Subtle Infused Flavor
A lot of meats taste better after they have been marinated for a period of time, and beef is definitely one of them. A beef marinade can add flavor to your meat and tenderize it at the same time. Most beef marinades contain an acid in them such as lemon juice, vinegar or wine, along with an assortment of herbs or spices. If you have a tough cut of beef, the acid is especially important, as will serve as a tenderizer.Since most beef marinades already have acid ingredients in them, the marinating should be done in a glass, ceramic or stainless steel container. You should never use an aluminum container for a marinade that has acid in it.
There are many different types of beef marinades that you can buy or make. These marinades will have an assortment of different ingredients in them, but many beef marinades will include some of the following: soy sauce, honey, distilled white vinegar, garlic powder, ground ginger, vegetable oil, green onions, cilantro, lime juice, salt, assorted peppers, brown sugar, scallions, dry sherry, wine, burgundy, bay leaf, peppercorns, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce and black pepper. And yes, while it may break your heart to do it, pouring beer into your marinade can be very tasty as well.
You can buy pre-mixed beef marinades and you can also create your own or follow an existing recipe. You should feel free to experiment with your marinades and add the ingredients you like. You can make them mild or hot and anywhere in between. Just let your taste buds take over when you are mixing your marinade, but don't overdo it, so the marinade overpowers the meat. If you are going to be cooking a very lean cut of gourmet meat, you should add a small amount of oil to your beef marinade to keep the meat from getting too dry. Olive oil or any type of vegetable oil should do the trick.
When you have mixed your marinade or poured it into the bowl, just add the meat to it and let it marinate in the refrigerator for at least four hours before grilling the meat. You can let the beef marinate longer if you wish. Remember that foods should be covered and refrigerated while they're marinating. Don't let them marinate at room temperature.