Does beer make beef tender?

As we all know, beef is an excellent source of iron and zinc. In Kobe, Japan, the Wagyu cattle are fed large amounts of beer daily and are massaged with sake. Kobe beef is renowned for its tenderness, which is why it is also extremely expensive, costing more than $100 per pound.

With this in mind, we bought a couple of steaks (not Kobe) for dinner. Rather than salting and peppering the steaks, I created a marinade. It consisted of 1/3 cup soy sauce, 1/3 cup maple syrup, 3 cloves of garlic (minced), and 1 bottle of beer.

I pierced both sides of the steaks with a knife so that the beer marinade would seep into the meat. I also made cuts in the fat so that the sides wouldn’t curl. I refrigerated the steaks for several hours, turning them over once.

Then, we discovered that our old grill was broken. So, David purchased a new 2 burner Dyna-Glo Grill at Home Depot. He and I spent over 4 hours trying to assemble it. The tiny screws and holes killed us.

Anyway, David grilled the steaks for 5 minutes on each side. Perfect steaks! They were sweet and very tender.

16 Responses to “Does beer make beef tender?”

  1. Valerie-Jael Says:

    Your steaks look great, have fun with the new grill. I haven’t eaten steaks for years. Have a great week, Valerie

  2. David H Says:

    That was certainly a great meal. Steaks cooked on a grill are the way to go. Even though it was a challenge assembling the grill, the end result was well worth the effort!

  3. Olga Says:

    Ha, it seems as though David is spending his isolation time assembling things — gotta do something in absence of gym, sports, concert. And you are experimenting in the kitchen — gotta do in absence of going out to eat. You have adapted well. Stay safe and healthy.

  4. tomthebackroadstraveller Says:

    …I wouldn’t know!

  5. Christine Says:

    Gosh I love a good steak, looks so good!

  6. Doug M Says:

    My mouth was watering before I even saw the photos of the steaks! Gigi has a way with words 🙂 Nice job, you guys

  7. Arkansas Patti Says:

    Now you have made me hungry and I am not sure the chicken thighs are going to do the trick today:))

  8. Elephant's Child Says:

    Well done – both of you. And what a wonderful reward for your work.

  9. wisewebwoman Says:

    We are all adapting as are you. I made a great big pot of soup today.


  10. Far Side Says:

    Yes I make ribs with beer:)

  11. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    When I used to be homebound back in the 80’s I used to watch “Chan can Cook” every day. He always would preseason his meats with cooking wine. After that, I believe that it did soften up the meat, so your theory is probably true.

  12. Andrew Says:

    Another method for making beef tender is to drink the beer and not notice that it is a bit tough.

  13. AC Says:

    The experience looks appealing. Well not the assembly part. It is still too nasty here to bbq.

  14. Nancy Chan Says:

    Perfectly grilled beef. I have not acquired the skill.

  15. evi erlinda Says:

    Seems David enjoys challenging his “stay at home” for assembling many things 🙂
    These steaks look SO great!

  16. Tom at Sightings Says:

    I’m not much of a beef eater … but I do love a good steak, esp if it’s grilled outdoors.

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