Root beer works as a terrific marinade for beef. Not only does it tenderize\ a less expensive cut, but it creates little caramelized edges when cooked. It’s an easy marinade to throw together, and could be used with pork or chicken as well. I use metal skewers on the grill so that I don’t have to worry about burning the bamboo skewers. Just be careful, the metal skewers get hot! Summer grilling season has begun!
- 2 lbs. beef (not too lean, you want some fat for flavor, I used a chuck roast) cut into large bite-sizes.
- 2 C. fresh pineapple chunks
- one bunch of scallions, cut into thirds
- 2 C. root beer
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 t. grated fresh ginger
- 1/2 t. black pepper
- pinch of Chinese 5 spice powder
- 1/4 C. soy sauce
- 1/4 C. rice wine vinegar (seasoned or not)
- coarse salt to taste
Combine all the ingredients in a container or zip lock bag and toss to combine. Let it marinate for at least two hours or overnight. Discard the marinade, thread the meat, pineapple, and onions onto skewers and grill on medium high for 8-10 minutes, or until meat is cooked to your liking. Sprinkle with a little coarse salt. These are great, hot off the grill or at room temperature, making them the perfect summer party food. Serves 4-6.