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Copycat Outback Steakhouse Marinade

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Rating: 4/5
9 reviews
1 comment

ready in: 1-2 hrs
serves/makes:   1

recipe id: 6403
cook method: stovetop, outdoor grill
Outback Steakhouse Marinade Recipe
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1 cup good quality ale
2 teaspoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper


Marinate steak in the ale in a zip-top bag or plastic container for one hour in the refrigerator. Do not marinate overnight.

Combine the brown sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl until well blended.

Remove the steak from the marinade and rub the brown sugar mixture on both sides. Place on waxed paper and return to refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.

To Cook: Heat a cast iron skillet, grill pan, or outdoor grill to medium high heat (greasing as needed).

Cook steak to desired doneness.

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7 calories, 0 grams fat, 1 grams carbohydrates, 0 grams protein per tablespoon. This recipe is low in sodium. This recipe is low in fat.
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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
So good! I used this to marinate chicken too.

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Jan 8, 2001

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
This marinade is great and a breeze to make with only four ingredients.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I liked this marinade. Didn't overpower the steak flavor. Left them quite tender. I marinated for about 3-4 hours. Curious why not to marinate it overnight?

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I thought this was delicious! I have no idea what the steaks at Outback are like (don't care for chain restaurants) but this was good. The beer tenderizes the steak and the seasonings with the brown sugar create a nice crust. Will definitely use this recipe again.

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I marinated the steaks but then we ended up going out for dinner that night. I cooked them the next day and they were fine. Maybe had more beer flavor, I'm not sure.

The sweet rub was good.

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Guest Foodie

Actually they do marinate their steaks in 11 spices but the guy wouldnt tell me which.

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Nov 12, 2005

REVIEW: 2 star recipe rating
This recipe doesn't turn out to be even close to the flavor of Outback's steaks. It's more of a teriyaki flavor, not bad at all but definately nothing like what I was hoping for.

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REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
I don't know if outback steakhouse marinates their steaks or not, this recipe was really good. I added a little cayenne to the seasoned salt/brown sugar rub for a little extra kick and then cooked the steaks in on my cast iron griddle instead of grilling because it was raining (I'm not that much of a die-hard griller!). Beer has always been a great tenderizer for beef and using good quality is highly recommended as it will impart some flavor onto the meat.

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Oct 2, 2004

REVIEW: 1 star recipe rating
Outback doesn't marinate steaks......nice try!

Guest at

REVIEW: 5 star recipe rating
Made this with a gluten free beer for the marinade since I can't have regular beer. Not sure if it changed the flavor from the original recipe but it was very good. I also make my own seasoned salt since most commercial brands aren't gluten free, so again my recipe might have turned out different but we really enjoyed it. Will definitely be making this again and again since it's so simple and tasty.

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