How To Grill Sirloin Tip Steak: Tips And Technique

Grilling meat at home is a great way to enjoy delicious food without having to spend too much time or effort. Grilling is also a healthier option compared to other cooking methods because grilling uses less oil and fat.

How To Grill Sirloin Tip Steak: Tips And Technique

Sirloin tip steaks are lean cuts of beef that are perfect for grilling. They are usually sold cut into two pieces, the top half being known as the sirloin tip and the bottom half being called the sirloin butt.

The sirloin tip has a very thin layer of fat covering its surface, which makes it ideal for grilling. It can be used in any recipe calling for steak tips.

The best way to grill sirloin tip steaks is by using indirect heat. This means that you should place your steaks on the grill rack over a drip pan filled with water.

You want to make sure that there is enough space between the steaks so that they do not touch each other.

This post will break down in detail further surrounding all the tips you need to learn about grilling sirloin tip steak.

What Are Sirloin Steak Tips?

Steak tips are super tasty cuts of meat cut from the sirloin area of cattle. You’ll hear people from different areas of the country referring to steak tips in different terms.

Some call them chunks of meat cut from an entire steak, while others call them chunks of meat from flank steak or skirt steaks. 

Still, others call them by names like tri-tips or sirloin tips. Steak tips are really their own cut of meat, though, and they deserve respect.

Tender and juicy, these delicious steak bits are great on their own, but they go perfectly in soups, stews, or over rice.

Steak Tips are often cooked over a grill. Grilling them with charcoal or natural gas makes them taste great. Their crust helps them retain more moisture than when grilled with electricity.

Tips For Grilling 

Gather your charcoal briquette, light up the heat, put a tasty steak seasoning together, and get ready to cook some delicious steak tips!

Make Sure You Get The Right Steak — When you go to the grocery store or butcher, how can you pick out good steak tips? Look for meat labeled as flap meat, which is another term for a steak cut from the bottom of the sirloin.

Alternatively, request that the butcher cut your steak tips from the sirloin bottom he or she has on hand. You can also buy sirloin and chop the meat yourself with the help of a butcher or internet videos.

You’ll want to examine the looks of the steak to determine whether it’s one you want to purchase. Color, marbling, and fat content should all be considered.

You should also examine the package to see if the meat is USDA Prime grade, which means it is of the highest quality.

Setting Up The Grill — To make sure your steak tips don’t stick to the grill, heat up the grill first. Then, add some olive oil so that there’s less chance of them sticking.

After preheating, place the steak tips onto the grill. Use a grill plate to prevent the meat from falling through the grill grate.

Don’t Forget To Season Your Steak Tip — Dab the steak tips with paper towels to remove any juices that may prevent them from searing properly on the grill. Leave them at room temperature as the grill heats up.

Brush them lightly with olive oil to prevent sticking on the grill. Sprinkle each side with salt, black pepper, or your favorite beef seasoning. Add a small amount of minced garlic if desired.

Get Marinating If The Feeling Takes You — Steak tips are great for marinating, especially if you use an Italian-style marinade. Make sure to let them sit for at least 2 hours.

How To Grill Sirloin Tip Steak: Tips And Technique

Better still, marinate overnight in the fridge. Your steak tips should be tender after grilling.

Try This Simple Marinade Recipe– 1/2 cup Italian dressing, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 1 clove minced garlic, 1 tsp steak seasoning.

By marinating your steak you offer the steak the opportunity to capture more flavors and it will be bursting out when it is time to eat it.

Cook It Right — You’ll need both direct and indirect heat for excellent steak tips on the grill. Here’s what that implies if you’re new to grilling:

The steak will be seared over direct heat, whereas indirect heat will ensure it cooks through without being directly over the flame.

For a crisp sear, place steak tips immediately over the hottest part of the grill when you initially put them on. Once both sides have been seared for 30 seconds to a minute, move them from direct to indirect heat to finish cooking.

The tips of meat should be cooked perfectly by now. You might want to check if the charcoal briquettes are still burning well before closing the grill.

Don’t open the lid too often, since the meat needs to stay in contact with the hot coals for a long time.

Timing Is So Important — Steak Tips should be cooked for about 2-3 mins per side. Flip them once to cook the opposite side. Set a timer after you’ve turned them over for two minutes.

Turn again for two more minutes. You can always turn them over for a few seconds more if they aren’t browned enough.

Give It Time To Rest — Steak tips should be rested before cooking. Cutting into the steaks while they’re still warm causes the meat to lose moisture and flavor. Steak tips should be cooked medium-rare or medium.

Tips To Avoid

You need to remember this information when it comes to grilling a sirloin steak tip. 

Don’t Choose Cheap Meat — You can’t go wrong with steak tips. They come from the top part of the sirloin, which is the most tender part of beef.

They are usually very thin slices of meat. This makes them perfect for cooking quickly or grilling. They also tend to be pretty inexpensive compared to other cuts of beef.

No Wet Steaks — Steak should be seasoned well. Always pat dry both sides of the steak prior to cooking. Remove excess fat from the steak before grilling.

How To Grill Sirloin Tip Steak: Tips And Technique

A wet steak will ruin the flavors when you season your steak, and you won’t have a great meal at the end of the cooking process.

Stop Flipping It Continuously — Steak tips should be flipped over and over again to achieve the perfect crust, but if you flip them too often,

they will turn grayish-brown instead of getting the rich brown sear you were looking to achieve. The solution? Flip them over and cook both sides before moving them to indirect heat.

Never Cook A Cold Steak — Steak should be left at room temperature for 20 – 30 minutes before cooking. This ensures you get a uniform cook throughout the steak.

Cold steaks don’t cook as well as ones that have been left out to get to room temperature.

Never Forget Your Thermometer — A digital temperature probe comes in handy to tell us how well cooked our meat is.

Steak tips are hard to judge without a thermometer, so we need to use a thermometer to know if they’re ready to eat.

We should pull the steak off the grill once it hits 125 degrees, and then let it rest for about five minutes before serving.


Grilled steak tips are delicious! They come from areas of the cows that are worked just enough so that they give off a great texture that’s filled with meaty taste in every bite!

We hope now you can cook these steaks confidently and avoid any common errors we have pointed out to you in this post.

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