If you're thinking about grilling but want to stick to a budget, you don't have to skip the steaks — just skip the filet mignon. Cuts like sirloin and flank steak can be just as good with a little help from the right marinade.
Try marinating your steak in beer for an hour or more before grilling. Not only does a good brew add a beautiful flavor to the meat, but beer’s natural alpha acids and tannins are tenderizing superheroes.
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Coffee isn’t just for the mornings! Brewing a strong pot of coffee (and chilling it) creates a natural tenderizer. Similarly, a coffee rub helps to break down the meat and add a beautiful, rich flavor to your steak.
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Ginger is not just a source of a sweet, delicious flavor in your steak marinades. It’s also a secret source of proteolytic enzymes, which help to break down any protein.
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Massaging any steak with coarse kosher salt about 45 minutes before you grill it is a guaranteed way to bring out its natural juices and tenderness. The juices will dissolve the salt, creating a natural brine.
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Acid is a must-have for tenderizing steak, so citrus always does the trick. Plus, some freshly-squeezed lemon or lime juice can add a brightness to your meat that’s perfect for grilling season.
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Like lemons and limes, oranges are highly acidic, making them a great meat tenderizer. Just be sure you don’t add too much or your marinade could actually toughen the meat.
Pineapple juice isn’t just for marinating pork or seafood; it works great on steak, too. The juice will lend a certain unique sweetness to the meat and the naturally-occurring bromelain will help break down the steak’s collagen.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a Coke or Pepsi fan — either soda will do. The acid in the cola will help tenderize the meat, and the sugar will add a natural sweetness to your marinade.
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If you’re more a fan of tea than coffee, this delicate beverage will work just as well for steak. Tea is packed with tenderizing tannins. Adding some strongly brewed tea will bring an earthy flavor to your steak and give it a beautiful tender texture.
Wine doesn’t just pair with steak as a drink — it has natural tannins which help tenderize the meat, and its acidity helps the steak retain its natural juices.
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