Monday, July 3, 2017

Grilled Beef Tips in a Savory Marinade

It's grilling season!  During the heat of the summer, my grill works overtime and I'm happy to find marinades that turn a simple grilled beef dinner into a delicious treat.  This savory beef marinade is our favorite for beef tips.  While I use this marinade for my grilled beef tips, you can use it for any cut of beef you want to marinate.

Grilled Marinated Beef Tips

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Grilled Marinated Beef Tips

What Are Beef Tips?

You might be wondering what exactly are beef tips?  The beef tips I buy at my local grocery store are tenderloin tips.  They are pieces of beef cut from beef tenderloins that are being trimmed. Unfortunately, this is not standard across the United States, so your best bet is to ask what cut your beef tips come from at your local market.

Tenderloin Beef Tips
Beef Tips

I like to buy beef tips to keep on hand because they are versatile and a quick and easy dinner for the grill.  Occasionally, you will have to trim your beef tips to remove a bit of silver skin that may be left on them.  Just make a quick check to see if there are any tough little bits and cut them off.

Grilled Marinated Beef Tips

Sometimes I will leave the beef tips whole and other times I will cut them into chunks to cook on skewers.  That's what I am doing today.  Don't forget to allow time to for your skewers to soak in water if you are using ones made from bamboo.  That will help to keep them from burning to pieces on your grill.

Cubed Beef Tips
Cubed Beef Tips

The Best Beef Marinade

This savory marinade will make your beef tasty even after just one hour of marinating, but the flavors deepen the longer you marinate your beef.  I like to marinate my beef tips for three to six hours for the tastiest results.

The Best Beef Marinade
The marinade is quick to assemble.  You may already have the ingredients on hand.  I like to use rosemary in this marinade.  A little goes a long way and it holds up well to grilling.  If you don't like rosemary, substitute thyme or oregano.  Fresh is best, but dried will work as well.  Just decrease the amount of dried herbs by approximately half when substituting them for fresh.

These grilled beef tips pair well with a fresh garden salad for a satisfying meal whenever summer's heat keeps you out of the kitchen.  I also like them with a medley of roasted vegetables like onions, zucchini, eggplant, red peppers, and green peppers.  The colors of the vegetables will make your dinner plate look as good as it will taste.

Grilled Beef  Tips in a Savory Marinade

Savory Beef Marinade
Savory Beef Marinade
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Three to six hours before grilling, mix together all of the ingredients.

The Mixed Beef Marinade

Place the beef tips in either a plastic bag with a zip closure or a glass or ceramic pan.  Pour the marinade over the beef tips.  Turn the beef tips to make sure they are well coated with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate for three to six hours. Turn your beef occasionally to distribute the flavors.

Grill the beef tips for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, until cooked to your desired doneness. Let sit for 5 minutes before serving to allow the juices to settle.

Perfect for a Summer Dinner
Perfect for a Summer Dinner
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