Beer Marinated Chuck Steak for the Grill

Total Time
4hrs 20mins
Prep 4 hrs
Cook 20 mins

The Women's Day Encyclopedia of Cookery was my main resource as a teen learning to cook. This marinade from that book was my Dad's favorite marinade for steak -- almost always bone-in chuck steak. Every time I use it I think of Dad and remember how he taught me to grill on the little hibatchi that perched on the side of the useless, brick fireplace some previous owner of the house had built. Come taste a memory with me.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 4 -6 lbs bone-in chuck steaks (about 3/4-inch thick)
  • Marinade

  • 12 ounces beer
  • 12 cup vegetable oil (Dad used corn oil, I use Canola oil today.)
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I generally use 1/2 tsp anymore) (optional)
  • 12 teaspoon pepper (I use 1/4 tsp fresh-ground)
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard (I sometimes substitute 1 tsp Heinz Brown prepared mustard)


  1. Slice onion paper-thin.
  2. Peel garlic clove and put it through the garlic press.
  3. Combine all marinade ingredients and stir well.
  4. Pour marinade over steaks. Marinade 4-6 hours, turning steaks periodically. Do NOT over-marinade because beer marinades make the steak bitter if soaked too long.
  5. Preheat your grill. You want a medium-high heat -- enough to get some good sizzle. There's no beating the flavor you get from a charcoal grill, but a gas grill will do the job. I do NOT recommend trying this on an electric, tabletop grill.
  6. Grill 7-10 minutes per side or until you reach the desired doneness.
  7. As you cook, drop a few bits of the onions from the marinade onto the coals or burner-covers to make an aromatic smoke which flavors the meat in a way really sets this recipe apart from other beer marinades.
  8. The marinade will have tenderized the steak significantly, but if you cook it well-done it will almost certainly be tough anyway so I recommend medium-rare to medium.
Most Helpful

Was looking specifically for a chuck marinade b/c hubby, who doesn't eat meat, thinks all steaks are the same and picked up a chuck steak for me when he did the grocery shopping. I usually don't marinade, but I was worried that the cut would be too tough so I looked this up. All I can say is, WOW! This marinade made the meat sooo tender and juicy! And that is saying a lot considering I was grilling a very thin, bone-out steak! This recipe is a great find and will go in the keeper file! I may just try it on other cuts, as well!!

snoelle1 August 22, 2010

My family really enjoyed this recipe. After I pulled the steaks out of the marinade I put the marinade in a fry pan and sauted the onions to see what they would be like. They turned out really nice and were good over to of the steak. I only had some thinly sliced steaks, but next time I want to use some chuck steak like the recipe called for.

Cookin' Dad of 5 July 06, 2008

We really wanted to love this, but it just did not have alot of flavor. I even added a Tablespoon of grill seasoning to the marinade. It did however make this inexpensive cut of meat tender. I also tossed the onions on the coals but I really didn't notice anything different by doing that. I will try it again, but to get my family to eat it I will really have to spice it up, not necessarily heat, but seasoning.

Michelle S. June 23, 2008