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BBQ Flank Steak Marinade Recipe

Updated on October 25, 2017
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Try this Marinated Steak Recipe

Anytime of year, its a great time to grill! Anytime of year, it is time to enjoy this marinated BBQ flank steak recipe. This is a great, easy recipe that you can start in the morning and toss over the flame in the evening for a quick, delicious tender steak meal.

We've been enjoying marinated flank steak bfor years. We take it to Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and everything in between!

Be aware, however, that this recipe is fairly salty. Some people love this aspect of the marinated flank BBQ flank steak recipe, while others might prefer something milder. If its too overwhelming, try cutting down the soy sauce by 1/4 cup. Moreover, flank steak is tenderized by the marinade, and not too expensive!

Marinated flank steak
Marinated flank steak

Ingredients for BBQ Flank Steak Marinade Recipe

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 cloves fresh minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (increase to 1/2 t. for more heat)
  • 2 pound beef flank steak (trimmed and washed, patted dry)
  • You will also need a large plastic storage bag in which to marinate the meat

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Directions for Marinated BBQ Flank Steak

  1. In a large, heavy freezer bag, combine marinating ingredients. Take flank steak and, after trimming fat, washing and patting dry, score several times on top and bottom. Add to marinade. Seal bag and set into bowl and refrigerate. Chill at least 1 hour, up to 24 hours. Turn occasionally.
  2. When ready to grill, carefully lift steak from marinade bag. Save marinade and pour into saucepan. Lay steak onto gas grill over high heat. Close lid. Depending on desired temperature, cook each side approximately 3-4 minutes.
  3. Transfer to cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. This is very important as the meat will continue cooking and the juices will run through.
  4. While the meat is resting, bring the remaining marinade to a boil.
  5. Cut meat into slices diagonally. Serve with marinade.

Cook Time for BBQ Flank Steak

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: 8 servings of 4 ounces of steak

Where is Flank Steak from?

Where does the "flank steak" come from? Generally, it can be found on the stomach (belly) side of a cow. The cut is generally, flat and long and not too tough, although marinating it will help make it tender and enjoyable. Most importantly, it is among the most affordable cuts! When buying flank steak, make sure that it has a bright red color.

Other Recipe Suggestions for Marinated Flank Steak

A great suggestion for marinated BBQ flank steak leftovers (or even for first courses) is to put the steak over salad. What ever type of greens you enjoy is a great place to start. We've enjoyed the meat with caesar salad, or a nice green salad with grape tomatoes, red onions, swiss cheese and balsamic vinaigrette.

Salad aside, it is a delicious main course. Potato salad is a great compliment, as are sauteed vegetables. Serve with toasted french bread!

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4.8 stars from 4 ratings of BBQ Flank Steak Marinade Recipe

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      9 years ago

      Use of the marinade is NOT RECOMMENDED from a food safety standpoint. This could have been exposed to any number of foodborne pathogens on the surface of the raw meat. While you heat it up, it still remains more of a risk than the potential reward. If you want to do this make extra marinade and use that. Discard what the raw meat was in.

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      12 years ago

      Looks yummy. Great insight

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      12 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Hey, I hear you about the snow. I'm here in Bend, OR, and we're still getting flurries too. But hey, its going to be 68 on Friday! Cheers!

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      12 years ago from Spokane, WA

      Nice recipe. If it ever stops snowing up here (Spokane, WA - we got some light flurries today) we'll be sure to give it a try. Heck, we may even put on our jackets and grill in the chill!

      I've had some good luck with pre-marinated cuts, but those were from the butcher counter rather than some packaged stuff off the shelf. We generally do our own anyway. Thanks.

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      Stephanie Marshall 

      12 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      Great comments all - Eileen, yes. Don't buy pre-marinated at the supermarket! Especially because there are so many easy ways to do it yourself. I agree. Zsuzsy - let me know what you think! I love balsamic vinegar, so this is one of my favorites! jonixk - it is so good! That's what insprired me for the hub. The temps are finally rising and its that season! :-)

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      12 years ago from Lisbon

      Steph, what a great sugestion this is! I'm reading this recipe and it's almost lunch time, this is really puting water in my mouth. It seems delicious!

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      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Steph! Thanks for sharing. I'm always looking for new marinates for a change in flavour. Once spring hits I'm BBQ almost daily. I've not tried to use balsamic vinegar yet so I will try.  

      great hub regards Zsuzsy

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      Eileen Hughes 

      12 years ago from Northam Western Australia

      Great suggestion. Marinated in great when you do it yourself. BUT I have bought some pre done from the supermarkets.

      Never again. Most of the time, they do that to cover the fact that the meat is to put it bluntly stuffed. No one would buy it if not marinated.


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