When I first saw the recipe I read apple cider vinegar. I had a big bottle of that, I was good to go. Too bad it really said apple cider. No vinegar. I had no apple cider in the house. No apple juice. I had the vinegar and that actually sounded promising to me. But then I noticed little snack packs of apple sauce. Not the added corn syrup too sweet kind, the natural one, no sugar added. Just apples. This would do. It did fine. Better than fine. It lent a nice sweetness to the marinade, along with the honey. And I added a little cumin and more chile powder. Next time I would add a little heat, too. Just to keep Grandma on her toes!
It was really good on grilled chicken, too!
Flank Steak Marinade
Source: original recipe @ The Pioneer Woman
adapted by There's Always Thyme to Cook
1/4 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider (I used apple sauce because I didn't have cider or juice)
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (I used a bit more, medium hot chile powder, and threw in some extra ancho chile powder and a bit of cumin)
salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Place flank steak in a large plastic bag, the kind that zips closed. Combine marinade ingredients and pour over flank steak. Marinate in the refrigerator for several hours to overnight.
Grill until desired doneness, to internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F. Allow meat to rest for a few minutes, then slice thinly against the grain.
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