How to Grill the Perfect Skirt Steak – Easy Grilled Skirt Steak Recipe

This easy grilled skirt steak recipe will quickly become of your favorite things to cook on your Z Grills pellet smoker. Make it just once, and you’ll see why.

Using a pellet grill is the best way to grill skirt steak because it’s incredibly fast and easy. And when you use Z Grills wood pellets, you can infuse your skirt steak with a smoky flavor in no time.

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    How to Choose the Perfect Skirt Steak

    Buying a good steak is easy when you know what to look for. When shopping for skirt steak, look for:

    • a long narrow skirt steak (rather than a short, thick skirt steak)
    • outside skirt steaks less than 4 inches wide and 1 inch thick

    For the highest possible quality beef, also look for these qualities in your skirt steak:

    • nice marbling with long lines of white fat
    • a high grade, such as prime or choice
    • good even red color without any discolored spots

    Equipment and Ingredients for Grilled Skirt Steak

    Skirt steak is one of the easiest things to cook on your pellet grill. You only need a few simple ingredients and pieces of equipment.

    Equipment for Grilled Skirt Steak

    Ingredient for Grilled Skirt Steak

    • 2 lbs skirt steak
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • cooking oil

    How to Grill Skirt Steak on a Pellet Grill

    1. Preparing grilled skirt steak on a pellet grill is incredibly simple.
    2. You’ll salt, pepper, and oil your steaks.
    3. Then, grill the room temperature steaks for about 6 minutes on your Z Grills pellet smoker.
    4. Let your steaks rest for 10 minutes. Then, serve.
    5. If it seems incredibly easy, that’s because it is. Anyone can make this grilled skirt steak recipe.
    6. You don’t have to marinade your skirt steaks before cooking, but a marinade is a great way to make beef even better.

    Here’s the best skirt steak marinade:

    • balsamic vinegar
    • brown sugar
    • fresh minced garlic
    • Worcestershire sauce

    You can also make carne asada with skirt steak. The marinade needs:

    • fresh minced garlic
    • jalapeño
    • cilantro
    • fresh-squeezed lime juice
    • fresh-squeezed orange juice

    What to Serve with Grilled Skirt Steak

    This grilled skirt steak recipe pairs well with classic sides like:

    When it comes to grilled skirt steak calories, there are about 220 calories in a quarter-pound of steak. Since a meal should generally be about 500 calories, you can either have a half-pound of just steak or add sides to get to that 500-calorie mark.

    Grilled Skirt Steak Temperature

    For this grilled skirt steak recipe, you’ll want your pellet smoker to reach about 350-400 °F.

    How Long to Grill Skirt Steak

    At a high temperature between 350-400 °F, your grilled skirt steak only needs about 6 minutes on the grill to cook to perfection.

    How to Make the Best Skirt Steak  with or without a Marinade

    You can make a delicious grilled skirt steak on your Z Grills pellet smoker with or without a marinade.

    For the Best Skirt Steak Marinade, Combine:

    • balsamic vinegar
    • brown sugar
    • fresh minced garlic
    • Worcestershire sauce

    You can use the recipe in this blog with marinaded or pain skirt steaks and feel confident that they will turn out great.

    If you want to know the best way to grill skirt steak, you have to get a Z Grills pellet smoker and use official Z Grills wood pellets.

    Our wood pellet grills and wood pellets are the highest quality grilling supplies, so be sure to add them to your BBQ arsenal as soon as possible.

    Grilled Skirt Steak

    This grilled skirt steak recipe will teach you how to grill skirt steak on a pellet grill. When you see how fast and easy this recipe is, you’ll fall in love with your Z Grills pellet smoker all over again.
    Servings 4
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 6 minutes
    Resting Time 10 minutes
    Total Time 31 minutes


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    • 2 lbs skirt steak
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • cooking oil


    • Prepare the steak. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and season it generously with salt and pepper. Then, allow the skirt steak to rest at room temperature for 15 minutes.
    • Then, prepare your grill. Preheat your Z Grill pellet smoker to medium-high heat, about 350-400 °F. Oil the grill grates.
    • Rub a light coat of oil over your skirt steaks before placing them directly on the grill grates.
    • Cook each skirt steak for about 2-3 minutes on each side. A deep crust should form on both sides of the steak.
    • After 4-6 minutes total, remove the skirt steaks from the grill. Let them rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.


    The USDA recommends that beef reach an internal temperature of 145°F for food safety. However, it’s common for people to eat steaks under that threshold. Here’s a temperature and doneness guide for cooking steak:
    • Rare: 125°F
    • Medium-rare: 135°F
    • Medium: 145°F
    • Medium-well: 155°F
    • Well-done: 165°F
    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: Grilled, Steak

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