If you want a fabulous juicy steak, then you need to make this juicy Whiskey Steak Marinade the next time your grill. Learn how to use different types of whiskey to create savory tender stakes.

This easy steak marinade is a combination of whiskey, garlic, lemon, and Worcestershire that brings out bold flavors in your juicy steaks. All your friends will rave about your steaks!

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whiskey marinade in a sealed jar with pieces of garlic floating on top and a bottle of whiskey setting behind the jar

Why Marinade Your Steaks?

  • It’s all about the flavor! This recipe infuses mellow whiskey notes with earthy garlic and Worcestershire in each bite.
  • When you follow this recipe’s instructions, you are sure to get a tender juicy steak.
  • This marinade can elevate a steak from good to wow, amazing.

If you are an inspiring grill master then you defiantly will want to check out my other barbecue recipes. If you want to be king of the grill, you need to add this easy BBQ Coffee Dry Rub Recipe and Maple BBQ Dry Rub to your spice box. If you want to grill some seafood then try my Lemon Pepper Marinade. Need to sauce it up? Make a batch of Bacon and Whiskey BBQ Sauce or Spicy Coffee BBQ Sauce.

What You Need To Make Steak Marinade

Simple ingredients simmered together will elevate your steaks to a new level of flavor.

ingredients for whiskey steak marinade
  •  whiskey: Choose your favorite brand
  •  brown sugar
  •  soy sauce: if you prefer you could use coconut aminos. If you are watching your salt intake then use low sodium soy sauce
  •  Worcestershire sauce
  • lemon juice: don’t use the green bottle of lemon juice,  freshly squeezed is best
  • lemon zest: wash your lemon well before you grate the rind
  • minced garlic: do not use the already minced garlic in a jar. Fresh minced garlic cloves are best
  • black pepper: I like to use fresh course ground
  • red pepper flakes: These are optional. If you like the taste of spicy heat add the red pepper chili flakes

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Peel garlic and finely chop garlic
  2. Wash the lemon and then zest with a fine grater.
chopped garlic, lemon zested, juicing lemon, pour whiskey
  1. Juice the lemon. I do this after I zest the lemon.
  2. Pour whiskey, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and lemon juice into a saucepan. Add garlic, lemon zest, pepper, and brown sugar.
  3. Bring marinade to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stirring continually to help dissolve the brown sugar, simmer until the alcohol has largely evaporated about 3 minutes.
  4. Allow the marinade to cool to room temperature.
  5. Pierce the meat your plan to marinate thoroughly with a skewer or score it with shallow cuts using a sharp knife.
  6. Place marinade and meat into a ziplock bag. Marinate beef for 1 hour in the refrigerator.

Remove meat from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel before grilling. Discard marinade.

Here is the secret to a great marinated steak!

To infuse the most flavor into a piece of meat, pierce the steak thoroughly with a skewer or score it with shallow cuts. This will help the flavors of your marinade penetrate the meat.

After marinating, be sure to wipe the steak dry before grilling by patting it with a paper towel piece. This will ensure the steak browns properly, forming a crust outside, and sealing the flavors into the meat.

Gina’s Tips For a Great Marinated Steaks

How long should I marinate steak?

It is best to marinate steaks in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 3 hours. You can marinate steak too long. If you leave the steak in the whisky marinade longer it will start breaking down the proteins in your meat. So be careful, you can

How much marinade per pound of steak?

As a general rule, a marinade-to-meat ratio is one-half cup of marinade per pound of meat. This amount will vary depending on the variety, cut, and size of the meat.

You need to have a more kiss-and-go relationship between meat and alcohol. Just a quick soak in a strong whiskey is enough to infuse the flavor.

What type of whiskey is good for marinating meat?

You can change up the flavor of your whiskey-marinated steaks by using different brands of whiskey or bourbon. Jim Beam, Evan Williams, Maker’s Mark, and Wild Turkey are all good choices to make a marinade with.

Jack Daniels marinade

You can use any brand of whiskey in this marinade recipe. If you are a Jack person, then, by all means, use it to infuse your marinade’s flavor into your meats. Just for fun, why not try two marinade batches, one with Jack and one with a good bourbon? See if your guest can tell the difference.

Bourbon marinade for steak

Bourbon will give your marinade a slightly earthier flavor since it is stored in charred oak barrels.

My Favorite Equipment For Marinading

You want to be sure all your meat is covered in the marinade, so I like to use Ziploc Marinade Bags. They are large enough for several pounds of meat, and I am able to shake the bag easily throughout the marinade time.

Can you freeze meat in a marinade?

You can freeze meat with marinade. It would be best to put the meat and marinade directly into the freezer. Then when you are ready to cook your meat, remove it from the freezer and allow it to thaw for 12 hours in the refrigerator before cooking.

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Mellow Whiskey Infused Steak Marinade

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Simmer: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 1.5 cups
 If you want a fabulous juicy steak then you need to make this Whiskey Steak Marinade. This easy steak marinade is a combination of whiskey, garlic, lemon, and Worcestershire that brings out bold flavors in your juicy steaks. All your friends will rave about your steaks!

Note: Be sure to read through the recipe’s post for tips and details about this recipe.

Ingredients
 

  • 1/3 cup whiskey
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, Fresh ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes, optional; add more if you like it really spicy

Instructions
 

  • Peel garlic and finely chop garlic
  • Wash the lemon and then zest with a fine grater.
  • Juice the lemon. I do this after I zest the lemon.
  • Pour whiskey, soy sauce, Worcestershire, and lemon juice into a saucepan. Add garlic, lemon zest, pepper, and brown sugar.
  • Bring marinade to a simmer over medium-high heat. Stirring continually to help dissolve the brown sugar, simmer until the alcohol has largely evaporated about 3 minutes.
  • Allow marinade to cool to room temperature.
  • Pierce the meat your plan to marinate thoroughly with a skewer or score it with shallow cuts using a sharp knife.
  • Place marinade and meat into a ziplock bag. Marinate beef for 1 hour in the refrigerator.
  • Remove meat from marinade and pat dry with a paper towel before grilling. Discard marinade.

Notes

A general rule of marinade-to-meat ratio is one-half cup of marinade per pound of meat. This will vary according to the cut and size of the meat.
Serving: 1.5cups, Calories: 469kcal, Carbohydrates: 82g, Protein: 6g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 3123mg, Potassium: 425mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 75g, Vitamin A: 19IU, Vitamin C: 12mg, Calcium: 104mg, Iron: 3mg
Cuisine: American
Author: Gina Dickson

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