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Sweet and Spicy Bourbon Steak Marinade

This is one of the best steak marinade recipes because the bourbon adds a brilliant flavor to the meat. You can use two beef top round steaks, about an inch and a half thick, in this recipe instead of the flank steaks if you like. If so, you will need to broil or grill them for half an hour for a medium rare result.

The lemon juice, sugar, soy sauce, hot pepper sauce, and Worcestershire sauce make this bourbon steak marinade recipe extra meaty and juicy. The lemon juice also helps to tenderize the flank steaks or top round steaks and make them succulent. The hot sauce spices the mixture up, and the sweetness of the brown sugar and sharpness of the lemon counterbalance one another’s flavors, giving your marinade a harmonious taste.

These steaks go well with French fries or potatoes, or whichever side dish you like. When serving this, expect people to remark on the delicious flavor. They will not be able to the taste the bourbon but they will identify a special richness in the taste and probably beg you for the recipe. It is your choice whether or not you will write it down for them, of course.

Rich and Tasty Bourbon Marinade for Steak
Summary: Flank steaks take on a rich and earthy taste when marinated in this bourbon, lemon, hot sauce, and brown sugar mixture, to bring out their excellent meaty flavor.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Marinade
Serves: 4
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  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup bourbon whisky
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 2 well trimmed flank steaks, 1 ½ lbs each
  • ¼ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  1. Mix everything except the steaks in a 2-gallon Ziploc bag, add the steaks, and turn to coat.
  2. Seal the bag and press out the excess air.
  3. Put the bag in a shallow dish and refrigerate for 4 to 12 hours, turning occasionally.
  4. Remove the steaks from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  5. Grill the steaks over a medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare or until they are done as you like them.
  6. Alternatively, you can preheat the broiler and put the steaks on the broiling pan rack.
  7. Broil them close to the heat for 15 or 20 minutes for medium rare.
  8. Put the steaks on a warm platter; let them stand for 10 minutes then slice thinly to serve.

Photo Description:

Since this steak is spiced up with the hot sauce, you might wish to copy the example in the photo and serve a cool, creamy sauce or dip on the side, just to balance out the spiciness. You can see that the steak and sauce are sprinkled with cilantro, and that suits the flavor of this dish, as well as providing a splash of vivid color. This juicy steak is really succulent and you will love its rich flavor. Making a special bourbon marinade brings out the very best in the meat and gives it a remarkable flavor and texture.


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