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  • David Skarin

Thai BBQ Marinade - Ribeye

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

One of my favorite places on this planet is Thailand. I’ve spent a decent amount of time traveling the country and firmly believe it is one of the best countries in the world. Not only do they have killer beaches and amazing culture, but also delicious food!

Recently, my wife had a craving for Thai food so I decided to research some Thai influenced BBQ meals and recall some of my favorite meals while traveling the country. Up first, we have my absolute favorite Thai influenced dish, Thai BBQ steak! For this cook, I used a Ribeye but you can do this an any cut of beef.


Fast Facts

Category: Marinade – Sauces – Beef

Cut: Ribeye

Weight: 1 Pound

Heat Source: Gas

Estimated Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Estimated Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Actual Cooking Temperature: 500 degrees

Location of Purchase: Sprouts Market

Cook Date: August 2, 2020


Ingredient List

  • 1 pound ribeye steak (any cut on meat will be great)


  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce (If wanting to make it gluten free, use gluten free soy)

  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce (If wanting to make it gluten free, use gluten free hoisin)

  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce (If wanting to make it gluten free, make sure your fish sauce is gluten free. Most are, but not all)

  • ½ teaspoon lime juice

  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar

  • ¼ cup yellow onion, diced

  • 1 ½ tablespoons garlic, minced

  • 1-2 Fresno chilies (Note: any red chili pepper could work. I used 1 pepper for this cook and it was not over-powering at all)

Supply List

  • Mixing bowl

  • Marinating tub

  • Whisk

  • Thermometer - These are critical tools to have there are two main types. First, instant read thermometer like this one or this one. The Thermapen is worth it's weight in gold and one I use almost every day. I know the price tag seems excessive but it's the best in the business for a reason. If you're looking for a dual temperature thermometer for both grill temperature and meat, this is the way to go. I use my Smoke for longer more specific cooks.



Step 1: combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Using a whisk, combine all ingredients allowing the sugar to dissolve.

Step 2: place steak and all ingredients in a marinating dish for a minimum of 2 hours. I highly suggest over-night and up to 24 hours. If the steak is not fully submerged, then be sure to try and flip it every couple hours.

Step 3: when you are ready to start your cook, preheat your grill to high heat. My gas grill on high ranges in the 500-550 degree range.

See the table below for cooking temperature of desired doneness:

Rare: 126-130 degrees

Medium Rare: 132-136 degrees

Medium: 142-146 degrees

Medium Well: 148-154 degrees

Well Done: 158+ degrees

For this cook, my ribeye was about an inch think so I cooked it on high heat for 10 total minutes (5 minutes each side).

Hint: I prefer a medium rare to medium steak. My rule that rarely fails is that for every inch of steak, you need 10 minutes (5 minutes on each side) on high heat. So, if you have a ½ thick steak, you cut the time in half which means 2 ½ minutes per side for medium rare.

Step 4: Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice against the grain and enjoy!!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)


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