Marinades and rubs can easily be used to build dynamic flavor in your next beef meal. Create zest and tenderize a tougher cut with a marinade or choose a rub to seal in the juice and form a delicious crust on your roast or steak.
A marinade is a mixture of seasonings and liquid ingredients that add flavor to beef, and may even help tenderize depending on the ingredients.
In general, steak cuts from the chuck, round, flank and skirt are excellent candidates for a tenderizing marinade. To make such a mixture, you’ll need acidic ingredients (lemon or lime juice, vinegar or wine) or a natural tenderizing enzyme (found in fresh ginger, pineapple, papaya, kiwi and figs.) These ingredients will not only make the beef more tender, but will also add interesting flavors.
Helpful hints for making marinades:
A rub is a mixture of seasonings rubbed onto the surface of meat before cooking. They are commonly used on roasts, steaks and ground beef. Rubs not only add flavor, but they can also help seal in juices and form a delicious crust. Rubs will not tenderize your beef.