Brown Sugar Bourbon Steak Tips P



Thanks to a boozy-sweet marinade, this recipe for brown sugar bourbon steak tips is a flavorful addition to your grilling repertoire. It’s also the most popular steak tip marinade recipe in the Yankee archives. Serve with grilled veggies.

Note: The original version of this recipe (one from the Yankee archives) called for 1 full cup of bourbon in the marinade. Several commenters noted that they found this amount to be too much alcohol. We re-tested the recipe using 1/2 cup of bourbon and marinated the steak for 2 hours. The results were delicious.

3.30 avg. rating (65% score) – 398 votes

Total Time: 25
Yield: 4-6 servings


1/2 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 for 2 hours.

When ready to cook, 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.


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