How to Use Liquid Smoke on Steaks

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Liquid smoke is a very popular flavor and color enhancer used in cooking steak and other meats. Liquid smoke is created by smoldering hardwoods in a controlled environment, then passing the smoke through a cooling system which causes the smoke to liquefy. In addition to enhancing flavor, liquid smoke can extend the shelf life of many foods by acting as a natural bactericide. Applying liquid smoke to steaks is a very common practice, is very simple and can intensely enhance the flavor of the meat.

Things You'll Need

  • Liquid smoke
  • Steaks
  • Basting brush
  • Glass baking dish
  • Plastic wrap

Liquid Smoke Marinade

  • Place the steaks into a glass baking dish.

  • Pour 4 ounces of any flavor liquid smoke over the steaks.

  • Turn the steaks once to ensure the liquid smoke covers them.

  • Cover the glass baking dish with plastic wrap.

  • Place the steaks into the refrigerator and chill overnight. The steaks will be seasoned and ready to cook the following day.

Applying Liquid Smoke While Cooking Steaks

  • Begin cooking the steaks any way you like. Liquid smoke can be used on the grill, stove, oven or any other method you choose.

  • While cooking, apply a small amount of liquid smoke to both sides of the steak using a basting brush.

  • Brush the steaks with liquid smoke as many times as you like. Liquid smoke has a powerful and, when overused, overpowering flavor. Apply a small amount of liquid smoke at first then apply more to taste.

Tips & Warnings

  • Liquid smoke can be found in many different flavors of "smoke" such as hickory, apple, pecan and more. Sample these flavors on different types of meat to find your favorites.
  • Photo Credit grill steak image by Dumitrescu Ciprian from Fotolia.com
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