V's Grilling Marinade


This marinade works well with beef, chicken, pork, and portobello mushrooms. I like to use sirloin tips or a flank steak sliced on the bias and cook it to medium-rare. The tea adds a touch of smoky flavor. I substitute orange juice if I don't have pineapple juice. I don't always add the sherry, but I use it when I have it.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
2 1/4 cup


  • ¼ cup boiling water

  • ½ teaspoon lapsang souchong tea leaves

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • ¾ cup pineapple juice

  • ½ cup tamari (dark soy sauce)

  • ½ cup canola oil

  • 1 (1 1/2 inch) piece fresh ginger root, peeled and chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons sherry

  • 1 tablespoon honey


  1. Pour boiling water over tea leaves in a mug and steep for 3 minutes; strain and discard tea leaves. Dissolve brown sugar into the tea and set aside to cool.

  2. Combine pineapple juice, tamari, canola oil, ginger, garlic, sherry, and honey in a jar; add tea mixture. Seal jar and shake until the oil emulsifies into the marinade.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Cook's Notes:

Marinate your items in this for four hours, turning once.

Use whatever type of cooking oil you have on hand. Regular soy sauce can be used in place of tamari, as well.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

69 Calories
6g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 69
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 7%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 5mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 34mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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