• How to BBQ Skirt Steak

    How to BBQ Skirt Steak

Skirt steak, with its rich flavor and quick-cooking capabilities, is a BBQ lover’s dream. Perfect for weeknight grills or weekend get-togethers, mastering the art of barbecuing skirt steak can lead to some of the most delicious meals. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the entire process – from selecting the perfect cut to savoring its delectable flavors.

Selecting the Perfect Skirt Steak

When buying a skirt steak, look for a fresh, bright-red color with a fine texture and moist appearance. A good skirt steak will have a decent amount of marbling, which enhances its flavor when grilled. There are two types of skirt steaks:

  1. Inside Skirt Steak: This is thicker and has a more intense beef flavor. It’s also the preferred choice for many BBQ enthusiasts.
  2. Outside Skirt Steak: Typically thinner and wider, it’s also flavorful but might require a touch more care when grilling to avoid overcooking.

Whichever you choose, ensure it’s fresh and ideally sourced from a trusted butcher or meat supplier.

Preparation: Marinating the Skirt Steak

The natural robust flavor of skirt steak pairs well with bold marinades. Since it’s a tougher cut of meat, marinating not only adds flavor but tenderizes the steak.


  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or brown sugar
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: red pepper flakes or minced cilantro for added flavor


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk well.
  2. Lay the steak in a large dish, pour the marinade over, ensuring both sides are well covered.
  3. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour. For optimal flavor, marinate for 4-8 hours in the refrigerator.
  4. Before grilling, let the steak come to room temperature for about 20 minutes.

Grilling the Skirt Steak

Having prepared the steak, it’s time to fire up the BBQ!

Heat the Grill: Preheat your grill on high for about 10 minutes. A high heat ensures the steak sears quickly, sealing in juices and flavors.

Grilling: Remove the steak from the marinade, letting excess liquid drip off. Place the steak on the grill. For a medium-rare finish, grill each side for 2-4 minutes. It’s crucial not to overcook skirt steak as it can become tough.

Resting: Once done, transfer the steak to a cutting board and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the steak.

Slicing and Serving

The grain in skirt steak is evident. When slicing, ensure you cut against the grain. This breaks up the muscle fibers, resulting in a more tender bite.

Serve with grilled vegetables, salsa, or even as the star ingredient in fajitas or tacos. The rich flavors of BBQ skirt steak offer versatility in meal choices.

Skirt steak is a delightful cut of meat that’s deserving of a place in every BBQ lover’s repertoire. By selecting a good quality piece, marinating it to perfection, and grilling it with care, you’re sure to have a dish that’s savored and remembered. So the next time you’re thinking of what to grill, remember the skirt steak – a true BBQ gem!

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