The Weidner Steak Marinade


The doorbell rings. The sun has set. I’m in egg nog-stained yoga pants and my sock bun doth saggeth. Gripping the 14 heart attacks scrambling to escape my chest bone, I walk over to the kitchen window and peek out to see a UPS truck zipping away, leaving me with a gigantic cardboard box at the front step.

“Do whaaaat?”

I drag the box in. It’s COLD. I look at the side, “Omaha Steaks.”

“Say whaaaat?”

Right then my phone buzzes, alerting me of a text. It’s from my mother-in-law. “MERRY CHRISTMAS! I GOT YOU STEAKS! AND CHICKEN! AND PORK! AND THERE’S A KNIFE SET IN THERE!”

“What whaaaaat?”

She wasn’t lying. We had just been delivered a metric tone of frozen meat, saving me approximately $6,294 dollars at the grocery store.

Once the news hit Aaron’s eardrum frequencies, I had quite the hot mess on my hands.


Um, wipe the foam away from your mouth, dude. You look like you might kill someone.

Now, I realize marinades are a sacred and precious creation to each MARINATOR (oh! – Martha Stewart superhero movie? PATENT PENDING) but I’m so in love with ours that I might lose a limb if I don’t show you. It’s zingy. It’s spicy. You’re going to want to stick a straw in it and be alone for a while.

Oh, and p.s. When the clear package says, “DRY ICE. DO NOT TOUCH.” ….Don’t touch it.

The Weidner Steak Marinade:

(Can anyone teach me how to put little fonts over the ingredients?)

See that manly hand right there? Not mine, folks.

This is the part where I subliminally ask you to “like” me on the Facebooks. See how I did that? You didn’t even see it coming.

What goes into your marinade? Booze? Gold? Lottery Tickets? I need to know.

What it takes for 1 cup:

* 3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
* 2 Tbs. soy sauce
* 2 Tbs. worcestershire sauce
* 2 Tbs. honey
* 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
* 2 Tbs. freshly minced ginger
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1 pinch crushed red pepper
* 1/2 tsp coffee grounds

In a small bowl, whisk all of the ingredients until combined.

Place steaks into a sealable plastic bag and pour the marinade into the bag.

Seal and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours.

Grill steaks on medium high to your desired doneness. We like medium rare, which is about 4 minutes per side.

Serve steaks with beans and potatoes, or whatever your face craves.

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70 Responses to The Weidner Steak Marinade

  1. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm #
    I dont eat meat but I do love sauces and marinades. And for a second I thought that hunk 'o ginger was a big white conch shell. I posted some smoothie pics with a big shell the other and was like oh she used a shell, too. Til I realized that's enough ginger to keep your sinuses clear til 2087. :)
    • John July 19, 2019 at 1:22 am #
      If you have an iPhone, look up This by Tinrocket in the app store. It's how I put labels on my photos.
  2. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen December 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm #
    Um, if you learn the ingredient overlay tell. I'm sure it's some sort of program I don't have but the only thing I can think of how to do it is to insert the picture to powerpoint. Put text boxes over it in ppt and then take a screen shot and reupload to your post. I'm pretty sure there's got to be an easier way though. On the marinade...swear to God, I use almost the exact same ingredients minus the coffee grounds. I have a sick obsession with ginger, to the point that it's my dog's name.
  3. Julie @ Table for Two December 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm #
    holy crap. that steak looks divine. can you freeze that and ship to me? kthx. also, if you have photoshop, you can use the text tool and put it on your images and then resave as a jpg. if you don't have photoshop, you can just open up the picture in MS paint or if you have a mac, i think they usually come with a free trial of adobe photoshop elements..ORRRRR this is probably your best bet:
  4. DessertForTwo December 12, 2011 at 2:46 pm #
    OOoh love your marinade! Font on can do it in Picnik and Photoshop. Just google 'how do I add text to photos in x program' Goooood luck :)
  5. Lisa [With Style and Grace] December 12, 2011 at 3:37 pm #
    I don't eat steak, but damn, that's a beautiful piece of meat. Nice work.
  6. Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray December 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm #
    I don't know about some of these crazy people above me, but I EAT STEAK. And I LOVE steak. And this marinade looks amazing!
  7. Chris December 12, 2011 at 4:10 pm #
    Explore the wonders of fish sauce. Yes, really. Don't be askeered.
  8. Lauren December 12, 2011 at 4:21 pm #
    I love a good steak!
  9. Katie December 12, 2011 at 5:02 pm #
    That is the best gift EVER. My husband would have passed out on the spot...while foaming at the mouth. Also, I'd like to drink that marinade.
  10. Laurie Ann December 12, 2011 at 5:16 pm #
    I'm going to make your marinade this week -- it looks divine. I use Picasa for photo text -- it's a web based photo organizer/enhancement tool by Google.
  11. Em (Wine and Butter) December 12, 2011 at 5:36 pm #
    You know what - I've never marinated steak - only salmon and chicken and pulled pork (does ketchup count as a marinade?!?!). ANYWAYS - its totally time to start right - shall I try your recipe first?????
  12. Cooks_Books December 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm #
    It's 11:00 a.m., and I am officially craving steak!
  13. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum December 12, 2011 at 6:12 pm #
    Steak, for me, is all about the sauce. And yours looks saucy.
  14. Deborah December 12, 2011 at 7:09 pm #
    Best. Christmas. Present. Ever.
  15. motherinlaw December 12, 2011 at 7:40 pm #
    It's nice to know you can get it right every once in a while! Marinade made that steak look even better!!
  16. Cassie December 12, 2011 at 7:52 pm #
    What an amazing gift. My mouth is literally watering at the sight of this. YUM.
  17. Esther Fox December 12, 2011 at 7:58 pm #
    I am always looking for a good steak marinade! So I am going to save this one and try it the next time I make them. That steak looks delicious. I've always been curious about Omaha Steaks and their quality...
    • Steve Horan August 12, 2018 at 4:18 pm #
      Esther Fox, Omaha steaks are the best steaks that you can buy if they are being shipped! Hands down! You will have to shop hard to find meat like that locally around the nation. JS
  18. wintkat December 12, 2011 at 9:13 pm #
    looks great this is one I'll definitely try and soon I love recipes that I always have the ingredients on hand
  19. JulieJ December 12, 2011 at 9:44 pm #
  20. nicole {sweet peony} December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm #
    slurpppp. that marinade looks uhh-mazing.
  21. Kristy @ Sweet Treats & More December 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm #
    Ummm this looks amazing! What I'd do for a bite of that steak right now!
  22. Kiara Sexton December 13, 2011 at 1:14 am #
    These are marinating in my fridge right now.... I will let you know how they turn out
    • Bev Weidner December 13, 2011 at 1:16 am #
      Oh awesome! Please do!
  23. Chels R. December 13, 2011 at 1:17 am #
    You are one lucky girl! I had a guy come to my door one freezing Fall evening trying to sell me all of those meats and I almost had a canipition fit when I found out how much it was. INSANITY! Can I trade places with you for one dinner meal, perrty please? Marinade look delish btw- I will be making this for the hubs very soon :) P.S. I like you on FB :)
  24. Pretty. Good. Food. December 13, 2011 at 1:40 am #
    Yum yum yum!
  25. Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen December 13, 2011 at 2:24 am #
    What an awesome present! I wish someone would send me a huge box of steaks!
  26. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain December 13, 2011 at 5:38 am #
    Omaha steaks are AH-mazing! What a great gift for a foodie! I use Picasa for fonts on photos and for making pic collages. It's quick and easy.
  27. Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 13, 2011 at 5:44 am #
    I would score major brownie points with my hubby if I made this for him. He is a total steak and potato man. If he saw the stunning pictures of this steak he would be grabbing my laptop to stare at this and drool for sure!
    • Nick December 15, 2020 at 10:22 am #
      This truly is a fantastic marinade. I marinated a flank steak for eight hours then grilled it on my Weber and it was sooooo good.
  28. brandi December 13, 2011 at 3:17 pm #
    omg, please just come to my house already so we can sit around and cook and cry because we're laughing so hard. i can't take it! you crack me up.
    • Bev Weidner December 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm #
      I could NOT agree more!
  29. Deanna B. December 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm #
    My standard marinade is very similar to yours actually. I usually add pepper (either red or black) to it. My favorite marinade at the moment is balsamic vinegar, honey, olive oil, rosemary, red pepper, and garlic. I think it works especially well on cheap cuts like flank steak. Have you tried salting your steak? Its my dad's go to method.
  30. Tori December 15, 2011 at 2:55 pm #
    I love fresh ginger in anything. In fact last night I think I used about a quarter-pound of it for dinner. My life would not be complete without it. I may try this marinade someday if I ever get over my hatred/revulsion of touching raw meat.
  31. Kiara December 20, 2011 at 1:43 am #
    Recipe approved - made last week and it was delicious. I make a similar marinade but never thought of the coffee grinds... so right! And so unexpected.
  32. Helene Innerst December 20, 2011 at 3:42 pm #
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  33. Kate December 23, 2011 at 2:42 am #
    Upload your photo to - there is a 'text' feature that allows you to write over your pic in different fonts. And it's free.
  34. Jim Johnson August 16, 2012 at 8:37 am #
    About the coffee groungs, are you talking about fresh or used grounds, that is, are the grounds taken from the the filter after the coffee has been made??
    • Bev Weidner August 17, 2012 at 7:23 am #
      Hi, Jim! Ya know, I had fresh grounds in mind. But shoot, I bet used would be juuust as good!
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  36. Kiara July 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm #
    Made this again tonight. Honestly so freaking good.
  37. Gabriela August 30, 2013 at 1:34 pm #
    Your marinade sounds delish! However I don't like coffee and I don't know if it tastes anything like it. Hubby would totally love it so I will try it. I see you have been getting some forms of writing names over the ingredients, my method is easy and you won't have to download any program every computer comes equip with it. click on your photo that you want to add words over and move your mouse over "open with" and click paint. The paint program will have your picture you will just have to click on the little icon that has an "A" and drag a text box. (note: when you click the "A" another little box will appear and you will have the option to have a white back round or a clear back round, you most-likely want clear) if any of this is un-clear e-mail me back and I will send you detailed pictures.
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  39. Jamie March 4, 2014 at 7:05 pm #
    What a blessing. Mom-n-laws are great! I happen not to be so blessed as to have Omaha knocking on my door. But I do have Kentucky. So I'm cruisin thru pintrest lookin for dinner ideas. You guessed it I slathered this marinade all over that bird. My only alteration was to use a 1/4c of coffee(I put coffee in everything) instead of grounds so it would cover the chicken. Refrigerated for 30min while I prepared the rest of the meal. All I did was pan sear it in evoo. Done. Moist and so so yummy. My boys never really comment on food. If they REALLY like it they fight over each others plate's. They fought and told me to make it again. Thanks Bev for the great recipe and making me look good for my guys.
  40. Debora Cadene April 4, 2014 at 10:02 am #
    I think I just drooled. I am wondering about the coffee grinds. Are you using coffee grinds for drip, or instant? What happens to the grinds once the meat has sat in it for 24 hours? Do you rinse, or just fire up the grill and let em rock? thanks bunches, Debbie.
  41. Hildegard August 9, 2014 at 8:20 pm #
    Appreciation to my father who told me on the topic of this web site, this blog is truly awesome.
  42. Anonymous May 1, 2015 at 11:49 am #
    This is looking great. Sure ill try it soon. Cheers
  43. Jeremy O. June 12, 2015 at 6:22 pm #
    Just made this for my family tonight. Used Chuck steak (cheap but good) and marinaded this for 2 hours. I used 1 tsp of red pepper flakes instead of a pinch and I could have used more... but.. this was the best marinade we have ever had and I COOK ALOT!!! Recommended to everyone!!!! Loved it!!!
  44. MissyLee April 27, 2016 at 9:58 am #
    Okay it's 930 in the am and I want steak lol. I wanted to try something new so I go to Pinterest and I find this lovely recipe. of course my not so smart phone blinks out and I cannot find the recipe. after searching for 30 minutes I find it again I snapshot it 6 times and save it to my phone. Not many people know the joy of a box of meat. Thank you for this recipe. One question what do the coffee grounds do to the meat in can you taste it when you cook it?
  45. Reg December 30, 2016 at 7:54 pm #
    Excellent marinade using 1/2 of the honey as my spouse is diabetic.
  46. Irene Hufford November 15, 2017 at 11:34 pm #
    Enjoyed the marinade post. Will use this next week. Look forward to following your posts.
  47. Janet Leahy February 8, 2018 at 12:02 am #
    I made this minus the coffee and red pepper. It was awesome!
  48. Lamb July 20, 2018 at 5:53 pm #
    And they’re in their marinade. Smells like goodness! :)
  49. Susan omotta August 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm #
    This marinade is amazing the only one I will use!❤
  50. Steve Horan August 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm #
    Bev Weidner, I am marinating some charcoal arm cuts right now in your recipe. I tweaked it by using way less ginger since it is such a pungent spice. I also used a little chili powder instead of coffee grounds. Thanks for your recipe! Oh, I also used plain yellow mustard because I am not a fan of Dijon.
  51. Tiff’s Twisted Kitchen December 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm #
    Loved It! I was looking for a change from our norm of store bought marinade with Montreal Seasoning. I doubled the marinade and poured over 3 Ribeyes and let them marinate a few hours. This marinade had everything: The hint of sweet, a little brightness, and the bit of depth. This was wonderful on my favorite Ribeye, but I wouldn’t hesitate to use on a Chuck Steak or a Tri Tip cut
  52. Tonia January 18, 2019 at 1:15 am #
    Dumb question! For the coffee grounds in the recipe are these dry out of the bag or wet out of the filter?
    • Bev Weidner January 18, 2019 at 6:06 am #
      Not dumb at all! They're used grounds, wet and straight from the filter! Hope you enjoy. :)
  53. Anonymous June 2, 2019 at 4:07 pm #
    Made this today with thick london broil, marinated overnite and cooked on the grill it was delicious.
  54. Jayme October 13, 2019 at 9:39 am #
    Do the coffee grounds leave a coffee taste at all? I love coffee but my husband does not and I don't want to have any sort of coffee taste to the meat!!
    • Nick July 5, 2020 at 2:31 am #
      I used your marinade, with the exception of the coffee, on a flank steak. I marinated it for 24 hours and the pulled from refrigerator to come up to room temperature. Cooked it on my Weber charcoal grill and it was phenomenal. My wife said it was the best she's ever eaten.


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