(Boston, MA 04/19/16) Coppersmith's steak tips by executive chef Jason Heard at Coppersmith in South Boston on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki (Photo by PHOTO BY NICOLAUS CZARNECKI/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald via Getty Images)
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The Cut Of Meat Steak Tips Come From
The ambiguous name of steak tips can be confusing — you can adjust your cooking method to a different time, temperature, and technique if you know you're cooking a tenderloin or ribeye, but it's not obvious as to where tips come from. In fact, steak tips may come from a few different sources, but one is more common than the others.
Steak tips are usually bite-sized pieces of the sirloin, which is a flavorful and affordable cut, but it can be tough and low in fat. Cook’s Illustrated recommends looking for steak lips specifically labeled “sirloin tips,” as they come from the portion of the sirloin that has the deepest flavor, and there are a few ways to make the tips more tender.
When cooked quickly on a skillet or grill, steak tips should first be marinated to break down their tougher tissues. The best way to cook them, however, is slow braising in a slow cooker or stew recipe; no matter how they’re prepared, take care to make sure they don't overcook, and you can enjoy an affordable, versatile, and tasty dinner.