Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers are bursting with flavor! Perfect for summer grilling or any day of the year!
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When I posted last summer about getting married, there was one funny question that people asked me over and over again. They wanted to know what the first food I had cooked for my husband was. So many people were curious about this!
I guess first impressions are a big deal, huh? Well, luckily I made a really good first impression on my husband when it came to food. You know how I know? The first meal I ever cooked for him consisted of these Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers.
And let me tell you. These. Are. Delicious. The marinade is easy to throw together, and it imparts an incredible amount of flavor to the steak. Plus, the honey in the marinade gives the most incredible glaze to these skewers, making them completely irresistible!
The other thing I love about this recipe is how completely versatile it is! You can grill it on your barbecue grill, you can grill it in the broiler of your oven, or you can do it on the stovetop using a grill pan! It’s also versatile in terms of how you can prepare it, what kind of meat you can use, etc. I’ve written the instructions out in the FAQ section below, so check it out for the variations!
FAQ About Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers
Scroll passed the FAQ to get to the recipe.
Can I use wooden skewers instead of metal skewers?
I like to use metal skewers because they look really nice, but wooden will work too! In order to avoid having the wood get burnt before the steak is finished cooking, soak the wooden skewers in water for at least 1-2 hours, preferably overnight. This ensures that the skewers are waterlogged, which means they take a lot longer to burn.
Can I use other cuts of meat with this recipe?
For steak skewers, this is definitely my go-to cut of meat, as it’s inexpensive and works really well on the grill. You are definitely welcome to try other cuts of meat, sliced thin, instead.
Can I skip the skewers and grill it plain?
Absolutely! The marinade for this meat is fantastic, whether you grill it as skewers or not. I like to use the same marinade with other cuts of meat as well, such as london broil or oyster steak.
I don’t have any bourbon. Can I use something else? Can I skip it?
Because bourbon is an important ingredient in the flavoring of this dish, I don’t recommend skipping it completely. You can try replacing it with another kind of liquor, such as brandy, rum, whiskey or scotch.
Can I use something instead of the honey?
Yes! Maple syrup (the real kind, not the pancake syrup which I am not a fan of at all!) would be great in this recipe! Agave nectar and brown sugar are suitable replacements as well.
Can I prepare Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers ahead of time?
While this recipe is much better when prepared fresh, you can still prepare it ahead of time. I like to place the marinade and meat in a ziplock bag in the freezer. When ready to grill, simply defrost, skewer and grill as needed. You can also skewer the meat and freeze it that way, so all you have to do before serving is defrost and grill.
Do I need to use a barbecue grill for this recipe?
You don’t! This recipe will work well in the broiler of your oven, or even in a grill pan.
Can I make this into a steak salad?
You sure can! I would add it to one of the following salads:
or you can use the steak with your favorite veggies and dressing! Have fun putting together your favorites.
What kind of bourbon should I use in this recipe?
My father, who is quite the bourbon aficcionado, taught me from an early age that there is drinking bourbon (the good stuff) and cooking/baking bourbon. Cooking bourbon, my father explains, is not cheap, it’s inexpensive. My go-to for recipes like this one, is Heaven Hill (my father’s recommendation).
Are these Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers good for shabbos lunch?
Absolutely! They’re a great shabbos lunch dish. You can serve them warmed up (on top of a crockpot or hot place) or you can serve them at room temperature. Both ways will be delicious. (For best results, I don’t recommend serving these cold.)
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- 2 Tablespoon oil
- 2 Tablespoon bourbon
- 3 Tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 lb sandwich steak cut into strips
- Combine all ingredients other than meat in a ziplock bag.
- Add meat and set aside to marinate for a few hours, up to overnight.
- Remove meat from marinade and thread onto skewers.
- Grill on high for 3-4 minutes per side, until the outside is charred.
Tools Needed to Make Honey Bourbon Steak Skewers
Tongs If you’re using metal skewers, it’s extra important, because the metal will be hot and burn you if you touch it.
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