There are basically 4 parts to a marinade recipe: Acid based liquid, salt, pepper, and oil. Other ingredients can consist of fresh herbs, spices, honey, and mustard, which will add another element of depth to the meat.
When marinating beef, the usually sitting time is between 4 to 24 hours, depending on the cut and your personal time frame. I like to plan ahead and allow the beef to sit in the marinade over night then let the meat come to room temperature before cooking. When the beef is at room temperature, it will cook more consistently to the end desired internal temp; medium rare etc. Another factor to think about when cooking beef is to allow ample resting time after it has been cooked, I suggest at least 15 minutes resting time. This will allow the juices to be redistributed back into the piece of meat as well as finish the cooking time without over cooking it. On the norm any type of meat or any dish will continue to cook even after it is removed from its cooking element.
Easy Beef Marinade:
For every pound of beef
1/3 Cup Balsamic vinegar
1/3 Cup Red wine, use what you would drink
Fresh ground pepper
1/4 Cup Extra virgin olive oil
3 sprigs fresh rosemary, minced
2 Tbs. Brown sugar
Generously sprinkle the beef with salt and pepper.
Combine the remaining ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk till the sugar is dissolved.
Pour the marinade into a large zip lock bag, add beef, and let it sit in the fridge over night.
Take the meat out of the marinade and allow it to sit at room temp. for about an hour.
Prepare your grill
Grill your meat to your desire and allow it to rest for 15 minutes.
This is the final product that has rested for 15 minutes and as you can see the meat is a perfect medium rare. Yum! The sugar in the marinade creates a nice caramelized crust which in turn seals in the other flavors of the marinade.
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In the end, marinade recipes for beef are a simple and fast way to not only enhance the flavor, but also tenderize tougher cuts of beef. You don't have to break the food budget to enjoy perfectly prepared or grilled steak, just follow a few basic guidelines and you are on your way to a great meal.