Best Steak Marinade in Existence: Labor Day Steak Feast For Under $100

Labor Day grilling will soon be underway and there is nothing our family loves more than a great cookout. In honor of the holiday, our family was challenged to pull together a Labor Day feast with Walmart supplies and show what you could do with a $100 budget for your feasting needs.

For this feast, I was able to purchase six large New York Strip steaks, six ears of corn, potatoes and all of the fixings, a loaf of sourdough bread, steak marinade ingredients, two bottles of delicious wine, a seedless watermelon, and a chocolate cream pie to round out our dinner. This feast could easily serve six to eight people with plenty of food leftover.

Walmart is offering steaks with a 100% money back guarantee if you are dissatisfied with your meat in any way. Only 1 in 5 steaks passes the test to be stocked in their stores and the pricing on it is extremely affordable. I will admit, that I have always bypassed the steaks at the store, but after sampling how delicious these are, I look forward to being able to pick up my meat along with other household essentials when doing my grocery shopping. You can find out more information here about the standards and quality of the meat offered.

Of course, we chose a broiling hot day to grill and I was out there roasting in the sunshine and with the grill heat beating on my face. I highly recommend my husband as your grilling assistant when things like this arise. He graciously shielded me with an umbrella and gave me a glass of ice water while I grilled. I love this man.

For our feast, we enjoyed my favorite corn grilled in the husk (the easiest way to grill a large batch of corn without the mess), three cheese grilled potatoes, fresh watermelon, a loaf of sour dough bread, chocolate cream pie, and wine.  We were all groaning after all of this delicious food and our tummies were full and happy. What a way to celebrate Labor Day!

Today I wanted to share with you a recipe I tried for a steak marinade. I am no stranger to marinated steak and the beauty of creating a great steak meal at home. I have never in my life tried a better steak marinade recipe than this one and it is made from ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.

These steaks were so divine that you could keep things simple and just add salt and pepper to these to season them. I wanted to really enhance the flavors in this tender cut of meat so I put together a marinade and let them marinate in the fridge overnight the night before.

Now that I have tried this recipe, it is highly likely I will never make my steak any other way again. You won’t believe the flavors in this and none of them overpower the delicious taste of the meat itself.

Best Steak Marinade in Existence
Recipe type: Main
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Serves: 6
A flavorful steak marinade that will enhance the flavor of any cut of meat you might find on sale at your local supermarket.
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons garlic powder
  • 3 tablespoons dried basil
  • 1½ tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  1. Place the soy sauce, olive oil, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, basil, parsley, minced garlic, salt, and pepper in a mixing bowl and whisk well.
  2. Pour marinade over desired type of meat.
  3. Cover, and refrigerate overnight. Grill meat as desired.

For more tips on grilling steaks including temperature and timetables be sure to visit my post on The Best Steakhouse Dining Experience on a Poorhouse Budget!

Happy Labor Day, friends!

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for these posts. My participation is voluntary and opinions are always my own.

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Published August 27, 2012 by:

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