Dan’s Famous Whiskey Steak

Dan’s Famous Whiskey Steak is a family favorite dinner! An easy steak recipe spiked with a touch of whiskey for extra flavor and tenderness!

We use our favorite steak marinade for this steak recipe, but you can use it on chicken or pork too! The whiskey and ketchup not only flavor the meat but tenderizes it to make the most juicy, tender steak ever.

One of our new favorite steak marinades is this Fiesta Steak Marinade which uses cilantro, cumin, garlic and lime juice and everyone LOVES it!

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak is a marinated steak recipe

The Best Steak Marinade Recipe

There are so many steak marinades that you can choose from, and I do suggest that you try as many as you can, starting with Dan’s Famous Whiskey Steak.

We’ve tried a lot obviously, just from researching recipes to family favorites like this French Dressing Steak. As much fun as it is trying new recipes though we do have our favorites.

An interesting thing about this whiskey marinade is that it not only adds flavor to the steak but it tenderizes the meat as well. Ketchup has a natural acidity that breaks down the meat and makes it super tender, so I add it to a lot of my marinade recipes.

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak is a flank steak recipe that is marinated with whiskey

I’ve seen different versions of this whiskey marinade recipe with similar ingredients but I have to say, I totally perfected this recipe! Using simple, but super flavorful ingredients that everyone should have around at all times.

What Ingredients Do I Need For This Steak Marinade?

  • Ketchup: Ketchup might seem like an odd ingredient but it adds a ton of flavor and also tenderizes the steak!
  • Garlic: Lots of chopped garlic, fresh is best!
  • Whiskey: A shot or two of your favorite whiskey adds flavor and helps to tenderize the steak.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: The easiest way to add tons of flavor to just about anything.
  • Soy Sauce: Soy sauce adds that delicious “I can’t put my finger on it” flavor to this steak marinade along with a little sodium to also aid in tenderizing the beef.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil adds the best flavor to this steak marinade, but you can also use avocado oil and even a stronger flavored oil like peanut oil.

How Do I Make This Steak Recipe?

Just whisk the ingredients together for the marinade and get yourself a nice, big flank steak. Pour the marinade over the steak in a glass dish or a resealable bag and let it sit. I really like to give this whiskey steak a soak overnight, but at least get this ready first thing in the morning on the day you want to grill it.

24 hours is best, you’ll be happy you waited.

Before your steak goes on the grill, wipe off most of the excess marinade with paper towels, it has done its job. Some of the marinade will stay n your steak sand it will caramelize on the grill in the most amazing way.

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak is a steak recipe that marinates for 24 hours before grilling

Tips To Make The Best Grilled Steak!

One thing you need to remember is that once you get your steak on the grill – leave it alone. Don’t keep moving it around or the meat won’t sear on the outside, and in this case the marinade won’t caramelize and you’ll end up with a mess.

You also have to make sure that your grill is at the right temperature, in this case a medium high heat. Not to low, not too high.

After your steak is cooked to your liking, remove the steak from the grill, cover it with foil and let it rest for a good 5-10 minutes before slicing. See the temperatures below for cooking times!

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak Whiskey Steak is a tender flank steak recipe

What Temperature Do You Take The Steak Off The Grill?

These temperatures are for when you take the meat off the grill, then it will rise a few more degrees during the resting period.

  • Rare: 130°F – 135°F
  • Medium Rare: 140°F – 145°F
  • Medium: 155°F – 160°F
  • Well Done: 165°F – 170°F

Flank steak is usually thicker on one side and thinner on the other so there’s going to be a few slices that will please everyone!

Dan's Famous Whiskey Steak is a steak recipe that makes a very tender, juicy grilled steak

Even if you aren’t a whiskey drinker, grab and airplane bottle or two and throw it in here. You don’t have to drink it straight but I promise you’re going to love the flavor the whiskey adds to this steak marinade.

Remember also that the whiskey helps to tenderize the beef so it’s not something you want to leave out of this marinade recipe. This is one of those steak recipes that you’re going to start eating right off the grill, like immediately. But do try and wait to let it rest first!

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Dan’s Famous Whiskey Steak

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 12 hours
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 12 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x

This addicting steak recipe uses a marinade with whiskey and ketchup to tenderize the steak. So you’re not just adding flavor, this marinade is also making the meat super tender and juicy!



1 (3-4 lb.) flank steak (you can also use a different cut of steak, hanger steak, skirt steak, london broil)

Our Favorite Steak Marinade


  1. Add the steak to the marinade in a plastic, sealable bag or a dish and marinate for 12-24 hours.
  2. Heat the grill to medium heat, about 425 degrees.
  3. Remove the steak from the marinade, wiping off the excess but leaving some of the marinade on the steak.
  4. Grill the steak for 4-5 minutes on each side, depending on the thickness of the steak. Refer to the cooking temperatures in the post to help guide you.
  5. Remove the steak from the grill, place on a platter and cover with foil. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  6. Slice the steak against the grain into thin pieces and place back on the platter with any juices from the steak.

Recipe Notes

You can use a larger steak, or two smaller steaks, just adjust the cooking time on the grill.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: grill
  • Cuisine: American

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2 Responses
  1. Tricia

    We just tried this for the first time last night and it was terrific! The steak was very tender and perfectly flavored!

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