Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak Recipe -
Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak Recipe
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Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak
Cola and coffee create the perfect marinade for juicy skirt steak. See more
  • READY IN 8+ hrs

Grilled Coffee and Cola Skirt Steak

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"Two great drinks equals one fantastic marinade for skirt steak, the juiciest and most flavorful piece of meat you can put on a grill. It's smoky and subtly sweet. The flavors are balanced perfectly with the bitterness of the coffee in the grill marks. I really hope you'll give this a try."

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  1. Place garlic into a nonreactive bowl and whisk in cola, coffee, rice vinegar, ketchup, black pepper, 1 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and hot sauce until thoroughly combined.
  2. Unroll the skirt steak and cut into 6-inch lengths with the grain, using a kitchen scissors. Submerge the meat totally in the marinade; place a piece of plastic wrap onto meat and marinade surface. Marinate 8 to 12 hours in refrigerator or overnight.
  3. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.
  4. Remove meat from marinade; save the marinade. Pat meat thoroughly dry with paper towels. Season both sides of meat with salt and cayenne pepper to taste.
  5. Pour marinade into a saucepan over medium heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl.
  6. Grill meat on the preheated grill until steak pieces are still pink inside and meat has good grill marks, about 4 minutes per side. Place thin cooked pieces onto thicker pieces of meat to prevent thin ones from overcooking. When the surface of the meat looks shiny and wet from juices being forced up to the surface, the meat is medium-rare to medium in doneness. An instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of a piece should read 125 to 130 degrees F (52 to 54 degrees C).
  7. Remove meat to a platter and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing thinly across the grain to serve. Drizzle servings with reduced coffee-cola marinade.
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  • PREP 10 mins
  • COOK 10 mins
  • READY IN 8 hrs 25 mins


  • Cook's Note:
  • Don't use diet cola in this recipe.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 15, 2013

Superb! Made this for supper tonight (as per recipe, except cooked to well-done as wife refuses anything less). Wife, who is not a fan of red meat cleared this off her plate in record time. "Would you like more?" "Yes, please!" Daughter, who follows her mother when it comes to aversion to any red meat speaks up, "I'd like some more, too, please." Whoa! I've never heard that before! Asking for more meat?! Served it with "cole slaw" recipe from this site (the one without mayo - wife doesn't like mayo either) french fries, desert was apple pie ala mode with caramel syrup. Big smile on wife's face + daughter happy = Dad glad. TY Chef John and allrecipes.

Most Helpful Critical Review
May 27, 2014



37 Ratings

Mar 23, 2014

Holy Cow!!!! No pun intended!! Where to start, this is beyond yummy. I'm glad I watched the video before I grilled the steak and it was beyond delicious!! I also reduced the marinade and put over the steaks when they were finished. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical with the combination of the ingredients in the marinade but this is the best I have ever eaten. I made baked potatoes and steamed cauliflower broccoli combo. It was a perfect Sunday dinner. I bow to you sir!!! :)

Dec 30, 2013

This recipe was very tasty. Next time, I will let it marinate for about 48 hours to really intensify the flavor but I do think it was a keeper just as written. It sure did dress up an otherwise boring skirt steak!

Aug 15, 2013

OK I'm going to be the first to rate this. I don't think I'm going out on a limb, either. Chef John makes fabulous food, and in the video, the meat looked perfect. Think I'll serve it with mashed potatoes or rice to take full advantage of that sauce.

Dec 21, 2013

Meat was yummy and flavorful. Will make again.

May 21, 2014

This was fantastic. I watched the video first and followed the recipe exactly and it came out perfectly. The steak was melt in your mouth tender.

May 24, 2014

I am compelled to write this review to let everyone know DO NOT LET ANOTHER BBQ SEASON GO BY WITHOUT MAKING THIS RECIPE!!! Did you hear me??? I mean this recipe's marinade/sauce is the true star. It is a blend that does not resemble cola, coffee, hot sauce in any fashion in the end, yet combined and set, then cooked resembles a sauce that will make you a star!!! If you are afraid of heat, then back off the hot sauce, and cayenne pepper. DO NOT omit them, as they are a intricate part of the flavor, simple add a drop or two of hot sauce, and the pinch of cayenne! I served "Roasted Parmesan Rosemary Potatoes" and "Grilled Vidalia Onions" (recipes from this site) with this steak, but I do plan on making this steak many times more this summer. I then plan on making this marinade/sauce for a stuffed round steak recipe that I have in the fall and winter!!! I have followed Chef John for a while now, but I am now a devoted fan!! Thanks for the easy, flavorful, star making recipe!!!


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  • Calories
  • 213 kcal
  • 11%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 13.1 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 44 mg
  • 15%
  • Fat
  • 10.2 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0.4 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 17 g
  • 34%
  • Sodium
  • 818 mg
  • 33%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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