This inexpensive steak cut comes from the animal's leg. While the meat is somewhat lean, marinating, and grilling this cut can give good results.
Other Common Names
- Round Sirloin Steak
- Round Primal
Sirloin Tip Center Steak Cooking Methods and Tips
Typical Cooking Methods
General Cooking Recommendations
Marinate this steak, then cook over high heat, but not past medium-rare.
This steak doesn't have much flavor or tenderness on its own, so it's best to try to create what you can. A marinade or rub will help with the flavor and tenderness. Taking care not to overcook will also help keep this steak tender.
How to Cook Sirloin Tip Center Steak on Your Traeger
To cook this cut on a Traeger, marinate it first, or apply a generous amount of rub. Set the grill to high, and cook 5 to 7 minutes on each side, or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare.
Sirloin Tip Center Steak Internal Temperatures
- For rare, aim for 120-130 °F internally.
- For medium-rare, aim for 130-135 °F internally.
- For medium, aim for 135-145 °F internally.
- For medium-well, aim for 145-155 °F internally.
- For well-done, aim for 155-165 °F internally.
Sirloin Tip Center Steak FAQs
Is Sirloin Tip Center Steak a Good Cut?
This cut isn't among the better steak cuts for tenderness or flavor. It is a less expensive alternative to larger and more flavorful cuts.
How Much Does Sirloin Tip Center Steak Cost?
Sirloin tip steak should cost between $5 to $8 per pound. This is one of the least expensive steak cuts.
How Do You Know When Sirloin Tip Center Steak Is Done?
This cut is done when the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare. Avoid overcooking. It will make this cut even tougher.
What Is a Sirloin Tip Center Steak Best For?
This cut is best for marinating and grilling. The meat needs extra tenderness and flavor that marinating provides.
Can Sirloin Tip Center Steak Be Cooked From Frozen?
Yes, you can cook this cut from frozen if you cook it quickly over direct heat.
Interesting Facts About Sirloin Tip Center Steak
The name "sirloin" is misleading. While this cut does have similar tenderness to steaks from the sirloin section, it actually comes from the round section of the animal -- specifically, the legs.
Sirloin tip center steaks are cross sections of the sirloin tip center roast. The steaks and roast all come from the rectus femoris muscle, which is ranked as the 7th most tender on the animal.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association identifies the sirloin tip center steak with UPC number 1550. You may see this number in the UPC code on the beef package label at the supermarket.