I need a meat tenderizer marinade recipie

  1. Hi Everyone,

    I have been watching all the cooking shows lately and everyone is grilling. What I am looking for is a marinade for beef that will tenderize cheaper cuts of meat before I grill them. Does anyone have a good recipie they care to share?

    I bought some sirloin that was on sale not realizing that not all sirloin is alike, although the taste was good the meat was TOUGH !!!! So, being the cheapo that I am I bough several packages since they were on sale and now I need a way to tenderize them. I used to buy aldolphs meat tenderizer but for some odd reason I can't find it in the stores.

    Thanks
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Here is a fool proof marinade,BadBird......

    Take 1 pkt of Good Season's Italian Dressing mix and use olive oil and Balsamic Vinegar in place of regular oil and vinegar. Place meat in a ziploc bag and pour dressing over meat, seal bag. Let marinade at least 4 hours, 8 hours is better and over night is the bomb!. Grill as usual. It works wonders for tough cuts of meat and tastes sooooo yummy. If you are a venison eater (an you all know how tough venison can be) it is awesome for making melt in your mouth meat. Can use on chicken too!!

    Bon Apetite!!
  4. by   H ynnoD
    Kraft has marinade sauces now that come in salad dressing like bottles.Have some very good ones.As for tenderizing,we boil the meat before we cook it for about an hour.If you have alot of energy you can beat it to death with one of those tenderizing hammers.Now I need to fix my barbeque,this made me crave barbeque meat.:chuckle
  5. by   Mkue
    Sometimes I use the bottled Italian zesty dressing to marinade
  6. by   NRSKarenRN
    For the budget minded:

    Wipe wth meat with damp paper towel, place meat in covered tuperware container or oblong pyrex type caserole dish. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over top, sprinkle Mrs Dash or fresh graound pepper on top. Flip meat over and repeat other side. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, 4 hrs if really tough. (Could also place in large ziptop bag). I will add on occasion 1/2 Italian Bottled dressing from dollar type store (save the good stuff for salad). P.S. Do not add salt as makes meat tough.

    To tenderize pork and enhance flavor, mix 1 cup dark brown sugar , 1 tbsp Gulden's mustard with 1 cup of hot water in large zip top bag--add your pork chops or roast then add another 2 cups hot water or until bag full; remove excess air and sit in refrig for at least two hours.
    Cook meat as desired. YUMMY
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    nothing beats good ole Italian dressing, scallions on top and 24 hours in the fridge, i tell ya. NOTHING.
  8. by   BadBird
    Thanks for the tips, if I am understanding
    correctly the vinegar tenderizes and salt toughens? I hope I have that correct, well I will marinade tomorrow and grill the day after I really want tender beef.

    Thanks again, keep the tips coming. Can you smell it cooking, yummmmmmmmmm
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i like using a good teriyaki sauce for marinade too. especially chicken. same thing, SOAK those meats in it and marinate 12-24 hours in fridge. YUMMY. and easy!
  10. by   nowplayingEDRN
    Originally posted by NRSKarenRN
    For the budget minded:

    Wipe wth meat with damp paper towel, place meat in covered tuperware container or oblong pyrex type caserole dish. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar over top, sprinkle Mrs Dash or fresh graound pepper on top. Flip meat over and repeat other side. Cover and refrigerate for at least one hour, 4 hrs if really tough. (Could also place in large ziptop bag). I will add on occasion 1/2 Italian Bottled dressing from dollar type store (save the good stuff for salad). P.S. Do not add salt as makes meat tough.

    To tenderize pork and enhance flavor, mix 1 cup dark brown sugar , 1 tbsp Gulden's mustard with 1 cup of hot water in large zip top bag--add your pork chops or roast then add another 2 cups hot water or until bag full; remove excess air and sit in refrig for at least two hours.
    Cook meat as desired. YUMMY
    Well, I have to tell ya....the dollar type dressings (caines and ken's steak house..make some excellent dressings that I would be pleased to serve on my salads but I agree....but if you go budget dressing...you want to make sure it tastes good or your meat won't taste good either. The idea of brown sugar, mustard and water sounds yummy though.

    Funny how every one loves to marinade with Italian dressing and prefers to let the meat marinade for at least 4 hours or over night! :chuckle

    MArinading with Teriyaki sauce is a good idea too. Lawery's makes some excellent bottled marinades.....from citrus, to garlicy to asian......wonderful and reasonably priced.

    If you can find Speidie's sauce in y our grocery, that is another excellent marinade, too.

    Happy grilling and let us know how things turned out .
  11. by   prmenrs
    I tried Untamed's recipe last night for chicken--it was GOOD! Thanks.

    Will try Karen's pork chop one tomorrow---

    I do teriyaki all the time--one of my favorite chicken 'things' is to take boneless/skinless, still frozen, put them in a baking dish, cover w/ either BBQ or teri glaze, into a 400 degree oven x ~ 45 mins-an hour, viola, dinner. Plenty of time to make veggies, salad, rice, pour a glass of wine.....
  12. by   passing thru
    Did you all know the large -large bottles of vinegar at the grocery store is vinegar made from refined crude oil? (Think gasoline & kerosene.)

    I read this in a Heloise column. She wrote that those vinegars are not fit for human consumption, and are for cleaning, e.g., windows and coffee pots. Although , it does not tell you on the label.
    She said always look for cider, rice, or wine vinegars.

    Sounds strange, I know, but it was right there in the newspaper.
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    oh, good grief. So, you are saying, we can't even trust SALAD dressing? wonderful......somehow this really does not surprise me anyhow.....

    now any more good marinade ideas, now that I just filled up in crude oil yesterday? I am game....
  14. by   BadBird
    Well I just grilled my marinated sirloin, it was very chewy but had a nice flavor, I still need a tenderizer or a better cut of meat next time. Of course my doggies loved it, LOL. My son eats anything and he liked it but I think I will pay a little more for a better cut of meat next time.

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