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Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine Marinade – It’s BBQ time!

This easy grilled London broil recipe has a zesty rub that gives it a load of flavor and a red wine marinade that tenderizes the meat.

We make grilling a Saturday night tradition at our house all year round!

This delicious recipe for grilled London broil is easy to do. Just prepare the rub and marinade and put it in the fridge to let the flavors soak into the meat. 

When it is time to cook, just fire up the grill and enjoy the aromas of all those flavors that have combined. The recipe calls for a spicy rub and a nice red wine and mustard marinade.

Grilled London Broil with a spicy rub

Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine – So Delicious!

The flavor of this recipe comes from two things – the rub that gives the meat it’s flavor and the red wine marinade that you place the beef in to tenderize it.Grilled London broil with spicy rub.

The meat I chose is London Broil Steak (top round steak will work too).  Have the cuts about 1 inch thick or more. This type of cut is not too expensive and the marinade will work wonders for making lesser cuts of meat tender.  

I marinate the beef overnight and get great results.

Ingredients for the spicy BBQ London Broil rub

The spicy rub is a blend of smoky, spicy and savory spices. It adds a nice kick to the steak. You’ll need these ingredients:Spoons and spices for a spicy rub

  • smoked paprika
  • kosher salt
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder or flakes
  • black pepper
  • red pepper flakes
  • dried oregano
  • ground thyme

Just mix the spices in a bowl and store it in an airtight spice jar. The recipe below makes a lot of the rub and you’ll have some to use other nights as well.

The rub is a fantastic blend of spices and you will want to use it every time you grill steak or pork.  It gives the meat a fantastic flavor.

Making the easy London Broil marinade

While the spicy dry rub adds a great taste to any cut of meat, this easy red wine marinade for London Broil gives a lot of extra flavor to the meat. Red wine marinade for London Broil.

The steak can be grilled and served dry – we do this many week ends. But when you want a more elegant finish to the dish, the marinade takes it to the next level.

The marinade also tenderizes the beef while adding flavor so it’s worth the extra time if you have it to spare.Bottle of Merlot wine with grapes and leaves.

The flavors are rich and savory with a dose of garlic.

  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of Merlot or any other good red wine
  • 2 tablespoons of lite soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons of Grey Poupon whole grain mustard
  • 4 cloves of crushed garlic

Combine everything in a bowl and then pour it over the meat. You can sprinkle the rub over the meat now, too. Refrigerate four hours or overnight.Marinating London Broil steak with red wine.

London Broil grill time

Preheat your grill and cook to your desired doneness.  You can also heat up the marinade (to a boil) and serve it over the meat to finish, if desired.

The best way to grill London Broil is to alternate sides. This ensures very even cooking but still gives a nice sear to the steak.

To grill the London Broil, place it on your grill for 1 minute and then flip the meat over. Continue to switch sides every minute until the temperature reaches 125 degrees for medium rare or 130 degrees for medium.

The total cooking time should be about 5-9 minutes depending on how much you like your steak cooked. Allow the grilled London broil to stand for 5 minute before serving it.

This chart gives tips for steak doneness if you are new to grilling. Be sure to also check out my tips for a great grill to get amazing barbecues every time.

Grilled London Broil on a cutting board with a knife.

Terrific Side dishes to go with this grilled London broil

You can serve this grilled steak with so many side dish options. Here are a few of my favorites:

The dish is also great served with a light side salad.

Admin note: This post for grilled London broil first appeared on the blog in June of 2013. I have updated the post to add more side options, new photos, a printable recipe card with step by step cooking instructions and a video for you to enjoy.

I’ve also added videos of some of my favorite recipes for home cooks. I hope you enjoy them!

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Grilled London Broil with a spicy rub and red wine marinade

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Grilled London Broil with Spicy Rub and Red Wine Marinade

Grilled London broil with spicy rub.

The next time you get ready to grill some London broil, rub the meat with this delicious rub. It will become a regular in your house!

Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


For the Marinade

  • 1½ pound of London Broil Steak (top round steak will work too) About 1 inch thick or more
  • ¼ cup of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup of Merlot or any other good red wine
  • 2 tbsp of lite soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp of Grey Poupon whole grain mustard
  • 4 cloves of crushed garlic

For the rub: (makes ⅔ cup) you only need 1 tbsp for the recipe but it keeps well)

  • 2½ tbsp of smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of onion powder or flakes
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1 tbsp of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tbsp of dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp of ground thyme.


  1. Make the rub first: Combine all of the spices and keep stored in an airtight jar. You will need 1 tbsp of the rub for this recipe.
  2. Rub it all over the piece of beef and set into a shallow baking dish.
  3. Prepare the marinade
  4. Combine the ingredients for the marinade in a small bowl and pour over the meat. Put in the fridge for at least 4 hours. Overnight is best if you have the time.
  5. Preheat the grill to high.
  6. Remove the beef from the marinade and cook on the hot grill until it is done to your desired doneness. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
  7. Serve with roasted potatoes and root vegetables.


If you'd like to use the marinade as a sauce, heat it up to a boil and serve over the meat.

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Nutrition Information:



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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 410Total Fat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 2958mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 1gProtein: 35g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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