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Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

I’ve made some wonderful recipes this summer, but I haven’t used my grill for any of them. The horror! I feel like I need to make up for this oversight, and that means the big daddy of grilling: steak. I combed through my Pinterest boards to find a tempting grilled steak recipe and came up with this Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak. Not only is it a steak, it’s a giant 1.5-pound steak and it’s soaked in bourbon. If that doesn’t make up for mot grilling until now, I don’t know what will!

One of the easiest and most flavorful marinades for steak EVER! Despite the soy sauce, this is not an Asian dish — the bourbon and brown sugar, shine through!

Recipe Author: Lisa at Garlic & Zest
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The Ingredients

This recipe calls for 1.5 pounds of flank steak, so that was at the top of my shopping list. I found a 2-pound flank steak for $14.99 a pound. It sounds like a lot, but it’s not too bad when you realize it serves six. Thinking of it as $5 per serving makes it sound reasonable.

Next up was the bourbon. I didn’t have to shop for that, but I did peruse my bar cabinet. We had a bottle of Jim Beam, the brand suggested in the recipe, so that’s what I used in the marinade.

I had a few other things on hand like brown sugar, spices, and olive oil. I also had tamari, so I used that instead of soy sauce since I prefer it. That left me to shop for fresh thyme and garlic. Easy!

Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak Ingredients
Flank steak, olive oil, thyme, garlic, pepper, brown sugar, bourbon, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes

The Process

You know I love an easy recipe, and this Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak was about as easy as they come. Here’s how my time was spent:

  • 10 minutes to prep
  • 10 minutes to cook
  • 5 minutes to rest
  • 25 minutes total (not including time to marinate)

The marinade was the bulk of the work for this recipe, but it really was simple to make. I added all the ingredients to a mixing bowl, whisked them to mix well, then poured the marinade over the steak.

The flank steak was way too big for a ziplock bag, so I used a 9'x13' baking dish to marinate it. My dish comes with a lid, so it worked out very well. I did have to flip the steak a few times, but it wasn’t much trouble. I just flipped it whenever I opened the refrigerator over the next 24 hours.

Marinating the flank steak in a shallow baking dish
Marinating the flank steak in a shallow baking dish

Grilling my Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak was so easy! All I had to do was preheat the grill (for about 10 minutes), dab the steak with a paper towel, and grill for 5 minutes per side. Then I let it rest for another 5 minutes and carved it into thin strips to serve.

You might ask why I dried the steak. That’s because moisture creates steam, and steam prevents a good sear. Tip: A dry steak (or any cut of meat) sears better on the outside, keeping the inside juicy.

Carving the Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak
Carving the Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak

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The only thing I like more than a grilled steak is a grilled steak that's been marinated in bourbon. Good thing I found this recipe for Bourbon Marinated Grilled Flank Steak! From start to finish, this recipe was easy to follow and easy to make. The brown sugar and bourbon gave it a hint of sweetness that worked surprisingly well with the salty soy sauce. Most of the work is in making the marinade, and even that was simple to do. Grilling it couldn't have been easier, and the suggested time gave me a beautiful medium-rare steak. If you're looking for an easy and tasty summer grilling recipe, you've found it!
I'm Candice, and I'm The Hungry Pinner. I created this blog to share my love for cooking and my experiences with the MANY recipes I've found on Pinterest over the years. Join me as I blog my way through those recipes to find out if they are worth trying yourself.


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