Maple Bourbon Steak Tips Recipe

When you're craving the hearty, savory flavors of steak, but you're not interested in firing up the grill, your next best bet is to cook up this delicious recipe for maple bourbon steak tips. The hands-on work for this recipe only takes 25 minutes total, and only 10 of those minutes are spent cooking. That means if you plan ahead and mix and marinate the steak the night before you make it, you can have your main course cooked in just a few minutes. 

Ultimately, the main thing you'll have to plan for is your sides. "I would pair this with garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, a simple green salad with vinaigrette dressing, or roasted sweet potatoes," says recipe developer Chanel Murphy-Lowe of My Fabulous Food. "As for drink pairings, a nice red wine like a cabernet sauvignon or a fruity cocktail like a bourbon smash would complement the flavors of the glaze." 

And it's the glaze that's what makes this a special favorite of Murphy-Lowe's. The sweet and savory elements combine to give it a distinctly perfect flavor combination worthy of an indulgent dinner at home.

Gather the ingredients for maple bourbon steak tips

You don't need much when it comes to this recipe, and most of the ingredients are meant for the marinade. Gather up maple syrup, bourbon, pineapple juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper, steak tips (Murphy-Lowe suggests sirloin or tri-tip), a neutral oil for cooking, and fresh parsley for garnish (if you're so inclined). 

It may come as a bit of a surprise, but the special ingredient in this recipe isn't actually one of the ingredients listed in its name. "The special ingredient is definitely the pineapple juice," says Murphy-Lowe. "The addition of pineapple juice makes this glaze special and sets it apart from more traditional glazes. It gives the glaze a tropical flair. The combination of the maple syrup, pineapple juice, and bourbon work together to create a unique sweet and tangy flavor profile with hints of warm depth from the bourbon."

Mix the marinade

Mixing up the marinade is a pretty simple process. Grab the maple syrup, bourbon, pineapple juice, mustard, garlic, salt, and pepper, then add them all to a bowl. Use a whisk to whip them together until it's well combined. 

Even though there are a few tangy and spicy elements in the glaze, Murphy-Lowe says it ends up more sweet than strictly spicy or savory thanks to the deep sweetness of the juice and syrup. 

Marinate the steak tips

With the marinade ready to go, simply place the steak tips in a dish or zip-top bag, and add the marinade on top. Make sure all the pieces of steak are fully coated in the marinade before covering or sealing the container. Allow the steak tips to marinate in the fridge for at least an hour. 

"The marinating process allows the flavors to penetrate the meat, making it tender and flavorful. There's no upper limit on how long the steak can be marinated," Murphy-Lowe says, so it's fine to start this process ahead of time and let the marinade do its magic overnight. 

Cook the steak tips, basting them as you go

When you're ready to start cooking, add the oil to a cast iron skillet and set the heat to medium-high. Take the steak tips out of the marinade, allowing any extra to drip off. When the skillet is hot, add the pieces of steak to the pan and cook about 4-6 minutes per side. 

It's important to occasionally baste the pieces of meat with the remaining marinade. "While cooking, you can flip the steak tips once or twice and baste them on each side during the process. So, you'll cook one side for 4-6 minutes, flip, baste, cook the other side for another 4-6 minutes, and flip and baste again," Murphy-Lowe explains. This basting process helps enhance the flavor while creating the caramelized glaze. 

Rest the steak, garnish, and serve

The length of time you cook your steak tips depends on how well done you like your meat. Murphy-Lowe recommends cooking them to medium, but if you prefer them more or less done, it's best to use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat to know when to take them off the heat. "The ranges are 130-135 F for medium rare, 140-145 F for medium, and 150-155 F for medium well," says Murphy-Lowe. 

When the steak tips done to your liking, remove them from the skillet and set them aside to rest. This allows the juices to redistribute within the meat so they don't simply pour out when you make the first cut, keeping the steak juicy. After a few minutes, garnish with fresh parsley and serve with your favorite sides. 

And if you don't finish all of the steak in one night, you can keep the meat for up to 3-4 days in the fridge, if sealed in an airtight container. Simply reheat in the microwave or on the skillet over low heat. "Adding a splash of water can help the glaze loosen up," Murphy-Lowe adds.

Maple Bourbon Steak Tips Recipe
5 from 38 ratings
The combination of the maple syrup, pineapple juice, and bourbon work together to create a uniquely sweet and tangy flavor profile in this steak tips recipe.
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maple bourbon steak tips
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 ½ pounds steak tips (sirloin or tri-tip works well)
  • 2 tablespoons neutral cooking oil
Optional Ingredients
  • fresh parsley, for garnish
  1. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, bourbon, pineapple juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper until well combined.
  2. Place the steak tips in a shallow dish or zip-top bag, and pour the marinade over them. Make sure the steak tips are evenly coated.
  3. Cover the dish or seal the bag, and let the steak tips marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight for maximum flavor.
  4. Remove the steak tips from the marinade, allowing any excess marinade to drip off.
  5. Drizzle the cooking oil in a cast iron skillet set over medium-high heat.
  6. Once the skillet is nice and hot, place the steak tips in the skillet, and cook for about 4-6 minutes per side, depending on your desired level of doneness.
  7. While cooking, baste the steak tips with the remaining marinade to add flavor and create a caramelized glaze. Baste once or twice during the cooking process, turning the steak tips to ensure even basting.
  8. Once the steak tips are cooked to your liking, remove them from the skillet and let them rest for a few minutes.
  9. Sprinkle fresh parsley on top of the steak tips for garnish, if desired.
Calories per Serving 412
Total Fat 18.1 g
Saturated Fat 4.5 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 77.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
Total Sugars 25.5 g
Sodium 460.7 mg
Protein 23.8 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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