Flank steak

Festive meal plan: Our three B's menu gives plenty of opportunity for dad to let loose. Kick things off with a bourbon cocktail freshened with ginger beer. (Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune)

Prep: 15 minutes
Marinate: 2 hours or more
Cook: 20 minutes
Rest: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6

Note: From "Bourbon," by Kathleen Purvis.


1/4 cup hoisin sauce

1 tablespoon honey

1 teaspoon cayenne

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoons bourbon

1 flank steak, 1 1/2 to 2 pounds


1. Whisk together the hoisin sauce, honey, cayenne, garlic and bourbon in a small bowl. Place the flank steak in a glass baking dish large enough to hold it in a single layer or in a large, resealable freezer bag. Add the marinade; turn the steak over several times to coat it.

2. Cover if using a glass dish; refrigerate at least 2 hours, or marinate at room temperature for no more than 1 hour.

3. Heat a gas grill or prepare a charcoal fire for direct grilling. Remove the flank steak from the marinade; grill, 10-15 minutes per side, depending on thickness. (When you poke the thickest part with your finger, it should feel like it's beginning to get firm.)

4. Remove from the grill; let stand, 10 minutes. Slice diagonally across the grain; season with salt to taste.

Nutrition information:
Per serving: 174 calories, 8 g fat, 3 g saturated fat, 68 mg cholesterol, 1 g carbohydrates, 23 g protein, 62 mg sodium, 0 g fiber.

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