What can I use to tenderize meat?
How to Tenderize Meat: 6 Easy Ways to Tame Those Tough Cuts Beat it. Pounding meat with a mallet is a surprisingly effective way to tenderize it. Marinate with acid. Acids can help break down tough meat. Marinate with enzymes. Several fruits, such as papaya, pineapple, kiwi and Asian pear, contain enzymes that help tenderize meat. Salt it. Slice it right. Slow-cook it.