Beer Marinade For Beef

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"We have been using this recipe since 1974. It was given to me by a good friend and Master Chef at the Charcoal Inn in Gaithersburg, MD. Very flavorful. This works well for meats prepared on the grill (indoor or out), in a smoker, under a broiler or in the oven. Note: Best if marinaded over night."

Original is 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (108.1 g)
  • Calories 160.3
  • Total Fat - 13.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.9 g
  • Cholesterol - 0 mg
  • Sodium - 593.3 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 4 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.3 g
  • Sugars - 0.3 g
  • Protein - 0.5 g
  • Calcium - 6.7 mg
  • Iron - 0.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 2.4 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Mix all ingredients together and use as a marinade.

Step 2

Then use as a basting sauce for the meat while it cooks.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • If using a light beer, adjust the seasoning accordingly.
  • Substitute white wine or apple cider vinegar for the wine vinegar or dry sherry, if desired.

  • Substitute the beer with apple cider vinegar - This substitution will give the marinade a more tangy flavor, which is great for grilled or smoked meats.
  • Substitute the olive oil with avocado oil - This substitution will give the marinade a more creamy texture and add a subtle nutty flavor to the dish.

Teriyaki Marinade Replace the beer with 1/2 cup soy sauce, 1/4 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup pineapple juice; add 1 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder; omit the cayenne pepper and horseradish; and reduce the lemon juice to 1 tablespoon.

Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary - Roasted potatoes with rosemary is the perfect side dish to complement the Beer Marinade For Beef. The potatoes are roasted with oil, salt, and rosemary, which adds a delicious herby flavor to the dish. The potatoes are a great accompaniment to the beef and will help to balance out the flavors of the marinade.

Garlic Green Beans: Garlic green beans are the perfect accompaniment to the Beer Marinade For Beef. The beans are cooked with garlic, oil, and salt, which adds a delicious flavor to the dish. The beans are a great source of fiber and vitamins, and the garlic adds a great depth of flavor to the marinade. The green beans will help to balance out the flavors of the marinade and make for a delicious side dish.


Q: How long should I marinade the meat?

A: The recipe suggests marinating the meat overnight for best results. However, you can marinate for as little as 30 minutes for a more subtle flavor.

Q: What temperature should I cook the meat?

A: The best temperature for cooking the meat depends on the type of meat and the desired doneness. Generally, beef and pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F, while poultry should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F.

66 Reviews


I love how the ingredients permeate into the meat while sitting in marinade. Makes for a great tasting steak on the barbie!


review by:
(30 Jul 2020)


Quick marinade. Steaks were tender, and tasted good!


review by:
(11 Aug 2019)


Meat was tender and tasted pretty good. Not sure we cared for it as much as others seem to have though. It was worth a try.


review by:
(24 Jul 2019)


Saw the great reviews on this recipe and was disappointed with the results. Too much cayenne and horseradish for us. Too strong a flavor of both. Don't think I will use this again the way it is written.


review by:
(14 Apr 2019)


THE BEST MARINADE! I use it for all meat. It makes meat tender like better. Thanks for this Shadows.


review by:
(17 May 2018)

Mimi Bobeck

Using this marinade results in a tender, juicy and so packed full of flavor steak. I prefer using rib eye and New York Sirloin steaks and using my grill. Super delicious!


review by:
(5 Oct 2017)

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Fun facts:

This recipe was given to the creator by a Master Chef at the Charcoal Inn in Gaithersburg, Maryland. This restaurant has been in business since 1974 and is a favorite of many celebrities and politicians.

Horseradish is a key ingredient in this marinade. It was first used as a condiment in Europe in the 1400s and was a favorite of Catherine the Great, the Empress of Russia.