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Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar Rub

Grilled Flank Steak seasoned with a flavorful blend of brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika & cinnamon – fire up your grill for this one this weekend!

Grilled Flank Steak seasoned with a flavorful blend of brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika & cinnamon - fire up your grill for this one this weekend!

It’s a happy day for my husband when he finds out I came home with a steak from the grocery store. For whatever reason, we (I) don’t eat a lot of red meat, I think it may stem from my family not eating a lot of it in general when I was growing up. I have nothing against it, I just don’t have a natural desire to cook or eat it regularly…but the other day I did get a craving for a nicely grilled flank steak.

Flank steak is probably my favorite cut of steak, it’s lean and absolutely delicious grilled, like this Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar rub I’m sharing today. Any other flank steak fans out there?

Grilled Flank Steak seasoned with a flavorful blend of brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika & cinnamon - fire up your grill for this one this weekend!

Summer has officially kicked off in our household (yay!!) – school ended earlier this week and I have to say, I am so happy to breathe easy again. This last month of school has been ridiculously busy with projects, book reports and school functions…as it is every year. I forget what May is like until I’m a week in and then I’m like…Ohhhhh myyyyy, where is summer????

Well, summer is here for us, and we are all smiles in these parts. I’m a little extra smiley this week because not only did school end, but a big house project I had been planning ended too. When we moved into our new house a year and a half ago I had a list of a million things I wanted to do, reality is you need a lot of money and time to get all those things done so I’m pacing myself. 🙂

My big spring/summer project was to get my outdoor space cleaned up and functional. We had pavers added to a couple of areas off our driveway and pool area and turned the space into a beautiful outdoor seating area and place to grill. I have always loved using my grill and considered it an extension of my kitchen. With my new outdoor space, my grill is back in business and I’m about to turn into a grilling machine – this is my favorite time of year to use the grill, not only because of the weather (it’s actually NOT ideal grilling weather in Florida ha ha), but because of all the amazing produce in season. Grilled veggies are the best!

Here’s a peek at one of my new happy spaces…our new grilling area and my herb container garden (right off our kitchen and family room):

Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar Rub

So, back to our steak. I love creating spice rubs for whatever I’m grilling. For our flank steak  I combined a little brown sugar with a few of my favorite spices – smoked paprika, ancho chili powder and cinnamon. I was inspired by my friend Liz to throw in the cinnamon, always uses it so well in her recipes so I am trying to be more open to adding it in to more of my cooking. The steak rub was amazing! Very flavorful and my entire family loved it. I kept saying there was a secret ingredient (cinnamon) and my husband guessed it, he won an extra serving for getting it right. 😉

Recipes Using Smoked Paprika

Roasted Acorn Squash with Smoked Paprika

Greek Yogurt Egg Salad with Smoked Paprika

Roasted Red Potatoes with Smoked Paprika

Grilled Flank Steak seasoned with a flavorful blend of brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika & cinnamon - fire up your grill for this one this weekend!

We loved this steak sliced up on this Steak Salad with Grilled Peaches and Red Onion– so good!  This steak would be delicious served with Caprese Rice Salad , or Herbed Wild Rice Salad with Pine Nuts for a great summer meal.

Happy weekend everyone!!


Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar Rub

  • Author: Aggie Goodman
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Beef
  • Method: Grill


  • 2 lb flank steak
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • big pinch coarse salt and fresh ground pepper


  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
  2. Place flank steak on a large baking sheet or dish and generously rub spice mixture onto both sides of steak. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  3. While steak is sitting, preheat your grill to medium heat.
  4. When grill is ready, place steak on rack and close lid. Grill for 7-8 minutes then flip. Close lid and continue to grill for another 7-8 minutes. Take steak off grill and let rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Best way to slice is at against the grain at an angle.


Use this chart to help you with grilling times. Cook time really depends on preference and thickness of cut. Slicing against the grain is very important for getting tender cuts of meat, read this article on how to slice meat against the grain if you need some help.

Like beef? Try these easy healthy beef recipes:

London Broil with Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar and Garlic Marinade

Easy Pepper Steak

Beef and Spinach Stuffed Peppers


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12 comments on “Grilled Flank Steak with Brown Sugar Rub”

  1. I do not like steak….but Josh LOVES it! I cannot wait to make this for him. Looks perfect. Your outdoor space is fabulous!

  2. I’m eat mostly plant based foods, but my husband and boys love steak too! I make flank often because it’s a fast marinade and a quick grill. What is it about boys and a grill? 🙂  Thanks for sharing. Will try the brown sugar rub.   Emilie

  3. This brown sugar rub sounds great. I love flank steak, it is such a beautiful cut for  grilling.

    We have recently started a food sharing site and would be so excited if you would consider submitting to us. Your food photos look great.

  4. MMMM these flavors!  I don’t cook steak nearly enough, and my family would agree.  Looks yummy as always!

  5. Ahhh I love flank steak!! We just bought a giant one at Costco and it was amazing!! Love your herb garden!!! 

  6. Love a good flank steak and my husband goes crazy for it. That rub sounds amazing!

  7. Wow, that looks like a perfect steak. I have already tried some different rubs, but none of them had brown sugar in it. I definitely have to try your recipe. Thank you so much for sharing!!!

    Best regards, Amelie

  8. Oh, we love a good grilled steak around here! I grill so much in the summer months here in California and I’m with you – I just love grilled veggies. Love your new outdoor space 🙂 Happy summer!!! Pinning 🙂

  9. I tried this recipe last night and it was absolutely delicious! I thought, since the flank steak wasn’t marinated, that it might be tough but it was juicy, sweet and spicy. My husband, the grill master, thought it was fantastic too! Definitely a keeper.

  10. This flank steak… looks so delicious.