Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Steak-Tip Marinade

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Last Valentine’s Day, Becky and Sarah surprised me with a seven course meal of food that I could eat WITH my husband!!!  It was one of the most romantic and precious nights of my life (and deserving of its own story).  Of course I had to work hard not to openly sob with gratitude!
The highlight of the meal was the steak they had prepared, and the marinade was so delicious that my husband Chris (a steak aficionado and grill master) begged them for the recipe.
Turns out it was a modified version of a treasured family recipe of ANOTHER great gourmet chef/foodie, Becky’s close friend Mary.  Her grandfather, Raymond “Poppy” Gamble is still grilling at age 90, and his grill secret is one you will want to make your own!
You can use it as a steak marinade, but it is DELICIOUS on grilled chicken as well.  My entire family (5 children, 2 adults) fights over this meal.  Here is Sarah and Becky’s SSF-Modified Version:
SSF Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Marinade
(Works for up to 3lbs, can easily be doubled)
3/4 C Very Hot water
2 Tbs Safflower oil
2 Tbs malt vinegar
1/3 C white sugar
1/3 C soy sauce
1/2 cup whiskey (this is optional but you can eat it and it adds great flavor.
 Mix ingredients together and cover meat with marinade at least overnight prior to cooking.
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And now, for you regular folks, (drum roll, please!) here is the ORIGINAL Raymond “Poppy” Gamble’s Steak-Tip Marinade!  WARNING:  If you have sulphite/salicylate intolerance, this original recipe will CRUSH you.  Do NOT USE THIS RECIPE!  Everyone else, enjoy the magic!!!  🙂
(Works for up to 3lbs)
3/4 C Very Hot water
2 Tbs vegetable oil
2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
1/4-1/3 C honey
1/3 C soy sauce
1 tsp garlic powder
Mix ingredients together and cover steak/chicken with marinade for At Least 24 hrs prior to cooking.
“I’ve tried adjusting this recipe (using real garlic, etc.) and for some reason changing the original does not make it better.  Could be that this is what I’ve grown up with so it’s the only way I’ll ever like it…but it’s kind of nice to follow such a simple recipe and know it’s the best!  Enjoy!!”
— Mary ><>
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