Have you Ever Heard of a Vodka Steak?

Beef and vodka are not often considered complementary, but pan-searing them together seems to extract, augment and marry the best qualities of both products. Prepping beef before cooking is essential to developing great flavor. There are several techniques you can use to prep the beef, but marinating — in this instance, with vodka — is perhaps the most versatile. The vodka contributes acid, a standard marinade component that imparts flavor and also tenderizes. Marinating also allows you to introduce the vodka-soaked beef into any other recipe.

This is a unique combo for sure but a great addition to any backyard BBQ adventurist’s bag of tricks. The recipe itself isn’t too difficult to master but we’re sure you’ll have your guests impressed with this pairing.

There are other great recipes out there for mixing vodka with beef as well. There’s a martini based sauce and a vodka cream sauce as well that really caught our eyes while researching this. We’ll be sure to post someĀ of them in the future.

Maybe head over to our Boozy Desserts section and find the perfect some more examples of how to make your next BBQ the standout event it should be.

Video and Recipe by: The BBQ Pit Boys


Sirloin steak/Round steak — 1 , trimmed

Ingredients for Marinade

Onion — 1 Medium, thinly sliced
Serrano chile pepper/Jalapeno pepper — 1 , remove seeds if desired
Lemon — 1 , thinly sliced, rind removed
Garlic clove — 3 , smashed
Prepared horseradish — 3 Tablespoon
Vodka — 1 Cup (16 tbs) (as needed)
Salt — 1 Teaspoon (Soaked in brine and brine discarded)
Fresh ground black peppercorn — 1 Tablespoon


1. In zip-lock bag, place the steak along with lemon, chili, onion, and garlic.

2. Add horseradish, vodka, salt and pepper. Seal the bag, mix well and set aside for maximum 3 hours.

3. Preheat grill to medium.


4. Place meat on grill, cover and cook for a few minutes each side or until done.

5. Remove meat from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.


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