Spice-Rubbed Grilled Skirt Steak

A rub of cumin, ancho chile powder, cinnamon and paprika gives grilled skirt steak a smokey, spicy and slightly sweet flavor.

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Spice-Rubbed Grilled Skirt Steak

About This Recipe

Yield:12
Active time:25 minutes
Total time:2 hours 25 minutes (includes marinating)
This recipe appears in: Knife Skills: How To Trim Skirt Steaks The Best Inexpensive Steak for the Grill, Part 2: Skirt Steak
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Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 6 pounds skirt steak

Procedures

  1. 1

    In a small bowl, mash together garlic and salt with the back of a fork. Mix in the spices. Pour in olive oil and blend until a thick paste forms.

  2. 2

    Marinade: Rub paste over all sides of steak. Cover steak and let marinate in the refrigerator for 2-12 hours.

  3. 3

    Grill: Follow Josh Bousel's instructions for perfect grilled skirt steak : Ignite a large chimney full of coals and wait until they're covered in grey ash. Spread evenly over 1/2 of grate, leaving the other half empty. Put the cooking grate in place, cover, and allow grill to preheat for 5 minutes. Scrape cooking grates clean, then place flank steak over hot side of grill. cook until well charred, about 3 minutes. Flip steak and continue to cook until second side is well charred, about 3 minutes longer. Transfer steak to cooler side of grill, cover, and cook until the center of the steak registers 125°F on an intant-read thermometer for medium-rare, or 135° for medium, about 5 minutes longer. Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil, and allow steak to rest for at least 5 minutes.

  4. 4

    To serve, slice steak across the grain in 1/2 inch strips.

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