Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

[FTC Standard Disclaimer]  I received a free sample of Dizzy Pig Spicy Pineapple Head in the mail. The approximate value is $0.62, so I think we're safe from undue influence on this one. 😋

Sirloin steaks are my red-headed stepchild. There's nothing wrong with them, but I have a hard time turning down the well-marbled ribeye steaks and NY strips that my grocery store routinely offers. But with COVID-19 affecting things, I need to shed some quarantine pounds, and beef prices have been a bit more expensive. Sirloin steak is a delicious, lean, tender, and less-costly alternative. 

These Grilled Sirloin Steaks with Sweet and Sour Vegetables are an excellent example of that. 

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Sweet and Sour Vegetables recipe on the Big Green Egg

I thought that the sweet and spicy flavor of the Spicy Pineapple Head would pair well with sweet and sour stir fry. My prep for the steak was simple - I marinated it in ponzu sauce, then seasoned it with Spicy Pineapple Head and grilled it.  

Grilled Sirloin Steak with Sweet and Sour Vegetables

Published 07/08/2020



  1. Marinate the steak. Place steaks in a zip-top bag. Whisk 2 tablespoons of oil into the ponzu sauce and pour it into the bag. Press out as much air as you can and zip the top. Place in the refrigerator for 6-8 hours.
  2. Preheat the grill to 400°f.  This is a bit cooler than I usually grill steaks, I did so to help keep from burning the sugar in the rub.
  3. Grill the steak. Remove steaks from the marinade and pat them dry. Lightly coat the steaks with 1 tablespoon peanut oil and then season with the Spicy Pineapple Head. Grill the steaks until they reach an internal temperature of 125°f, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to rest while making the stir fry.
  4. Stir fry the vegetables. Increase the heat to 450-500°f.  Place the wok on the grill and allow it to preheat for 4 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons oil and wait another minute.  Add the onion and pepper and continuously stir fry until tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Pour in just enough sweet and sour sauce to coat the vegetables and continue to stir fry until the sauce thickens, another minute or so. Remove from heat.
  5. Serve. Divide the cooked rice onto 2 plates and top with the sweet and sour vegetables, garnish with green onion. Slice sirloin and place next to the rice and veggies. Sprinkle a small amount (about 1/4 teaspoon) of Spicy Pineapple Head over the sliced steaks.

Yield: 2 portions

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.

Total time: 50 mins.

Tags: grill, steak, beef, sirloin steak, stir-fry

Ponzu is a sweet, slightly salty, and citrusy sauce made with mirin, rice vinegar, seaweed, and other things. If you can't find it, you could thin some teriyaki sauce with chicken stock and a splash of lemon juice.

Sirloin steak marinated in ponzu sauce and oil.
Zip-top bags are an easy way to marinade items easily in the fridge. Just flip it every few hours.

Spicy Pineapple Head grilling and bbq seasoning
The sweet tropical flavors of Spicy Pineapple Head make it ideal for chicken, seafood, fruits, and desserts, but I found it worked just fine on beef too.

Stir-frying happens in the blink of an eye, so having everything ready is extremely important. I was using my Big Green Egg Mini-Max, but I took advantage of my nearby Challenger Designs Torch grill cart.

Grilling sirloin steaks on the Big Green Egg Mini-Max kamado grill
My set up for this cook was a Big Green Egg Mini-Max with a Woo Rig in it. The rig slightly raised my grill grate for the steaks and held the wok for the stir fry. I had a Kick-Ash Basket full of lump charcoal.

I had concerns that the sugar in the rub might burn during grilling, but using the slightly lower temperature and elevated cooking grate took care of that.

Stir frying sweet and sour vegetables on the Big Green Egg Mini-Max kamado grill
You might notice that my lower air intake vent is almost completely closed. That's because while stir-frying with the dome-lid open, the fire will get all the air it needs.

Grilled sirloin steak and sweet and sour stir fry on the Big Green Egg.
The sweet and sour stir fry was the perfect side for the spicy and sweet steak. 

Want to check out more? Consider buying my books, The Kamado Smoker and Grill Cookbook and The Offset Smoker and Grill Cookbook.