If you like your beef 'shaken, not stirred', try this great tipsy marinade for the summer bbq season! Spice up the presentation with an olive and toothpick garnish!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
2 hrs
cook:
15 mins
total:
2 hrs 15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, combine onion, garlic, barbecue sauce, gin, vermouth, olive brine, and basil.

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  • Sprinkle each steak with salt and pepper, and place in resealable sandwich bags. Divide marinade between each bag, and seal. Ensure that marinade is evenly distributed around steaks. Refrigerate for 2 to 24 hours.

  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat, and lightly oil grate.

  • Remove steaks from bags, and discard marinade. Grill steaks for 7 to 8 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.

Nutrition Facts

492 calories; protein 37.7g 76% DV; carbohydrates 25.1g 8% DV; fat 21g 32% DV; cholesterol 121.1mg 40% DV; sodium 1367.1mg 55% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2008
We thought this was great! I have to take issue with TARA1218 though. Vodka tastes very different then gin so you completely changed the flavor of the marinade. Of course it wasn't as good, you didn't follow the recipe! I'm sorry but I get so annoyed when I see people make many substitutions to a recipe and then gripe that it was just "okay". Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2016
I substituted vodka for the gin otherwise followed recipe. My husband the steak and martini lover thought it was ok nothing special. Raved about the savory garlic marinated steaks so will make that recipe instead. PS. I see I was criticized by RELISH for changing one ingredient and still rating the recipe. I agree when lots of changes are made it can be frustrating to read negative reviews. However I changed one ingredient and since many people like VODKA martinis rather than gin I thought it might be helpful to some. Also leaving reviews is helpful for me to remember what changes I made and what worked/didn't. Sorry. Read More
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11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 6
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/22/2008
We thought this was great! I have to take issue with TARA1218 though. Vodka tastes very different then gin so you completely changed the flavor of the marinade. Of course it wasn't as good, you didn't follow the recipe! I'm sorry but I get so annoyed when I see people make many substitutions to a recipe and then gripe that it was just "okay". Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was the most delicious beef marinade I've ever had!! Highly recommended and very easy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2011
Wow this is delicious. I was a little nervous because I thought that it smelled a little funky while marinating. But after it's on the grill and it gets that cooked-outside taste...delish! I actually made TWO versions exactly as noted for one steak and another that replaced brandy for gin and bitters for vermouth; making a Brandy-Beef Old Fashion. Hey I'm from Wisconsin what do ya want?? Side note: I did pierce the steaks a few times before sticking in the bags overnight. Make this recipe you won't be sorry. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/11/2016
I substituted vodka for the gin otherwise followed recipe. My husband the steak and martini lover thought it was ok nothing special. Raved about the savory garlic marinated steaks so will make that recipe instead. PS. I see I was criticized by RELISH for changing one ingredient and still rating the recipe. I agree when lots of changes are made it can be frustrating to read negative reviews. However I changed one ingredient and since many people like VODKA martinis rather than gin I thought it might be helpful to some. Also leaving reviews is helpful for me to remember what changes I made and what worked/didn't. Sorry. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/10/2009
This was a very tasty marinade. We had cut up stew meat (very inexpensive) so I was looking for a marinade to add flavor and tenderize the meat. I skewerd the beef with onions peppers and mushrooms and grilled them basting the skewers as they cooked. It was delicious! I think next time I will try a little more of the "martini" and a little less of the "BBQ sauce" though as it totally overwhelmed any "martini" taste! but thanks for a great idea! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2009
Best sirloin steak we have ever eaten my husband doesn't even like steak and he loved it! No fixing this one! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2008
I made this marinade for beef skewers and everyone that had them at our party LOVED them. Wow! I have to admit the whole time I was preparing it I just wasn't sure about the combination of BBQ with the martini ingredients but it was a knock out! I mixed it all in a zipper bag and marinated my large cubes of beef for the skewers overnight. It was excellent. Thank you! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/02/2016
This was very good. I did the steaks on the grill pan. Next time I will serve in a martini glass with the olives as shown in the picture. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2014
This will blow minds and palates totally tasty and unique. Upscale with down to earth flavor blasts. I added side of the lemon zest garlic beans for perfect balance. Read More