Beer Steak Marinade

Beer Steak Marinade seems like it goes hand in hand with BBQ season and a cold beer while grilling!

You can definitely taste the beer on your grilled steak with this. Since I enjoy red wine with my steak I was initially wondering if the beer would make the wine taste off.

I can happily report that the beer is subtle enough that it did not interfere with my Cotes du Rhone wine!

Marinate your steaks at least 8 hours and 24 is even better.

Your choice of beer will be important because the beer and garlic tend to dominate the flavour profile. I love using dark craft beer for this kind of cooking. ( I put beer in my sauerkraut too!)

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This will make about 3 cups of marinade which is enough for 6 large steaks. Steaks should be laid flat in a single layer in a sealed container(s) with marinade poured over top. Turn container(s) periodically so both sides of the steak spend a good amount of time in the marinade.

I grilled the steaks on medium high but moved then around a bit and flipped them twice so I could baste them with the leftover marinade. Note that I boiled the leftover marinade in a cup in the microwave for 3 minutes so that when I basted the steaks I wasn’t adding in any possible bacteria from the raw steaks. Discard any leftover marinade after you have brushed it on a couple of times on each side.

I took this approach so the marinade wouldn’t burn on the grill.

You might enjoy your Beer Marinated Steak with this Warm Potato Salad with Beer (and bacon!) What’s not to love here???

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Warm Potato Salad with Beer (and bacon!)

Close up of grilled strip loin steack with juicy marinade caramelized on it

Beer Steak Marinade

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 3 mins
Total Time: 8 hrs 13 mins
Servings: 3 cups


  • 12 oz dark beer
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 5 Tbsps fresh lime juice
  • 3 Tbsps red onion finely choppped
  • 6 cloves garlic chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbsp whole grain mustard or Dijon
  • 2 Tbsps olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp hot sauce


  • Mix all ingredients and pour over steaks in a single layer. Marinate for at least 8 hours and 24 hours is even better. Turn sealed container a few times so both sides of the steaks spend time sitting in the marinade.
  • When ready to grill transfer raw steaks to a platter. Microwave the leftover marinade for 3 minutes on high. Grill steaks to your liking over medium high heat taking care marinade doesn't burn. Use cooked marinade to baste steaks periodically. Allow final 3 minutes on each side without further basting to give marinade time to caramelize.
  • Grilling guide - about 2 1/2 minutes per side for rare, 3 minutes for medium-rare, about 5 minutes for medium (140 degrees F) or about 8 minutes for medium-well (150 degrees F). The most accurate way to test for doneness is with an instant read thermometer. You want the finished internal temperature to be about 125 degrees F for rare, 135 for medium rare, 140 for medium and 150 for well-done. Note: Remove steaks when temperature is 5 degrees below target temperature. They will continue to cook during 5 minutes of tenting.


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 104mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 44g
Beer Steak Marinade

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