Beef Tri-Tip Marinade


I came up with this brown sugar and Merlot tri-tip marinade by chance when I went to pour some Worcestershire and found I was nearly out. It also works great on beef kebabs. This marinade makes enough for a 2 1/2-pound tri-tip steak.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins
1 3/4 cups


  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper

  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

  • 1 cup Merlot wine

  • ½ cup water

  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced, or more to taste

  • ½ teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring


  1. Combine brown sugar, garlic powder, pepper, and onion powder in a medium bowl. Stir in wine, water, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and liquid smoke until combined.


Use any dry red wine you prefer.

How to Use:

Place a 2 1/2-pound tri-tip steak in a glass baking dish. Pour marinade over top and turn steak several times to coat. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate in the refrigerator, 8 hours to overnight. When ready to cook, remove steak from the marinade and shake off excess. Discard any remaining marinade. Roast steak in a baking dish in an oven preheated to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) oven until nicely browned on the outside and reddish-pink and juicy in the center, about 45 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 130 degrees F (54 degrees C) for medium-rare.

Editor's Note:

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

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

52 Calories
0g Fat
8g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 52
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Sodium 160mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 2mg 9%
Calcium 21mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 120mg 3%

* 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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