Bourbon Steak Marinade, Hold the Bourbon

It’s officially grilling season.  Tim and I love to grill out this time of year.  I like to play around with different marinades to add excitement to whatever meat we are grilling.  Tim requested steaks, so I thought it would be fun to try to make a bourbon marinade.  I went to the kitchen and started looking around, and we had a lot of great stuff for a marinade, but no bourbon.  Not to be defeated, I reached for the next best thing, whiskey.  And by next best thing, I mean “thing we never drink but for some reason have at our house so we might as well use it to marinade meat.”

Many of you will be grilling this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day – the perfect opportunity to give this marinade a try!  It’s super simple to throw together, makes the meat super juicy, and gives it such a delicious, well-rounded flavor that will have your mouth watering!

Steak Marinade


  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1  Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic, minced or grated on microplane
  • about 20 peppercorns


Whisk all ingredients together until well incorporated.  Pour into a large zip top bag with your steaks.  Refrigerate for an hour up to overnight.  Cook steak however you like.

I used this with two ribeyes, but you could probably use this for up to four reasonably sized steaks.  Or you could easily multiply the recipe to make more.

Happy Memorial Day!

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