One of the latest tools from our engineer’s test kitchen is our new Ronco Meat Tenderizer. This neat, compact tenderizer quickly breaks down tough gristle, tendons and connective tissues… making those tougher cuts of meat tender and delicious.

With 72 razor sharp tenderizing blades, our Meat Tenderizer works differently than a mallet-type tenderizer. The mallet tenderizers just pound your meat, misshaping it and not effectively breaking down the tough tissues. Our tenderizer actually penetrates the meat, breaking down what makes the meat tough; gristle, tendons and connective tissue.


Our Meat Tenderizer also works as marinating shortcut, as in the recipe below. Use the Ronco Meat Tenderizer to simultaneously marinade meat, while the 72 blades work to create flavor channels allowing the marinade to quickly penetrate the inside of your meat; cutting down on required marinating time.


This flavor-packed marinade has a throw back feel to those Polynesian inspired 70’s, but some things are meant to be rediscovered! The sweet, salty, savory and sour combination of this marinade pairs perfectly with a nice ribeye steak. So dust of those tiki torches, drink umbrellas and lounge suits and get to marinating.

Hawaiian Steak Marinade



  • 1/3-cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2/3-cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1-cup pineapple juice, 100% juice – no sugar added
  • 1-teaspoon onion juice, (found on the spice aisle of your favorite grocery)
  • 1-tablespoon mirin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
  • Thumb sized piece of fresh ginger, minced or grated
  • 1/2-cup dark brown sugar (dark brown adds more flavor than light)


  1. Combine all wet ingredients (apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, pineapple juice, and onion juice) in a dish large enough to hold steaks and marinade. I used a 9 inch deep-dish pie pan.

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  1. Whisk in pressed garlic, ginger and dark brown sugar and whisk marinade until brown sugar is dissolved.
  1. Add steaks to marinade. Ladle marinade on top of the steak if they are not submerged and use the Ronco Meat Tenderizer to press marinade into meat. Do this repeatedly all over on both sides of steak, allowing the marinade to fully penetrate the meat.


  1. Allow steaks to marinate in the refrigerator for 2-4 hours before cooking.
  1. When ready to cook steaks, allow them to warm a bit on the counter before searing, grilling or using your Ronco Ready Grill to cook them. Pepper steaks before cooking.


This marinade also works fantastically with chicken, salmon, pork or other cuts of beef.


Chef Paja-Dejur Sanchez