My steak marinade from last night was a success! Here's the recipe:
$2 Steak part 2
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup coffee (yep, sounds weired I know)
1/8 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons grill seasoning
1 tablespoon pepper
1 tablespoon Emeril's Essence
Mix all ingredients together in a gallon size food storage bag. Add cheap steaks (last night we used chuck steak?) don't spend more than $3 or $4 a piece on the steak. This is not a marinade that you use for a good quality steak, this is to tenderize cheaper cuts of meat. Place the steaks in the marinade and place in the fridge for around 2 hours, turning ever so often to make sure the meat is evenly coated.
Remove from fridge and allow to come to room temperature on the counter before cooking. Cook on an outdoor grill or a tabletop grill 3 minutes per side for rare/medium rare. Cook longer if you like your meat more well done.
If you don't have a tabletop grill, grill pan, or an outdoor grill you can use a griddle or a cast iron skillet to cook the steaks. Last night we used a cast iron griddle to cook the steaks and they turned out fantastic. (p.s. you can get a good cast iron griddle at Wal-Mart or the dollar store for less than $10, and it's one of the most useful pots in my kitchen.)