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Best Beef Marinade

The Best Beef Marinade that is packed with flavor for grilling steaks or roast beef. It is super simple to make and uses pantry ingredients that you most likely have on hand. Add this easy marinade to your grilling menu!

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This marinade helps to tenderize the meat and keep it moist while grilling and you are sure to love the amazing flavor it gives roast beef or any cut of steak. 

Sliced roast beef on a flour tortilla topped with pico de gallo


Best Beef Marinade collage with sliced beef and bowl of marinade

Ingredients for the Best Beef Marinade

  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Brown Sugar
  • Granulated Garlic
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Coarse Ground Black Pepper
  • Dried Onion Flakes
  • Dried Basil
  • Dry Mustard
  • Kosher Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes

Best Beef Marinade in a bowl - overhead shot

How to Make the Best Beef Marinade

  • Mix marinade ingredients together in a bowl until sugar is dissolved.
  • Pour over beef and marinate for 4- 8 hours. 
  • Marinade can be made a day in advance and kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator. 

How to marinate roast beef

How to Marinate Roast Beef

  • Place roast in a zip top bag or casserole dish. Pour marinade over beef.
  • Use a fork or knife and pierce the roast all over, forcing the marinade down into the meat.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4 – 8 hours. Marinated Roast Beef in a white oval bowl
  • Remove marinated roast from refrigerator to come to room temperature about an hour before grilling. 

The same method will also work for any cut of steak.

step by step photos grilling roast beef and resting on a pan

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How to Grill Marinated Roast Beef

  • Prepare a grill fire to about 300° with hickory wood for smoke flavor. 
  • Place Roast over indirect fire and cook with the lid closed for 1 hour. 
  • Use a digital thermometer to check the internal temperature of the roast and cook to desired doneness with the lid closed. 


  • Rare:  130°
  • Medium Rare: 140°
  • Medium: 155°
  • Well Done: 165°

Remove roast beef from the grill about 5 degrees before desired doneness and temperature will come up as it rests. We cooked our roast to about 140° and it took about an hour. The grill temperature stayed between 250- 300°. 

Sliced Roast Beef on a cutting board with a knife
  • Allow roast to rest about 10- 15 minutes before slicing. 
Thin sliced roast beef on a tortilla with pico de gallo

This marinated and grilled roast beef is delicious to slice and serve or for sandwiches or tacos topped with pico de gallo

The flavor combination of the marinade along with the hickory smoke made this one of the very best roast beef recipes that we’ve ever tasted. 

How to Store and Reheat

Store grilled roast beef in an airtight container for up to 4 days in the refrigerator. 

To reheat, place in a skillet with about 2 tablespoons of water or beef broth. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

Delicious Roast Beef Recipes

Delicious grilled roast beef recipes. Out tried and true favorites to make flavorful meal that the whole family will enjoy.

Marinated and grilled roast beef makes a great dinner for any night of the week. It’s also a great to make ahead for sandwiches and wraps for a quick and easy lunch.

Roast beef is so versatile, making it one of my favorite meal prep recipes. Pair it with mashed potatoes or make it into cheesy beef rigatoni. It also makes amazing tacos!


Sliced roast beef that has been marinated and grilled
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Best Beef Marinade

The Best Beef Marinade that is packed with flavor for grilling steaks or roast beef. It is super simple to make and uses pantry ingredients that you most likely have on hand. Add this easy marinade to your grilling menu!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour
Additional Time4 hours
Total Time5 hours 5 minutes
Course: Beef
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best roast beef marinade, best steak marinade, easy marinade
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 491kcal
Author: Milisa


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • cup soy sauce
  • cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon dried onion flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 pound roast beef


  • In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, soy sauce, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar.
  • Whisk in granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, dried onion flakes, basil, dry mustard, salt and red pepper flakes.
  • Store in an airtight container until ready to use. Can be made a day in advance.
  • Pour marinade over roast in a baking dish.
  • Pierce roast with a fork or knife all over, pushing the marinade down into the meat.
  • Cover and refrigerate 4- 8 hours.
  • Remove from refrigerator one hour before grilling.
  • Heat grill to 300° with hickory for smoke flavor.
  • Cook roast over indirect heat with the lid closed for one hour.
  • Check internal temperature with a digital thermometer and continue to cook until desired doneness.



  • Rare:  130°
  • Medium Rare: 140°
  • Medium: 155°
  • Well Done: 165°


Serving: 1g | Calories: 491kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 20g | Cholesterol: 116mg | Sodium: 3179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g

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  1. Your marinade was amazing!!! My husband loved it even after he looked at the ingredients and said “you’re not putting all that stuff in it are you?” Thank you so much for sharing. I will follow your site!

  2. Amazing, followed marinade and let baron of beef 6 pounds over night. Put on spit with apple, hickory and mesquite chips for smoke. Sprinkled some “Killer Hog : The BBQ Rub” before cooking and it turned out amazing! Best marinade I have found to date! Thanks so much.

  3. OMG!!! This is soooo good! Best way we’ve grilled a beef roast EVER!! And we ALL love it! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I plan on using this recipe for marinade and am looking forward to the results!
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