Our Favorite Steak Marinade

We know you’ll love Our Favorite Steak Marinade as much as we do! Let your steak marinade overnight for the most amazing flavor ever!

If you love steak recipes, try our Fiesta Steak Tips or our French Dressing Steak! Need something fancier? try this Strip Steak with Onion Sauce, it’s unbelievable!

Our Favorite Steak Marinade is a marinade recipe used on steak

Why We Love This Steak Marinade

Now just because this is Our Favorite Steak Marinade, doesn’t mean you can use it on other things, too. This could be called a multi purpose steak marinade, really. Which is why we think it makes it the best steak marinade…because it can be used for so many other recipes too!

Definitely use this marinade on chicken, chicken breast or chicken thighs. Sometimes we even use it on a turkey breast too, so basically any poultry.

Pork, you ask? Yep, that too. Next time you go to make pulled pork throw this marinade in the crock pot with your pork butt and let the magic happen!

Our Favorite Steak Marinade is a marinade recipe for steak, chicken and more!

Why Is This The Best Steak Marinade?

A couple of reasons. One, just because it’s so darn good. But there is some science behind this marinade recipe too! The ketchup is acidic, so it breaks down the meat and tenderizes it, making a tougher cut of meat super tender once it comes off the grill.

The oil in this marinade recipe does a job, too. It helps to “stick” the flavor elements to the surface of the meat, so when you take a bite you get all the flavor hitting your mouth at the same time.

It’s perfection.

And the whiskey? well, not only does it add amazing flavor to your steak but it does help to tenderize the meat too. So the whiskey, the olive oil and the ketchup are all making this steak recipe the most tender it can be.

Our Favorite Steak Marinade is a marinade recipe the works for steak, chicken or pork

How long Do I Have To Marinate My Steak?

Truth is, the longer the better.

There are some marinades that soak up the flavor very quickly, but this isn’t one of them. A thinner, more liquid marinade like teriyaki sauce, for instance, is going to soak into your meat a lot quicker than a thicker marinade recipe like this one.

Just a little patience is all you need – you’re going to love the end result.

So the answer? 24 hours. Yep, let it go overnight for the best flavor. If you marinate your steak first thing in the morning and plan on grilling it for dinner, that will be fine. Your steak will definitely have a great flavor and be SUPER tender, just look at that…

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak with a slice on a fork

Because we make this grilled steak recipe so often, we’ve found that basically the longer it marinates, the more tender the steak is and the better the flavor is going to be once it hits the grill.

Obviously we used a flank steak for this recipe but other cuts of beef work with this steak marinade too! Try a skirt steak, a sirloin (usually a really tough cut of meat, but try it with this marinade!) a tri-tip is AWESOME in this marinade, even a brisket.

When you go to cook your steak (or whatever meat you might be using) you’re going to wipe off most of the marinade and discard it. Don’t wipe the steak clean, you definitely want some of the marinade coating the meat so it caramelizes on the grill as it cooks.

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak on the grill cooking

What Are Some Side Dishes That Go With Steak?

Let’s get into it. Side dishes with steak are some of my favorite types of sides!

Our Favorite Steak Marinade is a steak marinade using ketchup and whiskey

Also make sure and try this steak marinade on other types of meats that you’re going to throw on the grill too, or in a crock pot with pork!


Yield: 2 cups

Our Favorite Steak Marinade

Our Favorite Steak Marinade

This whiskey steak marinade can be used on chicken, turkey and pork too! The longer you let this marinade recipe work on the meat the better!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces of your favorite whiskey or bourbon


Add all the ingredients to a container or small bowl. Whisk to combine, pour over your meat and marinade for 24 hours.

You can make this marinade ahead of time and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.


The nutrition information is for all of the marinade, but most of the marinade will be discarded before you cook your meat.

Nutrition Information:


2 cups

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 448 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 11g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 2678mg Carbohydrates: 56g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 40g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 4g
This nutritional information is for informational purposes only. As I am not a nutritionist, this information is provided only as a courtesy.

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