How to Level Up Your Grilling Game with a Delicious Brown Sugar Bourbon Marinade

Are you a whiskey lover? If so, this easy bourbon marinade recipe is tailor-made for you! Picture this: the rich flavors of brown sugar and bourbon coming together in a mouthwatering marinade. It’s a match made in grilling heaven!

Created with the discerning whiskey connoisseur in mind, this savory brown sugar bourbon marinade is the brainchild of yours truly and my whiskey aficionado husband, Chris. I wanted to make a special grilled meal even more memorable for him, so I reached for a bottle of bourbon and got to work – earning the “Wife of the Year” title, of course! 😉

But let’s talk about why this marinade is truly exceptional. It strikes the perfect balance between the sweetness of bourbon and the tanginess of balsamic and Dijon mustard. The result? A tantalizingly flavorful marinade that even non-whiskey enthusiasts (like me) can’t resist!

The beauty of this bourbon marinade lies in its versatility. Whether you’re grilling chicken, steak, pork, seafood, or even veggies, this marinade elevates every dish to new heights of deliciousness. It’s the secret sauce that turns a regular grilled meal into a flavor-packed feast!

Key Ingredients: Simple Yet Flavorful

The best part about this brown sugar bourbon marinade? It adds a steakhouse-worthy touch to your dish using just seven simple ingredients. Chances are, you already have everything you need right in your pantry. Talk about creating gourmet flavors from everyday staples!

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Whisk It Up in No Time

If you’re pressed for time, don’t worry – this brown sugar bourbon marinade comes together in a flash. It’s a one-bowl, 5-minute operation that will have you grilling in no time!

Simply gather your ingredients and combine them in a medium bowl. Give it a good whisk, and voila! Your tantalizing brown sugar bourbon marinade is ready to work its magic on your chosen protein. If you prefer to prepare ahead of time, you can transfer the marinade into a small jar and refrigerate it until you’re ready to use it. Pro tip: You can even combine all the ingredients directly in the jar and shake it up for a no-fuss prep – fewer dishes to clean, hooray! 🙌🏼

Take a Sneak Peek with our Step-by-Step Video

Curious about how easy it is to whip up this mouthwatering marinade? Check out our step-by-step video for a visual demonstration of the process. It’s like having a grilling guru guiding you every step of the way!

Step-by-Step Video

More Tips & Tricks

We want you to become a grilling maestro, so we’re sharing some additional tips and tricks to make your experience even more enjoyable. From suggested marinating times to make-ahead and meal prep tips, we’ve got you covered.

Suggested Marinating Time

Marinating is an essential step in infusing your meat with the flavors of the marinade. For this brown sugar bourbon marinade, we recommend marinating your protein for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together beautifully. Of course, the longer you marinate, the more pronounced the flavors will be.

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Make-Ahead & Meal Prep Tips

We understand that time is precious, so preparing in advance is a great option. The brown sugar bourbon marinade can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until you’re ready to use it. This way, you can embark on your grilling adventure with minimal effort and maximum flavor.

Alternate Cooking Methods

While grilling is our preferred cooking method for this marinade, you can certainly experiment with other techniques. Broiling or pan-searing your meat with the brown sugar bourbon marinade will still yield incredible results. The choice is yours!

Chicken thighs in a Ziploc bag marinating in Brown Sugar Bourbon marinade.

Marinade Uses & Serving Suggestions

Now, let’s dive into the fun part – how to use this exceptional brown sugar bourbon marinade to take your grilling game to the next level. The possibilities are endless!

One of our absolute favorites is the creation of mouthwatering bourbon steak kabobs. Simply dice some sirloin into bite-sized pieces, coat them in the brown sugar bourbon marinade, and skewer them with your favorite veggies. Grill over medium-high heat until you achieve that perfect char and crispy texture. To complete the meal, serve alongside grilled baby potatoes sprinkled with blue cheese, freshly snipped chives, and coarsely ground black pepper. It’s truly the easiest grilled steak dinner you’ll ever make!

We hope you’re as excited to try this brown sugar bourbon marinade as we are to share it with you. Tangy, sweet, boozy – it’s the perfect companion for all your grilling adventures!

If you give this marinade a try, we’d love to hear about your experience. Leave a comment below with a star rating, or better yet, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram @playswellwithbutter. We absolutely adore seeing your culinary creations!

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