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Bourbon Marinated BBQ Flat Iron Steak with Fried Onions

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Chef John Reis of Hilton Harrisburg shares this recipe for a mouth-watering steak you won't soon forget.



2 oz. bourbon

2 garlic cloves

2 oz olive oil

1 drop liquid smoke

2 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 pinch salt and pepper

1 pinch thyme

2 bay leaves



Combine all ingredients and marinate for a few hours.

Drain steak well. Place on grill and grill for about 3 minutes.

Turn over and brush with the bourbon BBQ sauce. Close lid and grill for another 3-5 minutes or until it reaches a medium rare.

To serve, slice into thin slices and arrange on plate with your favorite vegetable. Ladle some BBQ sauce over it and top with fried onions


Fried onions


1 onion, peeled and sliced thin

½ cup buttermilk

1 cup flour

1 pinch salt



Dip onions in butter milk and then flour, shake excess flour and fry onions in a 350 degrees oil until golden brown, drain into paper towels.


Bourbon BBQ Sauce:


1/2 onion, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 oz olive oil

3/4 cup bourbon whiskey

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 tablespoon salt

2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup tomato paste

1/3 cup cider vinegar

2 tablespoons liquid smoke flavoring

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1/3 teaspoon hot pepper sauce, or to taste



In a large skillet over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, and oil. Saute until onions are translucent. Add whiskey and simmer for about 5 minutes. Mix in the ground black pepper, salt, ketchup, tomato paste, vinegar, liquid smoke, Worcestershire sauce, brown sugar, and hot pepper sauce.

Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer for 20 minutes. Run sauce through a strainer if you prefer a smooth sauce.


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