Jane’s Absolute Favorite Flank Steak Marinade

A book extra for The Secret , My Cowboy Valentine , Take Me, Cowboy

This delicious recipe figures into the story...

I’ve written a cowboy hero! Think I only like rich, powerful heroes? Well, think again! I’ve always had a secret weakness for rough and tumble heroes who look sexy in faded jeans and cowboy boots. My late Grandfather Lyles was a cattle rancher — he once had three large spreads in California — and I grew up spending school vacations on our ranch near Parkfield in the coastal foothills of California.

One of my favorite memories was watching my mom coax a very stubborn horse she insisted was our “Sunny” into being bridled and saddled and then climbing into the saddle to remind us kids how to ride-and not discovering until later that she’d been riding a wild horse not yet broken! (Shows you how determined my mom can be…)

As an “extra” to go with all my cowboy romances, I have included a Porter family western family recipe. Enjoy!

  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon minced onion
  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 tsp rosemary
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ginger (powdered)
  • 3 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons vinegar
  1. Place all ingredients in blender container. Blend until smooth.
  2. Pour marinade over steaks in shallow pan. Marinate steak in refrigerator 10-24 hours in advance. Flip steaks at least 2-3 times.
  3. Broil marinated steaks 7-10 minutes. Let cool 5 minutes.
  4. Slice very thin and serve.

This is my absolute favorite marinade for summer BBQ’s and dinner guests. Let me know if you try it!