seasoned meat tenderizer with chuck steak

Seasoned Meat Tenderizer Does it Work?

Seasoned meat tenderizer does it work and how to use it properly. We have decided to put it to the test. I have seen this stuff in the grocery store for years and have never tried it until now.

What is a seasoned meat tenderizer?

It is a seasoned salt combined with one of two natural enzymes designed to tenderize your meat. Some use: Bromelain, an enzyme found in pineapple juice and in the pineapple stem. Others use: Papain an enzyme extracted from the papaya plant.

Seasoned meat tenderizer in package

Always read the label before purchasing. Just to be sure you are comfortable with all of the ingredients. Some will contain MSG. We are using a store brand tenderizer for this that contains: Salt, sugar, paprika and papain. McCormicks just says: A blend of salt, spices and Bromelain

Proper application of the tenderizer:

For best results read the label of your tenderizer for it’s specific instructions because some may vary from this.

  1. Wet your meat. A quick rinse should do.
  2. Apply the seasoned meat tenderizer to both sides of your meat, right before cooking. A tablespoon per pound is the general rule of thumb.
  3. Poke your meat with a fork. Holes should be 1/4 inch apart. This helps with penetration.

Note: Larger pieces of meats like roasts will require the tenderizer to sit on them longer. Do not let it sit for more than one hour.

chuck steak being poked with fork

Seasoned meat tenderizer put to the test:

We are using a 1 pound USDA choice, chuck steak for this test and of course we will be grilling it. Half will be coated with the tenderizer following the above instructions. The other half will also be divided into halves. The entire thing will be poked with a fork. Half of this side will be seasoned with regular seasoning salt and the other left plain. This should give us some real results.

We seasoned and forked our steak and lit the grill. This allowed it to sit for 10 minutes.

We grilled our chuck steak like we would any other steak. Over medium high direct heat. Until the thickest part was rare. In the middle or our cook, it split into 2 down the seam while being flipped with our meat hook. The smaller portion was then moved off the heat. When finished, we let our steak rest for 10 minutes.

Chuck steak on the grill

So did the seasoned meat tenderizer work?

With 3 different pieces to compare, the piece where the tenderizer really stood out. It was by far the most tender piece of the 3 of them. This is not to say that it was a melt in your mouth piece of meat. Because the chew factor was reduced by around 50%. This turned a very tough piece of meat enjoyable to eat. In fact: I finished the entire tenderized section while only having a few bites each of the other pieces.

The Bottom Line:

When buying tougher pieces of meat this is a very worth while purchase. An entire container of this can be had for about a buck. Considering how much more you would be paying for a better grade of meat, it is well worth it.


aka Sultan of Sizzle

I have been blogging about and selling grilling tool for over 12 years. A Certified Food Safety Professional, KCBS member, award winning writer and have over 10 years experience in the food service industry.

“I have experienced some of the best food this country has to offer and nothing is better than the food that comes off my own grill!”

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  1. Shawn Johnson

    I always wondered how and if this stuff works. Guess I’ll give it a try.

  2. Mike Nuckolls

    Thanks for this Mike! I will try this on some Sirloin Steak and see if my wife will like it as well as the Ribeye she has made me grill in the past. Going by your recipe, “Wet your meat”, I will get in our hot tub for a half hour before applying the tenderizer. ;-)

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