Guinness-Marinated Bison Steak Sandwiches

Bruce Aidells’s Guinness, soy sauce and molasses marinade adds moisture and a sweet-hearty flavor to these delicious steak sandwiches.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus overnight marinating

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  • 1 cup Guinness or other dark stout
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 large red onion, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick rings
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons light molasses
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 6- to 8-ounce boneless bison rib eye steaks, about 1 1/2 inches thick (See Note)
  • Extra-virgin olive oil, for brushing
  • Salt
  • 24 cremini mushrooms, stemmed
  • Four 1/2-inch-thick slices of rye toast

How to make this recipe

  1. In a bowl, whisk the Guinness with the chopped onion, soy sauce, molasses, thyme, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and 2 teaspoons of pepper. Pour the marinade into a large, resealable plastic bag. Add the steaks and turn to coat. Seal and refrigerate overnight.

  2. Light a gas grill, then set it up for both direct and indirect grilling by turning off half of the burners. Remove the steaks from the marinade and pat dry. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning once, until lightly charred, 6 minutes. Move the steaks to indirect heat, close the grill and cook until medium-rare, 8 to 10 minutes. Let rest on a carving board for 10 minutes. Slice 1/2 inch thick.

  3. Brush the onion rings and mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat, turning occasionally, until softened, 6 minutes.

  4. Arrange the toasts on plates or a platter and top with the grilled onions, sliced steak and mushrooms. Drizzle with any juices from the bison steaks and serve.


Boneless bison rib eye steaks are available at

Suggested Pairing

Robust, juicy Spanish red.

Contributed By Photo © Luca Trovato Photography Published October 2012

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Aggregate Rating value: 5

Review Count: 6

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: alyssa075

Review Body: I tried it and everyone loves the steak and even ask me what did I use to marinade. It came out so well.. Best steak ever! :-)

Date Published: 2016-06-21

Author Name: linda95

Review Body: Great recipe and idea especially with the amazing marinade ingredients. Will try soon. 

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-21

Author Name: Tal Mor

Review Body: this looks amazingly tasty 

Date Published: 2016-06-16

Author Name: @GreenPlane

Review Body: How do I know if the steak is fully cook inside?

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-06-17

Author Name: Jennifer

Review Body: Has anyone tried this with Beef? 

Date Published: 2016-06-22

Author Name: jobin

Review Body: Looks like a $30 sandwich, but it does look good.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-17

Author Name: TrevL

Review Body: Nice idea to use Guinness as part of the ingredients. Not sure if I will find Bison here but will give it a try with some good beef in case I don't make it. Looks extremely pleasant, would love to have some now!!

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-21

Author Name: Mavis055

Review Body: I made a steak for my mom and all she did was compliment me. Steak looks beautiful. Thanks.

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-21

Author Name: RazielT

Review Body: That meal would be absolutely delicious.! Can't wait to try. :)

Date Published: 2016-06-17

Author Name: JabarShell

Review Body: What's an olive oil substitute can you recommend?

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-06-21