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Matt White Reveals Poppy’s London Broil – Memorial Day Secret Recipes

This recipe comes to you from Matthew White. We’ve pried these secret recipes from the top chefs here at NJ101.5 to bring you their most guarded, family-favorite recipes for this Memorial Day. View the full recipe collection: NJ’s Best Recipes for Memorial Day.


Poppy's London Broil (Matt White)
Poppy’s London Broil (Matt White)

Growing up, cooking was a staple in my family.  Every event resulted in leftovers for the next week for the entire extended family.

My mom’s side of the family is a very large family, with my grandfather serving as the patriarch.  While my Grandma handled everything inside, Poppy always manned the grill.

This side of my family grew up in West Paterson, but during summers, we would hang out at my great uncle’s beach house in Seaside Park, right near Island Beach State Park.  These were some of my fondest memories.

Basically, it was round-the-clock eating, going up to the beach, and spending time with the family on the front patio.

While my grandfather had several signature grilling dishes, his London Broil was always a favorite for everybody, and personally, my favorite dish.  It is a dish that is not overly complicated, but with the right blends of spices and marinades, is a great dish for a BBQ.

It brings back so many great childhood memories of great times at the Jersey Shore.


  • 1- 2 pound London Broil
  • Olive Oil
  • 1 chopped clove of garlic
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of onion powder


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • A few grounds of black pepper
  • A few pinches of salt



Take the London broil and coat the entire outside of the meat with olive oil.  This helps keep all the juices inside of steak when it cooks.

Next, we do a rub on the outside to give you a nice flavored crust. Mix the spices for the rub together. As this recipe has evolved over the years, McCormick’s Cowboy Rub is a great alternative as a rub.

Next, either in a large bowl, we will mix together a wet marinade using:

1 chopped clove of garlic
1/2 cup worchestire sauce
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 teaspoon of onion powder

Stir that all good, and put the London broil in there.  From there, take all of the contents from the bowl and put either saran wrap over it, or pour the marinade and steak into a large Ziploc bag, which is great for marinading.

Let the London broil marinade for anywhere from 2 to 4 hours, depending on how much time you have before you cook.

Light your grill, and let it get it very hot, but then change the heat to medium.  Put your steak on there.

For a medium-cooked steak, let it cook about 6-7 minutes on each side.  With the grill hot, you should have a nice char on each side.

Take the steak off the grill, and let it rest for about 5 to 10 minutes, which also keeps the juices in.

Slice your steak thin, as you see in the picture.

You can eat the thin slices alone, or on good bread as a steak sandwich.

And the topper, which is something I learned from my grandfather, is to top the finished London Broil with lemon pepper seasoning.

There you have it.  I hope you enjoy an old family recipe, and have a wonderful Memorial Day BBQ!

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