BBQ Steak Marinade

A rectangular enamel dish with a steak marinating in it.

This steak marinade is easy to whisk together with common ingredients making in perfect for a backyard or camping preparation.

Make sure to marinate your steaks ahead of time, so they can absorb the flavor from the marinade. The wine, vinegar, and lemon juice will help to tenderize the meat, while the soy sauce and spices add a lot of flavors.

This marinade also works well for other cuts of beef, and other proteins like chicken and pork. Simply marinate your cut of choice and then grill it to your preferred doneness.

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A grill with a row of New York steaks having parallel grill marks on them.
Once the steak is marinaded it can be cooked on any grill set-up.
A rectangle dish with a steak marinating in it.
The steak marinading can be done in a dish or in a plastic ziplock bag.
A single lone steak sitting on grill grates having already been cooked on one side.
This marinade creates a slightly darker steak due to the dark ingredients like soy sauce and balsamic vinegar.
A rectangular enamel dish with a steak marinating in it.
The steak marinade both adds flavor and tenderizes the meat, creating a tasty piece of grilled meat.

BBQ Steak Marinade Recipe

A rectangular enamel dish with a steak marinating in it.
BBQ steak marinadeĀ is easy to whisk together with common ingredients but packs a ton of flavor. Use on your favorite beef, chicken, or pork, then cook.
Preparation 5 minutes
Ready in 5 minutes
Servings 1 Servings
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  • 1 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 6 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon powdered ginger


  • Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
  • Place steaks in a sealable plastic bag and add enough marinade to lightly coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours.
  • Grill steaks according to preference. Discard marinade.
  • Store remaining, unused marinade in a clean jar in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 515kcalCarbohydrates: 56gProtein: 27gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 9225mgPotassium: 1614mgFiber: 5gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 23IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 162mgIron: 7mg

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Tom Wallin became involved with “low n’ slow” southern style barbecue in 2004 when he and his wife (Kay) became Kansas City Barbecue Society Certified BBQ Judges.

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