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Secrets for the Ultimate Tender & Flavorful Philly Cheese Steak

Philly Steak Sandwich BEST EVER

Do you know the secrets for a GOOD Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich? One with tender meat, not chewy and tough like the soles of your shoe? A steak sandwich with flavors that don’t over power the meat, but complements it perfectly. 

I have solved all these problems for you with my own authentic cheese-steak recipe!

First of all the NO chewy or tough meat here because I tell you which cut of meat to purchase; I wish I would have known that years ago!

For the sauce.  I have created for you the most amazing marinade that I think you will fall in love with. In fact, the depth of layers of spice are just the right combination and work so well together, that you will crave this steak sandwich even while you eat it!

Cooking this meat so it’s perfectly tender –  there’s a secret trick, along with the marinade. See, cooking the philly steak meat over the grill on these special mats, gives you the ability to cook your meat to your preference; whether medium rare, or well done, it will be scrumptious and tasty!

A GREAT Philly Cheese Steak needs crisp vegetables, and I haven’t forgotten those. Add them on to your liking, and  you’re on your way to an amazing cheese steak sandwich.

Traditionally, this type of steak sandwich is topped with pepper jack cheese, but you can put your  favorite type on top and let it melt all over to perfection.

Place it all on a fabulous hoagie roll and you have a 5-Star, gourmet-top rated meal you will dream about at nights!

Seriously folks, this is an all-time favorite at our house because of the melt-in-your mouth meat that has the right seasonings in the marinade. The slight crunch in the veggies and the cheese that is oozing with gooeyness; all on a wonderfully toasted bun. I have a video to show you how EASY this comes together:)



Secrets for the Ultimate Tender & Flavorful Philly Cheese Steak


2-3 lbs. of good beef top sirloin steak; trimmed of fat, then sliced very thin


Marinade – 

1 tsp. beef bouillon

1/2 tsp. onion powder

2 Tbl. Worcestershire sauce 

3 Tbl. water

2 Tbl. seasoned rice vinegar

2 Tbl. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Montreal Steak Seasoning, click HERE

1 Tbl. chopped garlic



Sliced green and red bell pepper – 1 of each, or more to your liking

Sliced onion – 1 medium, or more to your liking

Sliced mushrooms – 8 oz, or more to your liking

Sliced Pepper Jack cheese, or your preference

Sliced GOOD hoagie type rolls, ones that can stand up to the hot ingredients, but are soft in the middle so they are easy to eat





Mix together the marinade ingredients; the beef bouillon, onion powder, Worcestershire sauce, water, seasoned rice vinegar, balsamic vinegar, Montreal Steak Seasoning and chopped garlic in a bowl or in a zip lock baggie is what I prefer. 

BEST EVER Philly Steak SandwichGive it a mix to combine.

Add in the meat.

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Let it rest and allow the meat to swim in the marinade to soak in all the amazing flavor for 2-3 hours, turning the bag over a couple of times.

Now if you are using the really cool GRILLING MATS  to cook this Philly Steak on, which I highly recommend because it gives it such a fabulous flavor.

Heat the charcoal according to directions on the bag. 

Meanwhile, prepare the fresh veggies you are going to add into the meat as you cook.

Cut up the peppers you are using into thin strips

Cut the onions into rings or thin slices, then halves and separate as shown.Purchase pre-sliced mushrooms, or slice them up now.

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

When the charcoal is perfect (you can cook this Philly Steak Sandwich on a non-stick fry pan over medium high heat over your stove using the same process) Royal BBQ Grilling MatsPlace the Grilling BBQ Grill Mat  right on the hot grate. I know crazy right!?! Royal BBQ Grilling MatsAdd some meat with a little of the marinade, but not too much, being careful not to get burned.

Do you know what tongs I like to use? I found these super long BBQ and grilling tools that are perfect! They protect you from getting burned since you are back from the heat. You can find them by clicking HERE.

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

With a long spatula and tongs, turn the meat and veggies to keep them from burning, but to cook them perfectly

When they are done to perfection – which is when the meat is cooked through to your liking, and the vegetables are still a bit crisp, NOW add on your cheese.

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Let it melt till it’s all ooey and gooey.

You can also toast your hoagie roll if you’d like on the same mat!

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Best Ever Philly Steak Sandwich

Now carefully, place the BEST EVER PHILLY STEAK onto your prepared bun.

TIP:  At this point, I personally took the mat OFF of the grill and placed it where it could cool.  Philly Steak Sandwich BEST EVERNow WHY do I like these grill mats so much? Let me tell you more about them. 

Look at how icky this mat was after cooking some chicken on it. I thought NO way is this stuff going to come Royal BBQ Grilling MatsI put it in the sink, gave a little squirt with the dish soap. In a few spots I did have to use a bit of elbow grease when I cooked with things with sugar, like BBQ sauce, but mostly just a little scrubby- scrub-scrub and …… Royal BBQ Grilling MatsGave it a Royal BBQ Grilling MatsSHIZAM  – CLEAN!!! Royal BBQ Grilling MatsThese  Grilling BBQ Grill Mats are remarkable!

  • The price is fantastic!
  • You can put them in the dishwasher and of course they are reusable.
  • Ratings are fabulous and it is FDA Approved and PFOA Free

Here are a few more ideas of how to use these AMAZING mats I thought of:

  • Pizza
  • Grilled fruit
  • Fajitas
  • Pancakes
  • Anything, all you have to do is just control the heat of the charcoal

For this delectable meal, I put down  bit of flavored olive oil infused with herbs on the mat, along with the fish, and it was sssooo good; just remember to watch out that the oil doesn’t get by the flames.Royal Grilling BBQ Mats www.amothersshadow.comAnd DESSERT of course – just watch the heat, it has to be like the oven temperature remember and use the lid to cook these. They were a bit tricky:)Royal Grilling BBQ Mats www.amothersshadow.comCarrie Groneman’s recipe, copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2019

I have created SCRUMPTIOUS Grill Mat RECIPES just for YOU! The BEST EVER BBQ GRILL MAT RECIPES Ebook has 6 Recipes, including preparation and use of grill mats:  

Best Ever BBQ Grilled Chicken Drumsticks (This recipe features my homemade barbecue sauce that I share with you, it’s delicious on so many things. Be sure to serve extra on the side.)

Fabulous BBQ Thai Chicken Satay Bites (Perfect as an appetizer or snack and the easy homemade Peanut dipping sauce is aahhmazing)

Sassy Grilled Orange Shrimp  (Great on its own or fabulous on a salad with an Asian flavor)

Supreme Grilled Chicken Thighs with Homemade Dry Rub (I created a dry rub especially for those of you who don’t like sauce, and boy this is a good one.)

Grilled Marinated Vegetables  (This is a sure-fire favorite with all ages. Included in with this terrific collection so it’s handy right at your finger tips.)

Best Ever Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich (Even those who are Philly Steak snobs have enjoyed this every time I’ve made it. It has wonderful flavor and comes together so easily on the mats. I have a YouTube video you can watch also!)

Order your EBOOK copy of the 6 recipes for successful cooking on grill mats NOW

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  • Diane Roark says:


    Your Philly Cheese Steak looks amazing. I would have never thought about making it on the grill mates. I have one and love it but use it a lot for baking instead of the grill. I am going to have to grill this delicious looking Cheese Steak.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Diane Roark

    • Oh please let me know if you try the Philly Steak on your grill mats! We LOVE them and have made them several times…you know taste testing and quality control, right, lol. Thank you for coming by Diane.

  • This looks delicious Carrie! The hubby loves philly cheesesteak, but we don’t eat it much because I am picky and don’t like chewy meat either, so it’s hard to find a good one. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • I hope you get a chance to try it soon Linda, this steak is SO good! I worked on the the marinade and if your meat is great quality, you will NOT be ‘chewing’ or gnawing, lol. Let me know if you like it. Thanks for coming by.

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