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  Mark Tuley, left, and Dan Tuley are the sibling duo behind Tuley Brothers Bad Ass Marinade. What started as an obsession with re-creating 5-star steaks turned into a product that enhances any game meat, bird, or seafood.

Mark Tuley, left, and Dan Tuley are the sibling duo behind Tuley Brothers Bad Ass Marinade. What started as an obsession with re-creating 5-star steaks turned into a product that enhances any game meat, bird, or seafood.

The Tuley Brothers, Mark and Dan, are a bad ass grilling duo who've spent years creating the perfect marinade for any meat, game, birds, even seafood and vegetables.  

They call it Tuley Brothers Bad Ass Marinade. You'll call it a miracle. 

Mark and Dan have always loved to grill for large gatherings of family and friends in Evansville, Indiana. They also enjoy traveling and eating out, and they became obsessed with one question:

“Why are the steaks at 5-star steakhouses different from the ones people grill at home? How can home cooks achieve the same results?”

The answer is two-fold. The easy part is the cooking method—we talk about that on the recipe page. 

The hard part is the meat itself. The dry-aged prime beef served in the best steakhouses is not widely available and can be prohibitively expensive. The Tuley's wanted a way to take the meat available in any grocery store or butcher shop and turn it into a 5-star meal. 

That set the brothers off on an obsessive, 12-year search for the perfect marinade recipe. 

They knew they needed something acidic to begin breaking down the meat fibers, but not so acidic that it would “pickle” and toughen the meat. They wanted something that was gentle, not like the 15-minute marinades that contain enzymes so powerful they can dissolve your steak in minutes. 

It needed a little oil to add moisture and protect the meat's surface. It needed ingredients that would enhance the food's natural flavors, not overwhelm them. 

Finally, they wanted one mixture that could tenderize tougher cuts of meat, but add gentle flavor and moisture to already-tender cuts without turning them mushy or gritty. 

Mark and Dan tried all sorts of combinations on all kinds of meat, but the first time they collaborated on a recipe, they hit the jackpot--a mixture based on pineapple juice with a touch of citrus, which can soak into meat overnight to create a cut that is juicy, tender, and flavorful all the way to the middle. 

“Oh man, this is a Bad Ass Marinade!”

They took one bite of that steak, and somebody said “Oh man, this is a Bad Ass Marinade!” The rest is history. 

They marinated beef first. Then they tried it with pork chops and were amazed at the results. Chicken breast and bone-in chicken pieces cooked up nice and brown on the outside, plump and moist on the inside. Shrimp stayed juicy, and powerfully-flavored fish turned out moist and mild when soaked for a few hours in the fabulous marinade. It even gave grilled or sauteed vegetables a flavor boost and a nice caramelized surface.

Soon enough, friends and family were asking the brothers to marinate meat for their own parties. Pretty soon they were at the parties grilling it, too, and that seemed a bit too much like work. So they embarked on the journey to having the marinade bottled. 

It was a long road to getting the mixture just right in a commercial setting—because it had to be just right-- but after two more years of working with Big B bottlers in Evansville, Tuley Brothers Bad Ass Marinade is available to the public. 

If you want your next steak, chop, poultry breast or fish filet to be so Bad Ass it rivals the fare at a 5-star steakhouse, order a few bottles. In the Evansville area, find Tuley Brothers Marinade at Pennyjohn's, Rivertown Butcher Shop, Schnuck's and Wesselman's grocery stores.