While most cuts taste great with just a pinch of salt and pepper, the chance to boost flavor with a host of savory marinades or rubs invites exploration and takes your beef to new flavor heights. Use our marinade and rub tips to help take your beef to another level.
There are two reasons you might want to use a marinade: to help add flavor or to tenderize. While the two different types of marinades may contain similar ingredients, the key is the length of marinating time. If you’re just looking to add flavor, you only need to marinate for 15 minutes to 2 hours. If you’re looking to tenderize cuts, you’ll want to marinate for 6 to 24 hours.
Rubs are seasoning blends applied to the surface of roasts, steaks and burgers. These quick mixtures add flavor to beef, but do not tenderize.