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Best Steak Marinade. Ever.

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Weekends are for my long runs, car shows/family activities, watch professional sports on TV and grilling. This is our recipe for a great weekend. The only thing that can stop us is heavy rain in the summer.

Our routine goes something like this. Every Friday night after my husband has decompressed from work, we start tossing around ideas for the weekend meals.

Do you want chicken?

What about a pork?, he usually ask us.

Hey, I checked and steak is on sale this weekend!, I reply some times.

Then the “negotiations” begin to decide our menu. This particular Friday, I told him I wanted to make a spicy marinade for steak. He loves hot sauces and I’m getting warmed up to them. (No pun intended!)


I think when I said the magic words, “Let’s use El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce!”, (of course) he jumped all over the idea. Saturday, right after my 6 mile run we went to Walmart to get the El Yucateco sauces, which you can find on the Hispanic foods aisle, and the rest of the ingredients. Although my personal favorite is the one used for this steak marinade, you can also get: El Yucateco Jalapeña Hot Sauce, El Yucateco XXX Habanero Hot Sauce (Kutbilik), El Yucateco Red Habanero Hot Sauce, El Yucateco Caribbean Hot Sauce and my husband’s favorite, El Yucateco Green Habanero Hot Sauce.


We found the most gorgeous piece of flat iron! Using the El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce gives the marinade depth with the fire roasted habaneros. Plus, it’s heat will not overpower the marinade. We are all about easy so this is a 5 ingredient steak marinade!


And this is my secret to be in and out of the kitchen in no time… mix everything in the plastic bag.


After a few hours it’s when the real fun begins! Gotta try that steak marinade, right!

Light the charcoal and let it get ready (we usually give it about 15 minutes.) Hubby is from the school of grilling on indirect heat so we use a little smoker box. We used mesquite chips this time. We like our steak medium so that takes about 30-40 minutes.


Now, don’t discard the marinade… Let’s transform it into the best spicy + smoky steak sauce. Pour the unused steak marinade in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Once, you have a rolling boil going, put the lid on and let it reduce for 10 minutes.


My husband raved about the sauce. It was such a hit that when he left for work, he took my El Yucateco hot sauces with him to give it to a friend of his that lives in Canada! Not to worry, you too have an opportunity to try El Yucateco with this fantastic giveaway:

El Yucateco Grilling

It's grilling season! This is the best steak marinade recipe we have prepared. It goes from marinade to steak sauce and has great depth in flavor. Great for your summer beef meal!

Best Steak Marinade. Ever.
Prep time:
Total time:
  • 1 lb flat iron steak
  • 5.5 oz – 6 oz Merlot {I used the one glass of wine bottle}
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 3 tablespoons El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  1. Add all the wet ingredients and the garlic in a gallon sized resealable plastic bag and whisk together.
  2. Put the steak in the bag and close the bag as airtight as possible.
  3. Refrigerate for a minimum of at least 2 hours. {I recommend 4-6 hours.}


Hope you enjoy this spicy steak marinade!

Do you have a favorite marinade? Do you like hot sauce? What about grilling?



  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    June 25, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    That sounds soooo good. I love marinading my meat – it tastes so good & makes the meat so tender.

  2. Shop with Me Mama (Kim)

    June 25, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Oh my goodness, this sounds so good! I love a good marinade on my steaks!

  3. Jeannette

    June 25, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Wow – that marinade looks amazing and we’re always looking for ways to add more flavor to our steak! I can’t wait to give this a try!

  4. Liz Mays

    June 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Oh yum. I’m a big fan of spicy marinades. I’d love to experiment with a few of those sauces on the grill.

  5. Karen Coutu

    June 25, 2015 at 9:20 pm

    That marinade recipe sounds super-easy to make. I bet my husband would be all over this idea for grilling steaks this summer! #client

  6. Nolie

    June 25, 2015 at 9:26 pm

    OH man. I really hope my husband gets that BBQ cleaned soon. I LOVE steak on the BBQ in the summer with the perfect marinade.

  7. Ashley - Embracing Homemaking

    June 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Yum! That looks absolutely amazing! I love a good steak!

  8. Crystal

    June 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm

    My husband whipped up some amazing BBQ sauce this week. He’s been on a roll recently, so I’ll have to share this marinade with him.

  9. Natalie

    June 26, 2015 at 5:46 am

    Oh I do love a good piece of steak on the BBQ. It sounds like this marinade totally elevates it to ‘awesome’ level!

  10. Gina

    June 26, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Sounds yummy! Always looking for new ways to enhance my steaks 🙂

  11. Valerie Remy-Milora

    June 26, 2015 at 10:53 am

    i have never tried El Yucateco marinades before but this looks amazing! We grill almost daily during the summer and this is going on the menu for this weekend!

  12. Ellen ThatChicMom

    June 26, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    That marinade looks delicious. We love steak and are always looking for new ways to flavor it, thanks!

  13. Kendra

    June 26, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    This sounds like a great marinade. I would have never thought about using a hot sauce but it sounds like a great flavor boost.

  14. [email protected]

    June 26, 2015 at 9:33 pm

    Sounds delish! I can’t do hot food tho Rusy can and I often cook to his tastes.

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