Yay for Summer
With the arrival of the Memorial Day weekend. Swimming, sun, hanging out on the deck, fixing drinks and firing up the BBQ. Who doesn’t love the smell and taste of grilled food?? We grill most weekends and a few nights a week during the summer. I wanted to share my favorite and popular (my family loves this one) marinade for steaks and kebabs on the BBQ. You can also so add some of the same ingredients to your ground beef for great tasting burgers.
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Braggs Amino Acids
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Fresh chopped* Thyme – at least 1 Teaspoon (can add more for a stronger flavor)
Fresh chopped Oregano* – at least 1 Teaspoon (can add more for a stronger flavor)
Mix all ingredients together
This makes enough marinade for approximately 1 to 1.5 pounds of steak cut in to 1” pieces for kebabs or just marinade the steak in it and grill. Marinade the meat for at least 4 hours up to 24 hours. This recipe is easily adjustable to more steak. For the burgers, omit 2 tablespoons of the oil and just mix all other ingredients into the ground beef, pat out and grill.
Typically, I use New York Strip steaks that we purchase in bulk from Costco. When I get the package home, I divide up the meat and freeze it to use over the next month or so.
I like to put the meat either in a plastic bag or a plastic dish with a lid to marinade. This allows you to turn or toss the meat every so often while it is in the fridge.
If you are not an oregano fan, you can sub chopped fresh parsley. But I encourage you to try the oregano. It gives the beef an amazing flavor.
You can also mix up some of the marinade to brush over the kebabs or steaks while they are grilling.
For my Kebabs, I use a mixture of yellow and orange peppers, red onion, zucchini and mushrooms. You can use whatever veggies your family likes. Cut veggies in to 1” pieces. Thread on skewers with the meat. I start and end with the meat and always put an onion next to it – Mom taught me that.
Next time you are grilling, give this marinade a try. Let me know how it goes!
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*to Save time, you can just remove the leaves from the stem and use them. About 4 stems of Oregano and about 5 of Thyme.