The Secret Sauce

Okay y’all. I’m finally going to break my silence and give you the BEST meat marinade that I have been using for the past 16+ years. This works best on cuts of meat like London Broil, flank, skirt, or flat iron steak, which all get a bad rap for being tough, but with this marinade, it will melt in your mouth.

Confession…I only learned to cook to impress my then boyfriend, now husband. The first meal I ever cooked for him was steak kabobs and rice. He comments to this day that the steak was over cooked and the rice was crunchy. It was then that I decided it was time to learn, so I religiously watched Rachael Ray and Alton Brown, hoping their skill would rub off on me and I could learn to cook more than boxed macaroni & cheese and Steak-Ums (which are delicious for the record).

My family loved London Broil, and on a trip where my parents and his parents were going to be together, I had to shine! I found this marinade online from Chef Sara Moulton, tried it out on the families, and got rave reviews. I have been using it, with a few modifications, ever since. I’m convinced it was this marinade that finally made him propose.

4 cloves minced garlic
4 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP fresh lemon juice
3 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 1/2 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
1 TBSP soy sauce
3 tsp dried Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2/3 cup olive oil (canola also works)

Mix marinade ingredients together in a large zip loc bag.  Add the meat. Seal bag (press out extra air) and set in a shallow dish.  Let set 8 hours or over night.
Remove meat and discard marinade.
Preheat grill and grill meat, turning each side once (9-10 minutes on each side), or until it reaches 125-130 degrees (medium-rare).
Remove from grill and let rest on cutting board 10 minutes, tented with aluminum foil.  Slice VERY thin against the grain with a sharp knife.

Like I said, I use this on all types of beef. It can marinate overnight or just a couple of hours, depending on how much time you have. It hasn’t failed me yet (even my picky son loves it) and I know it won’t fail you either. I can’t wait for you to try it and let me know what you think!

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