on the inside. Yum! Of course, the problem is the price. Choice steaks are expensive these days. The grocery stores around here often have lower grades of meat at reasonable prices, but it’s hit or miss with them. Sometimes you end up with a tender, juicy piece of beef, and sometimes you end up with cheap steaks that are veritable shoe leather. You could always go with inexpensive cuts of beef, too, but you run into the same inconsistency. Sirloin, round steak, flank steak, eye of round, and eye of chuck can be wonderful on the grill or practically inedible. So what’s a savvy consumer to do? How do you make cheap steaks tasty? Read on to find out!

Steaks on a Charcoal Grill - yum!
Source: holle abee
Marinade for Steak

My answer to this dilemma is to use a great marinade for steak, and it just so happens that I came up with one last year that’s the best beef marinade I’ve ever used. I bought some cheap T-bones with little marbling, at a big discount. I knew the steaks would be tough, so I set out to tenderize them. They turned out to be the best steaks we have ever eaten. Ever! And believe me, I’ve eaten a lot of steaks. I used to be married to a cattle rancher, and I know my beef. I also know that cheaper steaks might need a little help in order for them to turn out tender, juicy, and tasty.Steak marinades supply that extra boost.

Most steak marinades include some type of oil and some type of liquid that is acidic in nature. Obviously, the oil helps keep the beef moist, while the acid helps to make the meat more tender by partially breaking down muscle tissues. For this steak marinade recipe, the Italian dressing supplies the oil, along with some vinegar, which is acidic. The red wine adds more acid and flavor. I love onions and garlic, so I use both in this beef marinade. The black peppercorns impart even more flavor.Try my method for tenderizing meat and my marinade recipe. I think you’ll like it!