Sirloin steak is a perfect meat to cook on the barbecue. The mix of marbled fat will ensure that the meat is full of flavor and remains juicy if you follow a few simple cooking tips.
Choose a steak that is dark red in color, it will be dry aged and have a better flavor than cheaper wet aged steaks which are ruby red in color.
Find a steak that is between an inch and an inch and a half thick for the best BBQ experience, select a great marinade, and, then cook to your liking on a grill over the hottest coals possible. 😉
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Barbecued Sirloin Steak Marinades
A perfect marinade does two things to a sirloin steak.
Firstly it starts to break down the muscle fibre in the steak giving a much more tender eat and, secondly, it also adds layers of flavor to the richness of the meat.
If you remember these two roles, you can create your own marinades easily. Wine, citrus juice, light vinegars, and Worcestershire sauce make excellent tenderizing ingredients while seasonings such as chilli, garlic, thyme, hot pepper sauce are perfect for flavor.
There are a large variety of store bought marinades that can also be used but avoid those with high sugar-fructose content as they can cause burning on the BBQ and turn you into a sugar monster!
By the way, the same rules apply to when you sear sirloin steak in cast iron skillet. Burned sugar is impossible to scrub off it!
An excellent recipe for a beginners marinade is:
- Take one large zip lock plastic bag, large enough to hold your steaks
- Chop three or four large cloves of garlic into small pieces
- Add half a cup of extra virgin olive oil
- Then a half a cup of tamari sauce
- Two tablespoons of Worcestershire Sauce
- You own choice of seasoning mix
- Teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Simply mix all of the ingredients together in the bag and then add the steak. Move the steak around to ensure it is completely covered in the marinade.
Don’t put the marinade bag back into the fridge if you are planning to cook it within 3 hours. You need it to come up to room temperature so that it cooks all the way through without burning on the outside. Leave to one side for between one and three hours for the steak to tenderize and take up extra flavor.
How to Cook BBQ Sirloin Steak Medium Rare
To BBQ a steak successfully the BBQ must be lit and the coals given time to heat up.
Generally it will take around 40 minutes for the flames to die down and the charcoal to reach the 500 – 600 degrees temperature needed for cooking a great steak. The coals will look grey when the BBQ is ready.
If you are using a gas BBQ, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for bringing it up to cooking temperature.
To cook a perfect medium rare sirloin steak:
- Place the steaks on the grill, always place them away from you to avoid getting burned by spits of hot fat.
- Leave the steaks for two minutes without moving and then turn one quarter and cook for a further two minutes. This will create an attractive cross grill pattern.
- Turn the steaks over and cook for a further two minutes.
- Then move the steaks off the direct coals and cover with the lid, let them cook gently for a further three or four minutes for a perfect medium rare steak.
- Leave the steak to rest for 5 – 10 minutes before serving with your favourite accompaniments.
You can also grill your sirloin steak.
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Testing How Well Done Your Steak Is
Everyone has their own favourite way of eating steak and it is important to know how well cooked your steak are if your guests around the BBQ are to enjoy themselves.
Judging how to long to cook a steak for is a matter of touch.
Use the flesh on the ball of your thumb to show how meat feels hen it is cooked. Press the flesh and this is how a rare steak feels, thumb and forefinger together show the feel of medium rare, thumb and middle finger for straight up medium, thumb and ring finger give for medium well and finally thumb and little finger for well done.
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