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1st flank steak... one question...

DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
edited 3:36PM in EggHead Forum
I searched the forum and two bits of advice kept popping up... "marinate" and "sear"... My question: Will searing remove any seasoning from the marinade? I know it burns off most of the spices (other than salt) in rubs.

I hope not because it's in a bourbon marinade right now.


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    Usually the heavy sugar rubs burn. I poke holes with a fork or jaccard and place in a ziploc bag for a few hours or overnight. Here is a recipe that I sampled at Eggtoberfest and it is to die for.

    Flank Steak, Marinade, Kent BBQ

    1 1/2 Lbs FlankSteak
    1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
    1/4 Cup Oil
    3 Tbs Dry sherry
    2 Tbs Honey
    1 Clove Garlic
    1/4 Cup Chopped Onions
    1 1/2 Tsp Ginger

    1 Mix the marinade ingredients, add the flank steak and marinate overnight in the refrigerator or at room temperature for at least 4 hours. (A large Zip-Lock bag works great for this)
    2 Grill over high heat, 500°F+ about 4 minutes per side. After removing the flank steak from the grill, let it "sit" for approximately 15 minutes for the juices to rest, then slice diagonally against the grain for tender, juicy meat.
    3 Goes great with rice for dinner with a salad or with sliced French bread as an appetizer.
    4 Serve hot or cold.

    Recipe Type
    Beef, Main Dish, Marinade

    Cooking Tips
    Recipe can be doubled, tripled- In fact when we make it, I often multiply it by 7 or 8 as it is so popular and we cook 12#'s at a time.
    Two keys to getting it just right (in my opinion) is to use lump charcoal and once you sear it on one side, take it off of the grill and "dip" it in the marinate again before searing the other side. This slows the cooking process of the inside to ensure a nice rare/medium rare while still getting the char on the outside. The dip thing is a little messy at first until you get in "the groove" then you can dip and flip without a mess. You can also add a piece of soaked fruit wood (apple, cherry, pear, plum, etc.) to the coals if you like.

    Recipe Source
    Author: Brian & Marilyn Sessions

    Source: BGE Eggtoberfest '10, Kent BBQ, 2010/10/16
  • Hi,

    I marinade with some red wine vinegar & olive oil with oregano, marjoram, basil flakes, kosher salt, fresh ground pepper, garlic powder, garlic powder. I let it sit for 4 hrs or more.

    I find that the dried ingredients mix up really well for a quick marinade and settle in the grains of the flank steak.. I also hot tub my flank steak and then do a sear on a cast iron grid..
  • thebtlsthebtls Posts: 2,300
    ID be less worried about that vs tenderness, I never get good results from flank unless I stir fry it personally.
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  • thirdeyethirdeye Posts: 7,428

    Searing will definitely have an effect on the surface, so don't get too carried away with a super hot fire. Flank and skirt steak are naturally tough (hence the marinade), so don't try to cook it too fast. I generally make a bigger batch of marinade and reserve some for basting during the cook. (Don't use the marinade you used with the meat unless you boil it for 5 minutes or so)

    The best advice is to go really long on your marinade time, unless there is something like lime or lemon juice in there. (it can make your steak mushy) I go at least a couple of days and longer if I'm using some of the Asian marinades.

    Happy Trails

    Barbecue is not rocket surgery
  • RogerTRogerT Posts: 53
    I did this recipe last night. Wow, it was totally awesome. Didn't have honey so substituted 2T of brown sugar, and did not have any Sherry. Used a lot more garlic too. This actually marinated for a couple of days. Cooked on cast iron grate at normal height. Had some sticking problems on the first side, but the second side was fine. Figured it must have been because of the Brown sugar. Pulled at about 130 or so, and tented for about 10 minutes. 500-550* temp.

    Easy, fast, delicious cook.
  • I stumbled upon/discovered that searing flank at the end of the cook works best. Cook it direct low about 250-300 until you get it nearly the temp you want it (or about 5-10 degrees below). Then take the daisy wheel off and open the bottom for the last couple of minutes. It's also crucial to cut against the grain, thin and at a downward angle, about 45 degrees.
  • The key is the slice...across the grain...For sure it will not be as tender as a filet, but hey $12 feeds a family of 4 so go figure...This is one of our most frequent cooks and the family loves it!!!
  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 318
    Mindful of the brown sugar in the marinade, I decided not to sear the steak. 90 min in the hot tub at 105° followed by 10 min per side raised direct at 375° produced a tender, tasty piece of meat. Bit of gray around the pink center that might be avoided by less Egg time at a higher temp but didn't want to burn the marinade.

    Thanks again
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