What is Petite Sirloin (+ Learn How to Cook It Like a Pro)

Petite sirloin is a delicious and affordable cut with a great flavor.

However, it is often passed over for other cuts of beef.

Here’s why you should whip out the grill and give it a go. 

Where Does Petite Sirloin Steak Come From?

The Petite sirloin comes from the lower half of the cow.

It is also known as a ball tip steak or the loin ball tip steak.

They generally weigh between 6 to 8oz and are a bit smaller than your regular cuts of beef.

The cut comes from the tail region of the loin area but is closer to the rump area than to the loin.

Therefore, the petite sirloin comes from a muscular area and is extremely lean, and has a small amount of marbling in the middle.

Where to Buy in Petite Steak

In terms of availability, you can purchase petite sirloin from your butcher all year round.

When purchasing petite sirloin, aim for meat that is firm and has a clear, red color.

Avoid cuts that have a purplish tinge or are outside best before dates. 

Flavors And Marinades 

While the petite sirloin is not overly tender, it is jam-packed full of flavor, and still a fantastic option.

However, because it’s tougher than say the top sirloin or the filet mignon it is vital to rub or marinade the steak beforehand. 

There are many different options when it comes to marinating or rubbing petite sirloin.

Not only will the seasoning help tenderize the beef but it will also bring out the maximum flavor in the steak.

A popular option for delicious beef is to use a simple Worcestershire sauce, but there are also plenty of options if you’re feeling more adventurous, such as; grapefruit, mango,
 and miso marinade.

This cowboy steak rub is also great for petite sirloin steak, especially if you’re looking for something a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy.

Rubbing the steak with Kosher salt on both sides is also an alternative if you’re short on time.

After marinating or using a rub on the steak, let it sit for at least an hour.

Depending upon your chosen marinade, rub or sauce, be cautious as to how long you leave the meat.

If not left long enough it can be too chewy, however, if left too long the meat can become mushy and lose the beef flavor. 

Cooking Methods 

After it has marinated we recommend grilling or smoking petite sirloin steak. Avoid oven roasting!

When slicing up the meat aim to go across the grain, as it will make it more tender.

Because of their small size, petite steaks cook quickly. For grilling or broiling the steaks only need to be cooked for a couple of minutes on either side.

The minimum internal temperature should be 145°F to be safe. It is extremely important not to overcook petite sirloins as they become tough.

After cooking, remove it from the heat and let it sit for at least 5 minutes before serving


Petite sirloins are great value and at the cheaper end of steak prices.

While they can be smaller than other options, they still provide reasonable portions and are a great source of protein.

The average steak has 25g of protein, 3.5g of saturated fat, 50mg of sodium, 1.1mg of iron and 3.7mg of zinc, based upon a 3oz serving.  

How Should You Store It?

Raw petite sirloins can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Steaks kept in the fridge (marinated or otherwise) can be stored for 3-4 days.

If you’re looking for an affordable and tasty option for your next barbeque or family dinner, petite sirloins could be a superb choice for you.

While they take some time to marinate or flavor, they take only a few minutes to grill, can be used in a variety of dishes, and are a healthy addition to your next meal.

Smoke On!


Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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