A flavorful marinade makes these Easy Grilled Steak Tips a tasty recipe from the grill! Takes under 10 minutes on the grill, but allow for at least one hour of marinating time.
I know, I know. This is the time of year we food bloggers should be sharing pumpkin recipes and, **gasp, please not yet** planning Christmas related posts.
But we’ve had a pretty warm September, and it is supposed to be in the mid-80s tomorrow. We are definitely still in grilling mode, so why not share the Easy Grilled Steak Tips we cooked up last weekend?
At some point in our summer travels, B ordered some steak tips at a restaurant and loved them. I knew I’d need to make some steak tips at home soon! I made a quick marinade for the steak tips using soy sauce as the base and mixing in some other flavors such as brown sugar and a bit of ketchup. We were very pleased with the tasty results! When I say “we” I do include our 12 year old, who can be a tough critic. So this Easy Grilled Steak Tips recipe has been thoroughly vetted!
So what are steak tips, anyway?
Most steak tips I’ve had at restaurants and visiting are typically close to cube shaped. What I bought for this Easy Grilled Steak Tips recipe was labelled sirloin steak tips, and they were long strips. This had me curious about what steak tips are by definition.
From reading this article in Cook’s Illustrated, I know see steak tips can come in various shapes. The cube shape I’ve seen, the strips like I bought, and steaks. They actually recommend the steak form if you can find it. Steak tips generally come from various muscles around the sirloin. It is a cut that benefits from a good marinade followed by some quick cooking, as we do here in our easy grilled steak tips recipe.
Wine Pairing for Easy Grilled Steak Tips
A Cabernet Sauvignon would be a natural choice for grilled steak tips given the fat content of the beef dish. I was also thinking a Zinfandel might work well with the marinade.
But for the second weekend in a row, I was influenced in my wine choice by having sampled wine and chatting with the winemaker shortly before cooking dinner. This time, it was Hugh Hamilton of his eponymous Australian winery visiting Pairings Wine and Food. I figured my favorite wine from his lineup, the “Black Ops” blend of Shiraz and Saperavi, would be a good choice for our Easy Grilled Steak tips.
The 2014 Hugh Hamilton Wines Black Ops ($22, 15 % ABV) is a blend of 85% Shiraz and 15% Saperavi from the McLaren Vale region of Southern Australia. I forgot to take any tasting notes, but the Pairings description of “intense red fruit explosion with notes of dried blueberries” jives with my recollection. It is definitely a well made wine. I was surprised to see the 15% alcohol, as wines in that territory can tend to be “fruit bombs” without much nuance, but that doesn’t apply here. This Black Ops is still food friendly, particularly if that food is a good piece of beef!
- 2½ lbs sirloin steak tips
- ⅔ cup soy sauce
- tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp app cider vinegar
- tbsp ketchup
- tsp garlic powder
- Make the marinade: combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, cider vinegar, ketchup and garlic powder in a bowl.
- Pat dry the steak tips, and place in a large sealable plastic bag. Pour the marinade into the bag, and seal. Gently toss the steak in the marinade, then refrigerate.
- Marinate the steak tips for at least an hour prior to cooking. Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes prior to grilling time to complete the marinating time and come closer to room temperature.
- Preheat a grill to medium high. Take the steak tips out of the marinade bag, letting the excess marinade drop back into the bag. Place the steak on the grill, and cover.
- Grill the steak tips for 4 minutes on one side, then turn and grill 4 minutes on the other side. This should get them to about medium rare, but check for doneness and cook for a couple more minutes if needed.
- Remove steak tips to a platter, and cover loosely with foil. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- Plate the steak tips and enjoy!