Bourbon Brown-Sugar Steak Tips


1/2 to 1 cup bourbon (to taste)
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.


4-6 servings

Preparation Time

25 Minutes

Total Time

125 Minutes

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One cup of bourbon is way way

One cup of bourbon is way way way too much and it overpowers the other ingredients. Use 1/2 cup instead and it will be perfect.

Thanks for your thoughtful

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Thanks for your thoughtful comment, Vera. We have adjusted the recipe. Good idea. Enjoy!