After eating this style of steak in a restaurant a few times, I worked on making my own marinade. The results are tender and do not have an overbearing bourbon taste. This marinade is very different from the only other one I have seen on this site.

Recipe Summary

prep:
7 mins
cook:
8 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 steaks
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together the water, bourbon whiskey, soy sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice in a bowl, and pour into a plastic zipper bag. Add the rib-eye steaks, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 8 hours or overnight.

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  • Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.

  • Remove the rib-eye steaks from the marinade, and shake off excess. Discard the remaining marinade. Grill the steaks on high, 1 to 2 minutes per side, to sear the meat. Move the steaks to a cooler part of the grill and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes per side, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

616 calories; protein 31.9g; carbohydrates 19.1g; fat 34.7g; cholesterol 112.6mg; sodium 2029mg. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2009
I love bourbon steaks that this marinade made for very tasty ones. Only thing I would change is that I would like a little sweeter flavor and will add more brown sugar next time and maybe make extra marinade so that I can baste the steaks while they cook. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2018
Sorry, but a waste of time & ingredients. No amount of time marinating will infuse the whiskey flavor into the steak. And yes, I have tried this method before I discovered the correct way to flavor my steaks. Buy a new spray bottle. Fill with 1/3 Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 whiskey or bourbon, 1/3 water, and a cap full of 'Liquid Smoke'. Shake to mix well. Key to BBQ'ing is too leave your steaks lay out to reach room temperature. Salt & pepper steaks. Place steaks on a HOT grill and intermittently spray mist the steaks with your mixture, even spraying the flames to create a smoke. Flip steaks ONLY once! Remove when desired temperature is met, and let steaks sit for 5 minutes before serving to let the juices settle. FYI, the Grand Champion of BBQ Pit Masters uses this mixture but includes 'Jack Daniels Whiskey'! Enjoy! Read More
(7)
125 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 39
  • 3 star values: 12
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 4 stars
07/23/2009
I love bourbon steaks that this marinade made for very tasty ones. Only thing I would change is that I would like a little sweeter flavor and will add more brown sugar next time and maybe make extra marinade so that I can baste the steaks while they cook. Read More
(84)
Rating: 4 stars
05/03/2010
Excellent marinade! I used strip steaks and added Jim Beam to the marinade. These steaks were delicious and flavorful. I did add a tablespoon of minced garlic, thanks Sassy, and did cut the recipe by 1/2 since we were just marinating 2 steaks. This is definitely enough marinade for six large steaks. Thanks for a great recipe, Nokomo, enjoyed trying this! Read More
(45)
Rating: 4 stars
08/04/2009
It was a flavorful marinade and if you enjoy bourbon whiskey you will love the flavors. I would use more sugar next time as I like mine more on the sweeter side. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2010
VERY good marinade, for any of your steaks. Hint: take the steaks out of the frig to come to room temp (about 30 minutes) before you cook them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/11/2010
We enjoyed this. All I had was Southern Comfort and it turned out great. I also only had 5 hours and we could still taste it in every bite. I am giving this a 5 because if it were to sit 8 hours as directed it would have melted in our mouths. I cannot wait to try this again when I have the time to let it sit properly. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
04/28/2010
I made this for Recipe Group. I thought the bourbon came through too strong on this for me not overpowering just more than I like. It needs something maybe some garlic. I normally don't marinate or rub ribeyes as I like the flavor of the meat to come through. If you like the bourbon flavor you will love this. Thanks Nokomo for the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
AMAZING!!!!!!!! Seriously amazing! I am a LOVER of beef and I truly loved this! The longer you marinade the better. Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
04/26/2010
I followed the recipe exactly even had Rib-Eye Steaks on hand. I marinated for just 8 hours and there was not as much flavored as I hoped there would be. They smelled wonderful on the grill but only a few bites of my steak were full of flavor. I think I will make this again but next time definatly try a 24 hour marinate; I might also try it will chicken breasts. Read More
(8)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2010
This is a great way to give steaks extra flavor. the only change I made was to add some chopped shallot and to reduce the amount of brown sugar to 2 tablespoons. I also marinated some chicken thighs along with the steaks, and they came out super delicious! Read More
(8)
Rating: 2 stars
11/03/2018
Sorry, but a waste of time & ingredients. No amount of time marinating will infuse the whiskey flavor into the steak. And yes, I have tried this method before I discovered the correct way to flavor my steaks. Buy a new spray bottle. Fill with 1/3 Worcestershire sauce, 1/3 whiskey or bourbon, 1/3 water, and a cap full of 'Liquid Smoke'. Shake to mix well. Key to BBQ'ing is too leave your steaks lay out to reach room temperature. Salt & pepper steaks. Place steaks on a HOT grill and intermittently spray mist the steaks with your mixture, even spraying the flames to create a smoke. Flip steaks ONLY once! Remove when desired temperature is met, and let steaks sit for 5 minutes before serving to let the juices settle. FYI, the Grand Champion of BBQ Pit Masters uses this mixture but includes 'Jack Daniels Whiskey'! Enjoy! Read More
(7)
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