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Red Wine and Coffee Marinade

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Scott Phillips

Yield: Yields about 2-1/2 cups, enough to marinate 2-/2 lb. food

The wonderful thing about this marinade is that you’re likely to have most of the ingredients on hand. It doesn’t contain added salt, so remember to salt your food just before grilling. This marinade is especially good for steak or pork.


  • 1 cup brewed espresso or very strong black coffee, at room temperature
  • 1 cup full-flavored red wine, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, or Zinfandel
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium cloves garlic, grated on a rasp grater
  • 2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
  • 1-1/2 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Coarsely ground black pepper

Nutritional Information

      Nutritional Sample Size per 1 Tbs.
      Calories (kcal) : 35
      Fat Calories (kcal): 25
      Fat (g): 2.5
      Saturated Fat (g): 0
      Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0
      Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
      Cholesterol (mg): 0
      Sodium (mg): 25
      Carbohydrates (g): 1
      Fiber (g): 0
      Protein (g): 0


  • In a medium nonreactive bowl, whisk the coffee, wine, olive oil, garlic, mustard, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, and 2 tsp. pepper until well blended.

Make Ahead Tips

The marinade will keep, tightly covered, in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.


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  • User avater
    anncancook | 08/08/2014

    This marinade is simply outstanding. With basic ingredients yet an incredible depth of flavor. I will admit to being hesitant about the cinnamon at first. It seemed to overpower the marinade. But...once we grilled the steak...oh my..the flavors were just perfect. Thank you Elizabeth Karmel - you are a true grill goddess!

  • user-3645495 | 07/28/2014

    Family was not impressed at all with this recipe. Not a good use of espresso, wine and mostly the steaks.

  • ThisOldBob | 08/02/2012

    It sounds delicious. Now I have a new eating adventure for this weekend.

  • plf | 07/20/2012

    Spectacular. Perfect complement to a good steak, can't wait to see if it is as good with pork

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