Natural Summer BBQ: Marinaded Steaks

Welcome back to the continuation of our series on natural summer barbecuing! Today we will share our favorite means of preparing some mean steaks. We select grass-fed steaks, if possible, and they tend to be a bit more tough than your standard commercial meat. The perfect solution is a delicious natural marinade. This marinade makes the most flavorful and moist steaks, as long as you don’t over marinade or over cook your steaks!

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (fermented)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8 cup white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder, or 3-4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoons dried basil
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground white pepper


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend for 30 seconds until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Pour marinade over desired type of meat in a Ziploc bag or covered container. Seal or cover and refrigerate for 8 hours. Rotate regularly to allow all the meat to have soaking time in the marinade. Cook meat as desired. Makes enough to marinade for 4 steaks.
Adapted from

Steak Barbecuing Tips

Aaron has tried and proven these tips successful thanks to How To Grill Great Steak.

  • Preheat the grill: For gas grills preheat on high for 20 minutes. Charcoal grills are ready when the coals are covered in white ash (high heat).
  • Apply Rub: While grill preheats apply rub of choice. We love Montreal Steak Seasoning.
  • Sear the steaks: Place the steaks on the grill and cook for 3 minutes a side on the highest heat setting with the lid closed.
  • Cook the steaks: Reduce the heat to medium high. For charcoal grills move the coals to the outside of the grill leaving the middle open. Continue cooking according to your preference:
    After searing grilling chart
    Steak Thickness 1″ 1 1/4″ 1 3/4″
    Rare(120-129F) 0-1 Min 2-3 Min 4-5 Min
    Medium Rare(130-139F) 1-2 Min 3-4 Min 5-6 Min
    Medium(140-149F) 2-3 Min 4-5 Min 6-7 Min
    Medium Well(150-159F) 4_5 Min 6-7 Min 8-9 Min
  • Let steaks rest: Take the steaks off the grill and let rest five minutes.
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    About Lindsay

    Lindsay Edmonds is first a lover of Jesus, wife, mother of four, homemaker, and writer. She loves inspiring women around the world toward simple, natural, and intentional living for the glory of God.

    5 Responses to Natural Summer BBQ: Marinaded Steaks

    1. Corinne June 28, 2010 at 8:24 am #

      Lindsay, you say above that you marinade AND apply a steak seasoning rub. Does doing both make it really salty? The flavors must join together well or you wouldn’t do it. :) I am just curious because I have not heard of marinading and rubbing together. I have only read of doing one or the other. Thanks for any clarification you might share.

    2. Regina June 21, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

      This looks wonderful. However, I have an allergy to soy. Do you know of any soy sauce substitutes that are also dairy/gluten/egg free? Thanks!

      • Krissy June 21, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

        Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Aminos is a non soy alternative.

    3. Katie June 21, 2010 at 11:49 am #

      We make a similar marinate, but we add ginger and sometimes garlic also. Just an idea for ya. ;-)

    4. Shannon Hazleton June 21, 2010 at 3:31 am #

      Yippie! My husband just used his brand new Weber Kettle grill yesterday. This series is just in time, as he’s learning how to cook different things on the grill. We even bought him a utensil used to cook a whole chicken, so I’m looking forward to that post, too. Thanks, again Lindsay (and Aaron).