Top 10 Beef Marinade Recipes

A good marinade will help out virtually any cut of beef. Beef marinades need some power (Acid) to make them effective at tenderizing the dense and strong fibers of this meat. When marinating beef, take into account the thickness of the cut. Thin cuts need to be marinated for an hour or two while thicker cuts, like roasts, can be marinated for up to 12 hours.

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    Beef tacos
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    This marinade can be used on practically any meat or Mexican-style dish. You'll get a great lime and cilantro flavor without overpowering the flavor of the meat.

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    Beef brisket
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    Whether you are smoking or grilling a brisket, this marinade will add a lot of flavor and help tenderize the meat. by marinating brisket, you start the crust formation by softening the surface that helps to promote smoke absorption.

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    Guiness Marinade
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    This is a classic marinade, full of flavor and contains really good beer! You don't have to use Guinness if you don't want to, but you will want a really rich dark beer and Guinness Brand Stout is the perfect beer to provide flavor for this marinade.

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    Beef Bulgogi
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    This is the traditional marinade recipe for Korean Bulgogi, which is a marinated steak cut into strips and served up in lettuce leaves or on rice. This is also a great marinade for most cuts of beef.

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    Beef rib marinade
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    This marinade adds a lot of flavor to your beef ribs. The acid from the lemon juice and vinegar will increase tenderness once they are smoked. This marinade is great at helping to render fat from beef ribs.

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    Fajita Marinade
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    This marinade is loaded with flavors perfect for making fajitas though you can use any meat you want to. Marinate beef the longest, poultry less, and fish for only about 30 minutes.

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    Jamaican Jerk Marinade
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    You've heard of Jerk seasonings and Jerk rubs, well this is a jerk marinade that gets that great jerk flavor deep into the meat. You can use this marinade on all kinds of meat and poultry.

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    Carne Asada
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    While Carne Asada usually means beef, this marinade works just as well on chicken or pork. If you want to put together a delicious Mexican dish, then this is a great marinade to start with.

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    BBQ brisket
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    Marinating a brisket is really a great way to make sure your smoked brisket remains tender and juicy. This marinade will start the tenderization process and work a lot of flavor into the brisket. The best method here is to get a resealable bag large enough to hold the brisket and to make sure you get all the air out of the bag before you seal it.

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    Easy Brisket Marinade
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    This is a quick and easy marinade that works great on barbecue brisket. It has a delicious flavor and the wine will tenderize the meat and carry the flavors deep inside.