Skirt steak is one of my favorite meats to cook. It was my first meal over fire, and probably my favorite meal period. I also love Chipotles… So this is my take on a Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak over hot Cowboy Charcoal!


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chipotle adobo skirt steak


What Are Chipotles?


Chipotles are simply smoked & dried red jalapenos that are then added to seasonings for a kick. Smoking & drying them would help preserve the peppers for a lot longer, plus add a ton of new flavor to anything you are cooking.


What is Adobo?


Adobo sauce is a traditional portuguese sauce made of spices and vinegar that help preserve food as well. When you add adobo & chipotles together, then you get this rich and smoky sauce that can add deep flavor to chicken, pork, seafood or beef.



rotisserie skirt steak


Let’s Make Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak!


For this recipe, I combined all of these flavors along with putting the steaks on the rotisserie. While you can easily marinate the skirt steaks and grill them, I chose to roll them up and let them slowly cook on the rotisserie to get that deep color and smoky flavor from the natural Cowboy Lump Charcoal.


Step by Step:


First, you are going to marinate the skirt steaks for 1-2 hours in the chipotle adobo sauce created below. Next, you will roll them up and set them on the rotisserie. After lighting your Cowboy Charcoal and creating a 3-zone fire, you will cook the skirt steak till its hits 120F or your preferred internal temperature. Let it rest for 12 minutes, then slice and enjoy. The spiral slice if both against the grain and fun to see!



sliced skirt steak


chipotle adobo skirt steak

Chipotle Adobo Skirt Steak

Whether you grill or you rotisserie this steak, you will have a spicy but tangy skirt from the Chipotle Adobo sauce added in!
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Marinating Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Hispanic
Servings: 4 people


  • 2 Skirt Steaks trimmed w/o silver skin
  • 1 can of chipotles in adobo pureed
  • 1.5 tbsp of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp of garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp of ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp of black pepper
  • 1.5 limes juiced
  • Olive oil


  • In a bowl, add the skirt steak, pureed chipotle adobo sauce, sea salt, garlic powder, ground cumin, black pepper, limes and olive oil. Let the steak marinate in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
  • Use some Cowboy Southern Style Hardwood Lump Charcoal to light fire and let burn for 10-15 minutes. Once Charcoal is white hot, push into two separate piles for 3-zone indirect grilling. If you choose to use a rotisserie, then have the spit going between the coals.
  • Pull out skirt steaks, roll them into a ball and skewer them onto the rotisserie. Let cook on high heat for 30-40 minutes or until it reaches 120F internal.
  • Once steak is done, pull off spit and let rest for 12 minutes. Season with additional salt, slice and serve!


Equipment: Cowboy Charcoal, Rotisserie, Grill, Knife and Tongs.

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Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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  1. What is 3 zone cooking?
    I’m very familiar with 2 zone.
    So if you’re not using a rotisserie, how do you cook the meat?
    In between zones?
    Please clarify.

    1. Yup it is set up as coals, nothing, and more coals. So its coals sandwiching an empty space for cooking. Its great for medium to high heat cooking for something that has a lot of fat or needs more attention.

  2. How do you think this marinade would would with tri-tip. I think it sounds like it would be interesting.