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Churrasco (Argentine Grilled Meat Marinade )


  • 3heads garlic (about 30 to 40 cloves)
  • 2teaspoons salt
  • 1teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1cup orange juice
  • 1⁄4cup fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄4cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1cup onion, minced
  • 2teaspoons oregano
  • 1cup Spanish olive oil
  • meat, of choice pounded or cut thin (beef, chicken, pork)


  • Mash garlic, salt, and peppercorns into a paste, using a mortar and pestle. Stir in orange juice, lime juice, lemon juice, onion, and oregano. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes or longer. Whisk the garlic-orange juice mixture with the olive oil until well blended.
  • Preparing the Meat: Preparing the meat is very easy. Place the meat in a large bowl or pan. Add enough marinade to cover the meat. Place a cover over the bowl or pan and place in the refrigerator a minimum of five hours, but preferably overnight.
  • Grill the marinated meat outdoors on the barbecue. (Make sure your coals are hot and white!). For the steak – you can cook them however you like your it — from rare to well done. However, the rarer the meat, the more tender and flavorful!
  • Serve the meat with the Recipe #456210.


  • stgmngrjan

    I used flat iron steaks, similar to flank steak. I marinated the beef chunks for 24 hours, grilling as kabobs. It was wonderful. Thanks, Jan.

  • Andi of Longmeadow Farm

    Great marinade! Loved all the flavors and it took my skirt steak and made a pillow full of love with it, nice and tender it was, and oh so good! Reduced the serving size, but otherwise followed exactly. Loved the peppercorns! Added quite a few…Thanks for posting! Made for ZWT7

  • Studentchef

    This is a really great marinade, and I cannot find any fault with it. I used it for chicken breasts, which I had planned to bbq. I didn’t throw any of it out. what I did was I let it marinade, and then brushed it on the chicken breasts while I grilled it, so I was able to not waste any. This is one of the better marinades I’ve had.

  • lazyme

    Nice marinade. I made about 1 cup of it and marinated my steak overnight. I loved all of the citrus flavors. Thanks Nif for another great keeper. Served with yams, a corn salad, and some chimichurri on the side. Made for ZWT7 for the Emerald City Shakers.