Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Sugar Steak with Bourbon is an easy and mouthwatering way to ring in the new year!  Packing a flank steak with brown sugar, bourbon and red pepper flakes makes an irresistible crust and adds a flavor that’s divine!

While I love throwing it on the grill, at this time of year, the broiler will work wonders.

Finally, it’s only a 4-ingredient recipe that has dinner on the table in under 45 minutes (30 minutes are marinating time)! 

Begin by layering a flank steak with light brown sugar, bourbon and red pepper flakes.  Rub it into the steak and place the steak and sugar mixture into a zip-lock plastic bag.  Let it rest for a minimum of 30 minutes.  The sugar will start to create a syrup.

Now, either broil or grill the steak.  It doesn’t take long…about 9-10 minutes total.  Let the steak rest for a few minutes, thinly slice it and serve!

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Sugar Steak with Bourbon

Makes: 3-4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 9-10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes plus chill time 30 minutes


  • 1 flank steak (about 1 & 1/2 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Kosher salt


Layer together the flank steak, sugar, bourbon, and red pepper flakes in a bowl. Rub the sugar and red pepper flakes into the steak. Put the steak in a 1-gallon plastic bag, add the remaining sugar mixture, seal the bag, and let it rest in the fridge for at least 30 minutes and up to 3 hours.

Heat the broiler (or grill) and lay the steak on a baking sheet (one that you’re ok with warping under the broiler). Generously season the steak all over with salt. Place the steak under the broiler — it should be 4 to 6 inches from the flame — and broil for 3 minutes on each side for medium rare. Transfer the steak to a cutting board and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes, then cut into 1/4-inch slices. Serve with mashed potatoes and sautéed bitter greens.


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