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My Best Meat Marinade, absolutely delicious

My best meat marinade is not only delicious but it tenderizes tough cuts of meat. I use this also on chicken and pork, making it the universal meat marinade.

You are going to love my best meat marinade. Simple using pantry staples for a quick and easy way to add a punch of flavor to your meats. 

tri top roast on grill and on plate with vegetables, text overlay, Delicious Meat Marinade, Flower Patch Farmhouse

My best meat marinade will rock your meat!

I have tried many marinades in my 40+ years of cooking and we always come back to this one.  Experimenting for different flavors is something I love to do and yet this is my tried and true favorite. This recipe, a variant of one my cousin sent me and it was used on elk steaks in her household to flavor and tenderize them.  



Why marinade your meat?

Just as I said, to make your meat tender and even more delicious.  There are inexpensive cuts of beef and other meats that benefit from marinading. Tri-tip roast, top sirloin steaks and even chicken breast that can become dry and tough in cooking.  Marinading is the ticket to making these cuts tender and juicy. 

What is in the marinade and why does it help? 

The acidic ingredients is what helps to break down what causes meat to be on the tougher side and the oil helps seal in juices and retaining moistness. Who wants a dry piece of meat?  Some dispute the oil helping to retain moistness in meats but I have found it held true in my cooking experimentation with marinades. 

Of course the herbs and spices add flavor punch that takes the delicious meat up a notch no matter how you cook it. 

My Best Meat Marinade, absolutely delicious

A universal meat marinade the helps tenderize tough cuts for juicy results.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1/4 cup oil (I use avocado oil but you can use what you cook with)
  • 1 teaspoon Celery Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar (you can use lemon juice too)
  • 2 Tablespoons Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onions
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (or garlic powder)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


Place and mix all ingredients into a gallon size resealable zip lock bag or dish suitable for you cut of meat. Place meat in marinade and coat thoroughly.

Let sit in marinade in refrigerator for at least 8 hours (I prefer 12 to 24 hours) Turn meat over in bag or dish repeatedly throughout the marinating time to make sure it marinates evenly.


You can substitute fresh garlic and onions if you prefer. We grill our meat and pour the extra marinade on when we toss the meat on the bbq.

I sometimes place the dry ingredients directly on the meat then submerge into the liquids and other times I mix all the ingredients together and then toss in the meat.  It is faster and easier to just mix the ingredients together before adding the meat.  

Next up I will share how we bbq our tri tip roasts for a fabulous result!

grilled tri tip roast on cutting mat, text overlay, the best, most delicious meat marinade, Flower Patch Farmhouse

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Be sure to PIN and save this recipe for later!

Happy Grilling! 



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Sandy Eigler

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Thanks so much for the awesome sounding marinade Pamela! We used to get the bottled Diana's marinade but the one we like they don't make anymore so I told my husband I will have to search for one!! I just found it!! It would likely be good with some smoke flavouring in it too I'm thinking. Love smoke flavour!!


Tuesday 4th of June 2019

We get the smoke flavor from the bbq, we toss some smoking wood chunks on the briquettes and it adds that wonderful smokiness. I think adding the liquid smoke is a great idea if you are going to roast the meat in the oven. I will have to write that on my recipe to remind myself.

Barbara Chapman

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

I'll have to try this marinade soon, Pamela! Your dinner looks delicious and as it is lunchtime, it's making me hungry, Lol!!!

Happy grilling! Pinned, of course, Barb :)


Monday 3rd of June 2019

Well this looks absolutely delicious! I say bring on grilling and bring on summer! Can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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