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Bourbon Brown Sugar Steak Tips

by in Oct 2011
Bourbon Brown Sugar Steak Tips
27 votes, 3.19 avg. rating (64% score)
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Total Time: 25

Yield: 4-6 servings

The beauty of this recipe for steak tips is that you make the savory marinade ahead of time. Add the meat and onion, and then freeze it all together until you’re ready to serve.

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  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 medium-size yellow onion, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick rings
  • 2 pounds sirloin steak tips or flank steak
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper


In a medium-size bowl, whisk together bourbon, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and soy sauce.
Pour into a large zip-top bag; add onion and steak.
Seal, squeezing to expel any air, and let meat marinate at least 2 hours, up to overnight (or freeze up to 3 months).
When ready to cook, defrost steak and onions if you’ve previously frozen them; then drain and season meat with salt and pepper.
Set up your grill for direct high heat. To grill meat, sear on one side until nicely browned, 4—6 minutes. Turn meat and grill until it reaches desired doneness (4—6 minutes more for medium rare).
Cook onions in a grill pan, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 10 minutes. Or cook onions directly on grill grates away from direct heat, carefully turning once, for 8—10 minutes total cooking time.

Additional Notes:

Total preparation time longer if marinating overnight.

Updated Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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2 Responses to Bourbon Brown Sugar Steak Tips

  1. niki April 11, 2015 at 3:10 pm #

    this sounded like a very good reciepe, until i tried the meat after i had cooked it for awhile. i marinated over night and did exactly like it said and it about tore my throat out the alcohol was so strong. we even rinsed the meat and tried again and it was still too strong to eat. we ended up haveing to throw all the meat away. im just hoping it was a miss print and that we only needed a shot not a cup?

    • Aimee Seavey April 29, 2015 at 2:35 pm #

      Hi Niki. We’re sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy the steak tips. The original recipe does call for 1 cup of bourbon, but future cooks may wish to reduce the amount down to 1/2 cup if they feel it may be too much for them, too. Thanks for your comment!

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