Grilling Steak Tips – The Essence of Man

28 Dec

Grilled Steak Tips Over a Wood Charcoal Fire Recipe; The Fragrance for Men!
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I swear, if I could bottle the smell of grilled steak tips into a cologne, I’d be a happy man (with a lot of bottles of cologne and likely a lot of debt). But what better way to bring us back to those good old caveman days of meat and fire (and short life expectancy – what?!? Just keeping the mood light?) than grilling marinated tips over a wood fire until they are so tender you just want to bottle it (what is wrong with me?!?! I’m obsessed with this bottling idea, right??!!?? That would never work, would it? Why? You interested in investing???). Today I’m sharing my marinated grilled steak tips recipe that is as easy as it is delightful, whether you’re bottling your steak tips for further fragrance use or sitting down for dinner. Marinated Steak Tips over a wood charcoal fire and mesquite wood chips from Paggi Pazzo

To be fair, this recipe is a modified version from my buddy Andy’s tips but I’ve added my own Paggi Pazzo twist to make this grilled marinated steak tips recipe my own. I prefer to buy my tips pre-cut and as whole strips but you can cut yours before grilling or buy them cut as well, the choice is yours. I prefer them uncut when putting on the grill because when the steak tips are done and then sliced into tips, half the edges are crispy while the others are medium rare and tender to the touch (just like my new cologne – Tender Tips for Men, represented by our spokesman Ron Swanson).

Start your marinade by putting together in a bowl (or large zip-lock bag) olive oil, red wine vinegar, BBQ sauce (I prefer honey BBQ sauce – giddy up!!!), Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and finally mayonnaise (just kidding on the mayo). Add your tips and let sit overnight (in the fridge of course) and when they’re ready – fire up your charcoal grill! I like to use mesquite wood chunks for the tips with lump hardwood charcoal to give my cologne…uhhhhh, I mean steak tips…a nice smokey flavor. When the wood charcoal is nice and grey, dump into the grill pit and dress the grates with olive oil or a half-cut onion. Now you can throw those bad boy steak tips on the grill!!! Over high heat, I char each side for about 2 minutes and then move the steak tips to a medium heat zone where I grill for another 7 minutes per side. Once they’re done, I go against conventional wisdom and slice the steaks into tips immediately so that some of the outside edges are nice and rare. Most would wait 5-10 minutes to cut but I don’t want the soon to be outside pieces to keep cooking internally.

I love a nice hearty red wine to go with my marinated steak tips so I usually recommend an Argentinian Malbec, a Californian Cabernet Sauvignon, or a French Médoc. You really can’t go wrong with any of these. So there you have it, Paggi Pazzo’s newest cologne, errrr – grilled marinated steak tips over a wood charcoal fire, enjoy!!!

Grilled Marinated Steak Tips recipe from Paggi Pazzo

Grilled Steak Tips Recipe

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 20 min
Total time: 30 min
Yield: 4 servings


  • 1.5-2 lbs. steak tips
  • pinch salt
  • pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry bay leaves
  • 1/4 cup honey barbecue sauce

Cooking Directions

  1. Marinate steak tips in Worcestershire sauce, olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey barbecue sauce, salt, pepper, dry bay leaves, onion powder and garlic powder and put in fridge overnight (you can either cut the steak loins into tips if purchased whole or cut after grilling but personally I prefer to cut after grilling to allow the sides a tender medium rare texture)
  2. Start chimney starter full of hardwood lump charcoal and some mesquite wood chips by using a match to paper towel dressed with olive oil under starter. Once the wood charcoal is grey, dump into grill pit
  3. Oil grill grates with paper towel dressed in olive oil
  4. Add steak tips to grill and sear at high-heat for 2 minutes on each side then move to medium-to-high heat and turn 7-8 minutes per side (slow cook for best tenderness)
  5. Once tender or to your liking, remove from grill and let cool for 5 minutes
  6. Ready to serve

Grilled Steak Tips Recipe

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3 Responses to “Grilling Steak Tips – The Essence of Man”

  1. The Big Ceci January 13, 2012 at 5:41 pm #

    Awesome post! This seems like a fun and different way to enjoy the beautiful perfection that is a medium-rare steak…can’t wait to try it. One question – do you find that the olive oil on the grate is able to withstand the high heat of the coals without burning? I never know what kind of oil to use on the grate when I’m grilling a steak.

    • Paggi Pazzo January 13, 2012 at 8:34 pm #

      Hello Big Ceci!!
      Thank you for your post and great question! I find that the olive oil does work if you marinate your steaks (or beef) and make sure to give them a quarter-inch turn before they burn or stick to the grates. I also find that if you cut 1/2 an onion and with a grill fork tong rub against the grates, it provides a great additional flavor. Now if we’re talking no marinade for your tips, then I think you do run into a potential issue so I’ll sear them over a high-heat on the grill (both sides) and then quickly move them to a medium-heat zone to finish grilling. That seems to work for me but if you have any additional tips, please feel free to share – and come back and stop by any time!

      • Paggi Pazzo January 13, 2012 at 8:35 pm #

        In addition, I always use olive oil – it’s in the blood 🙂

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