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Easy Beer Marinade

A flavorful beer marinade using a pale ale and a mixture of savory and sweet ingredients to create a delicious beef marinade that’s perfect for grilling!

Summer grilling is in full swing, so it’s time to break out your favorite marinades. From beef to veggies, we all have have one that we love.

For today, Kim and I are sharing our favorite beer marinade for beef. Notice, I said beef. I wouldn’t use it for chicken, fish, or vegetables.

If you need a marinade for chicken or vegetables, then I recommend using our homemade Italian dressing recipe for that purpose. This marinade would be great on our flat iron steak, though.

A sliced steak served on a plate with broccoli.
Roasted broccoli is a nice side dish to serve with a steak.

How to make a beer marinade:

First, grab a medium mixing bowl or large measuring cup.

After that, add in the beer, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, Dijon mustard, ketchup, and Worcestershire sauce.

Pale ale and other ingredients in a large measuring cup.
All you need is a whisk to combine everything.

Then, use a whisk to mix all the ingredients. Now, pour the beer marinade over your choice of beef.

Place the meat into the fridge and let it marinate for at least 30 minutes. However, I wouldn’t let anything marinate for more than 2-hours.

Two steaks marinated in a baking dish.
Let the meat marinate for at least 30 minutes in your fridge.

Last, remove the roast or steak from the fridge and grill it to your desired doneness.

That’s it, your beef beer marinade is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy this condiment and wish you all the best 🙂

The grilled steak on plate with veggies.
As you can see, letting meat rest creates a juicy cut of steak!

Should you marinade steak?

If you want to add a ton of flavor to any cut of meat, then you should marinate it. Furthermore, marinated meat is tenderized through the use of vinegar(s).

How do you marinate meat quickly?

The only thing I’m aware of is to refrigerate it and allow the meat to marinate for at least 30-minutes. With that being said, there might be other ways.
An aerial view of the sliced grilled steak.
From filets to sirloin, this marinade is great for flavoring steaks.

Other homemade sauces and marinades you may enjoy:

Don’t forget to check out our Beer Marinade web story!

An aerial view of the sliced grilled steak.

Beef Beer Marinade

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chilling Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


  • 12 ounces beer (We used a pale ale.)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard or spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Place all ingredients in a medium bowl or large measuring cup, and whisk to combine. Pour over the steak, cover, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes up to 2 hours.
    12 ounces beer
    1/4 cup soy sauce
    1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
    2 tablespoons ketchup
    1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • When you’re ready to cook the steak, heat a pan, grill, or griddle, and place the steak on the hot surface. Discard the remaining marinade. Cook the steak and enjoy!


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual calories will vary.
*You can make the marinade up to 3-days in advance. Store it in a sealed container, in your fridge, until ready for use.


Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 0.3g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Sodium: 1024mg | Potassium: 149mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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