Red Wine Vinegar Steak Marinade (Good for any cut of beef)

Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 25 minutes Serves: 8


Delicious marinade for steaks to be cooked on a grill. Combines a variety of flavors to create a tender and juicy steak!


  • 2 cups – Olive or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup – Soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup – Red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup – Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons – Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons – Fresh ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup – Dijon mustard
  • 4 tablespoons – Brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons – A1 steak sauce (or similar)
  • 8 garlic cloves, diced
  • 2 whole white onions, sliced
  • Note: Creates enough marinade for up to 8 one-inch thick steaks plus a little leftover for brushing steaks while grilling.


In a large bowl combine all ingredients except for the sliced onions. Begin with liquid ingredients then whisk in the pepper, brown sugar, and diced garlic.

For more tender cuts of meat like rib eye you can get away with less lemon juice, as the primary purpose of the acidic juice is to tenderize the meat. This recipe includes enough lemon juice to make even tougher cuts of meat like flank or chuck tender!

Once you’ve mixed together all ingredients prepare steaks. Remove steaks from packaging and wash under cold water, then pat dry. Place steaks into large gallon ziploc bags, then create a layer on top of them using the sliced onions (4-5 slices per bag).

Add in a generous portion of marinade to each bag and seal tight. Shake bag around to distribute marinade. Let the meat marinade for at least 6 hours (8 hours+ preferred), flipping them over once halfway.

Heat grill up to highest heat (or one full layer of white coals for a charcoal grill). Separate steaks from onions and place on the grill. For 1 inch thick steaks, 4-5 minutes per side will get you a nice medium rare.

Serve with your favorite starches and vegetables and enjoy!

Additionally you may take the onions leftover from the marinade and combine them with a generous portion of mushrooms in a foil pouch or tin, then place on the grill for 10-15 minutes. Allow the vegetables to steam cook through. The onions will release the marinade flavor they have absorbed and flavor the mushrooms, too!

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