Newcastle Brown Ale Marinated Hanger Steak

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

You know how on Christmas everyone gets super excited about ham and turkey? Well, I’m not one of those people. Don’t get me wrong. I think turkey can be delicious (especially when it’s herb mayonnaise roast turkey) and I love me some pineapple bourbon butter glazed ham BUT Christmas is for red meat.

That’s right, I’m declaring this year is the year of red meat. Every Christmas my dad makes a HUGE prime rib and we invite over a whole house full of people to cram into our dining room and devour the roast beast until there is nothing left. Of course this also means shortly after eating, half of us are ready for bed because we just ate our weight in red meat but that’s just part of the prime rib game.

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

However, there is one small problem with prime rib. It’s perfect for large crowds, but what about when you only have a small group of people to feed? Do you really want to bust out an 11-pound piece of meat? The answer is no. So that’s where this recipe comes into play.

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

I decided to pick up a hanger steak at my local butcher shop and turn it into the perfect Christmas dinner. I wanted it to be full of flavor but still easy and not overly time consuming. So I did what any sane person does – made a marinade. BUT not just any old marinade – nope. I made a Newcastle Brown Ale marinade! Then I topped it with Newcastle caramelized onions and sprinkled it all with a gremolata. It’s a party in the mouth.

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

If you have never had Newcastle Brown Ale before don’t worry – it’s delicious! Plus it’s America’s number 1 brown ale so you know it’s a crowd pleaser! Just pop on over to your local store and pick up a six-pack. It works great in this dish and it’s great for sipping too.

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

I marinated my meat for about 4 hours and it gave it just the right amount of beer flavor. Then I popped it out of the marinade, dried it off and pan-fried it until it was perfectly cooked. You could also opt to grill it, which would be equally crowd pleasing. I also cooked the onions and made the gremolata in advance, which saves time during dinner assembly.

Oh and those onions – cooked in Newcastle Brown Ale. Listen, if I’m going to team up with a beer I’m going all in!

{Looking for more delicious out of the box holiday main course recipes? Try my veal osso buco, cranberry bbq sauce cornish hens or my pork tenderloin with blackberry mint sauce.}


Newcastle Brown Ale Marinated Hanger Steak with Newcastle-Caramelized Onions

This Newcastle brown ale marinated hanger steak is the perfect holiday meal. Perfectly cooked and topped with Newcastle caramelized onions. You need this!

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 20 minutesplus marinade time

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 65 minutesplus 4 hours marinade time


For steak:

  • 1-1/2 pound hanger steak
  • 1 bottle Newcastle Brown Ale
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon roughly chopped rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 batch beer caramelized onions
  • 1 batch gremolata

For onions:

  • 2 large sweet onions, cut in half and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, more may be needed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¾ cup Newcastle Brown Ale
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

For gremolata:

  • ¼ cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon minced lemon peel


For steak:
In a ziptop bag add hanger steak, Newcastle Brown Ale, garlic, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper. Close the top of the bag and mix the mixture together in the bag by lightly massaging the bag. Put the bag in a small dish and place into the fridge for 4 hours.

Once the meat is ready remove from the marinade, wipe off any rosemary that is sticking to the meat and dry the meat. Sprinkle the front and back and with remaining kosher salt.

In a large cast iron skillet add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Set over medium high heat and when the butter and oil is hot add the hanger steak to the pan. Cook for about 4-5 minutes and flip. Cook for another 4-5 minutes until the underside is browned. This cooking time will give you a slightly rarer meat so cook a few minutes longer if you like your meat well done.

Let the meat rest for 10 minutes, slice and top with onions and gremolata.

For onions:
Set sliced onions aside. In a large skillet set over medium heat add butter and olive oil. When the butter is melted and hot add in the onions. Sauté just until they start to soften and become flexible.

Pour in the Newcastle Brown Ale and 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar. Lower the heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes until most the beer has cooked off. Season with a little kosher salt.

Add in another tablespoon of butter and continue cooking (stirring every few minutes) until the onions are super soft and dark brown in color. It’s ok to let the onions pick up a little color from the bottom of the pan. You don’t want them to burn but it’s ok to let them brown. If the pan gets too dry while cooking just add in a little more butter or olive oil.

Deglaze the bottom of the pan with balsamic vinegar, stir to pick up all the flavor off the pan and once your onions are dark brown they are ready. Taste your onions and add in more sugar or salt if needed.

Note: Because the onions are cooked down in beer they can pick up a bit of the bitterness from the beer. This is totally normal. That’s why I incorporated brown sugar to offset the bitterness and mellow out the flavor. Plus the sweet onions on top of the meat are perfection! So don’t worry if they taste just a tad sweeter than typical caramelized onions.

For gremolata:
Mix all ingredients together and set aside. You can adjust the level of ingredients based on personal preference

Now I know you are all crazy about giveaways and I’m here to offer you the perfect holiday giveaway. Up for grabs is a $200 gift card (that you can use to buy some ice cold Newcastle Brown Ale) and some fun kitchen goodies! Now I know rules are a bummer but there are always a few:
– You must be 21 to enter (because this giveaway is sponsored by Newcastle you will have to provide a quick picture of your ID after winning so it can be confirmed that you are in fact over 21)
– You must live in the US

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Newcastle Brown Ale but all opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Make sure to visit Newcastle on Facebook and on Twitter!

75 Responses to “Newcastle Brown Ale Marinated Hanger Steak”

  1. #
    Lisa Brown — December 11, 2015 at 6:22 am

    I would use the ale in a bread recipe, maybe even add nuts to the bread recipe and bake freshly made bread.

  2. #
    Janet W. — December 11, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I would love to use it as a marinade next time we grill filets.

  3. #
    Liz S. — December 11, 2015 at 7:26 am

    I would incorporate Newcastle Brown Ale in my recipes, by using it in a decadent batch of brownies.

  4. #
    Marye — December 11, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Oh my goodness! This looks so good, I will need to try this!

  5. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — December 11, 2015 at 8:32 am

    Flank steak is one of my favorites. Love everything about this.

  6. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 11, 2015 at 8:39 am

    Josh would LOVE this! Definitely happening soon 😉

  7. #
    Natalie — December 11, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I would love to make a steak and Ale pie with mushrooms!

  8. #
    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — December 11, 2015 at 8:44 am

    I am with you 100% on red meat for Christmas! That steak is perfectly cooked and calling my name! And it doesn’t sound any better than beer caramelized onions with it.

  9. #
    Ali @ Home & Plate — December 11, 2015 at 8:49 am

    This looks so delicious. This would be perfect for a weekend dinner with friends. Love the choice of beer you chose for the marinade. Yum!

  10. #
    Amanda — December 11, 2015 at 9:22 am

    You basically just made all my dreams come true. This recipe… well. Perfection. I haven’t had a New Castle in years, but now I am going to make a special trip to the store to get some!!!

  11. #
    beth — December 11, 2015 at 9:26 am

    i’d use the ale in chili – adds a nice undertone to the flavors.

  12. #
    bianca @ Sweet Dreaming — December 11, 2015 at 10:06 am

    in chili or a batch of beer bread!!

  13. #
    Tonia from TheGunnySack — December 11, 2015 at 10:08 am

    That steak is beyond amazing!

  14. #
    Melanie M. — December 11, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Duh!…This recipe!!!

  15. #
    Melissa Falk — December 11, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Who doesn’t love a drunken steak? Nicely done, Brandy!

  16. #
    Danae @ Recipe Runner — December 11, 2015 at 10:55 am

    Dang girl! You cooked this steak to perfection! Love those caramelized onions on top too!

  17. #
    heather @french press — December 11, 2015 at 11:01 am

    this, I would make this! we are definitely a red meat for Christmas family!!

  18. #
    Laura R — December 11, 2015 at 11:26 am

    drinking it while cooking!!

  19. #
    Cindy Merrill — December 11, 2015 at 11:33 am

    I would use New Castle Brown Ale for my Grand father’s Molasses spice cookie recipe, which calls for dark ale.

  20. #
    Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious — December 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I agree that Christmas is for beef! I’ve been roasting beef lately, but my absolute fave cut is skirt steak or hanger steak or flank, so I’d like to give your recipe a go!

  21. #
    Sarah — December 11, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Looks incredible! 🙂

  22. #
    Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen — December 11, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    Truth? I wimpered a wee bit while looking at these photos – this looks ridiculous! Newcastle just so happens to be my favorite beer, so aside from drinking it, I would also use it to our fave Brown Ale Rolls…and this. Totally this.

  23. #
    HS — December 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I would use it in beef stew.

  24. #
    Sandy Headtke — December 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    I would use the beer to make beer bread to go along with the chile with beer. Served with beer to drink of course.

  25. #
    Amy S. — December 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I would use it in chili or beef stew.

  26. #
    Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife — December 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    This looks AMAZING! I love cooking with beer and would definitely use it in meat marinades, but also stews and winter desserts.

  27. #
    Nancy Leneis — December 11, 2015 at 1:32 pm

    Ale tenderizes meats and imparts such a rich flavor. I would add to a crockpot pot roast and add more at the end to enrich the gravy.

  28. #
    Shashi at RunninSrilankan — December 11, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of turkey and ham either! I’m thinking Cornish hens with a Newcastle brown ale marinade/sauce need to happen!

  29. #
    Nela Holmes — December 11, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I would use it in a savory pie, and bread recipes

  30. #
    CC — December 11, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    This one looks GR8 Brandy! #NewCastle BrownAle would make a great addition to my beer breads! Happy Holidays!

  31. #
    LaTanya — December 11, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I would put it in some beef stew

  32. #
    gerry @ Foodness Gracious — December 11, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    You nailed this recipe!! Looks so damn tasty 🙂

  33. #
    Lauren @ Wicked Spatula — December 11, 2015 at 3:41 pm

    That is one perfect looking steak!

  34. #
    Rachel Cooks — December 11, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Can you come to my house and cook this for me?

  35. #
    Holly — December 11, 2015 at 7:01 pm

    I saw a recipe for an orange and ale vinaigrette the other day that I’m really curious to try!

  36. #
    Catherine — December 11, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    Dear Brandy, your steak is cooked to perfection and sounds out of this world fantastic! I would love to try this…I can only image how good it is. xo, Catherine

  37. #
    Jen — December 11, 2015 at 7:57 pm

    I’d love to make some beer cheese soup!

  38. #
    Thomas Murphy — December 11, 2015 at 8:02 pm

    I would use it in beef stew.

  39. #
    Julia — December 11, 2015 at 8:09 pm

    That steak is cooked perfectly. I love that you used Newcastle to marinate it!

  40. #
    Dorothea — December 11, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    I love rustic quick breads, and I think incorporating the Newcastle Brown Ale in a whole wheat bread or an Irish Soda bread would be delicious and worth a try!

  41. #
    Anne — December 11, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I have a baking bowl that I use for beer bread, and I bet the bread would be great with some Newcastle. It would also be good instead of red wine in beef stew.

  42. #
    carol clark — December 12, 2015 at 12:07 am

    id so some brisket i know my friend uses beer but id bet you this would be just fine for it

  43. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — December 12, 2015 at 3:00 am

    This is certainly gorgeous! I love new ways to cook steak!

  44. #
    Cori — December 12, 2015 at 8:02 am

    I’d like to try this recipe with the beer. Your pictures are making me want steak right now for breakfast. Looks amazing!

  45. #
    Sheena @Tea and Biscuits — December 12, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Oh my, you’re so right, I NEED this steak right now! It’s looks fantastic, gorgeous photos as always!

  46. #
    Lauren — December 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

    A good ol’ flank steak would be fab to try this with!

  47. #
    Devin — December 12, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    Would make a good medium for braising beef.

  48. #
    amanda @ fake ginger — December 12, 2015 at 5:54 pm

    I want a red meat Christmas, too! This looks SO delicious. Totally better than turkey.

  49. #
    Dominique Brooks — December 12, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    I would use it in a marinade!

  50. #
    Amanda Sakovitz — December 12, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    id marinate chicken in it

  51. #
    Gina M — December 13, 2015 at 8:28 am

    I would use it to make some delicious beer bread! Yum!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    wildorchid985 AT gmail DOT com

  52. #
    Kelly D — December 13, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    I would make a shrimp with ale sauce dish.

  53. #
    Karen D — December 13, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I’d use it in a fondue, chili, and gingerbread

  54. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — December 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Steak > turkey/ham ANY day in my book especially when there’s beer involved.

  55. #
    Jessica — December 13, 2015 at 6:21 pm

    I would try to make a cheese/beer soup…a cozy dish to curl up with this winter!

  56. #
    Jennifer Hayden — December 13, 2015 at 9:00 pm

    I love beer in my chili or roast beef. I love New Castle so would love to try it in my recipes!

  57. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — December 13, 2015 at 10:12 pm

    Totally completely in love with this recipe, I adore caramelized onions and the fact that its soaked with beer makes me drool!

  58. #
    Stefanie Gladden — December 13, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I would make a Newcastle Brown Ale marinade for my chicken or steak!

  59. #
    Natalie — December 14, 2015 at 7:41 am

    I would use this Ale as a marinade for chicken!

  60. #
    Leann Lindeman — December 14, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I like to put beer in my chili!

  61. #
    Brenda Haines — December 14, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Oh, I would make some beer braised short ribs. Thanks for the chance!

  62. #
    Sarah Hayes — December 14, 2015 at 6:47 pm

    Id love to use it in Chili

  63. #
    Julie @ Willow Bird Baking — December 14, 2015 at 9:30 pm

    I CANNOT even deal with how amazing this looks!!

  64. #
    Carolsue — December 15, 2015 at 2:56 am

    I would try a recipe for Beer and Ale Stew

  65. #
    Erin M. — December 15, 2015 at 5:24 am

    I would make beer bread!

  66. #
    Wehaf — December 15, 2015 at 11:45 am

    I would use it to make beer bread!

  67. #
    Kim Henrichs — December 15, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    I would absolutely love to try this with some cheese fondue!!

  68. #
    Vickie — December 16, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I want to try it just they way you prepared it, but I also bet it would make an awesome addition to a beef stew

  69. #
    Josh Lippman — December 17, 2015 at 12:20 am

    A marinade or some beer brats….

  70. #
    Susan V. — December 17, 2015 at 1:20 am

    I like making beer waffles, so I would use it for that.

  71. #
    Brittany Koelmel — December 17, 2015 at 11:14 am

    Oh my! I would love to use it for a marinade or just to chug! Newcastle beer is DELISH!

  72. #
    Michelle @ Blackberry Babe — December 17, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    Holy buckets, this looks INCREDIBLE! I love Newcastle, and think it makes a great overnight marinade for almost any cut of beef. Love this recipe!

  73. #
    MaryAnne JK — December 17, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    the beverage of choice for our full blown potroast and all the trimmings dinner

  74. #
    Lisa @ The Cooking Bride — December 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    I was just scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed and this stopped me in my tracks. Oh my word, this looks divine!

  75. #
    Vicki Bensinger — December 22, 2018 at 10:36 am

    I was planning to make my prime rib for a small group but now I’m thinking i need to try this. It reminds me of my beef fajitas which we all love and quite frankly as you say isn’t as filling as prime rib. This looks so good. I will definitely try this if not for Xmas Eve then another day for sure.

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