Sweet and beef are a golden combination. Once cooked, you taste only the barest hint of sweetness, yet honey creates fabulous crustiness on the outside of the meat, while opening up all the bold beefiness in each mouthful. You get a hum of black pepper, while the alcohol in wine frees up every possible nuance of taste not touched by the honey. This marinade works with chicken, bold flavored seafood like tuna and mackerel, on lamb and pork.
From The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper