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I love Top Sirloin.
What is not to love? Good flavor. Not too expensive.
It's typically the cheapest, tender steak you are going to get before you start sacrificing flavor, tenderness, or both.
When I find myself at a steak house, which I don't go into often, I will order the Top Sirloin and be quite happy when my bill comes that I didn't order a more expensive cut.
This post is about is all about helping you find what a good price for a Top Sirloin steak is.
My Early History with Top Sirloin
My first experience with Top Sirloin came when we would order them whenever I went to the Ponderosa Steakhouse buffet. As a child who struggled to eat different varieties of foods, I always picked a buffet for my birthday dinner as I know I could get a lot of food I would eat. I also liked that you could get in and get out fast, so I could get to opening presents.
What is a Top Sirloin Steak?
The Top Sirloin steak comes from the sirloin primal of the cow. It is one section up from the round primal which is the back end of the cow. Beyond the sirloin is the short loin, rib, then chuck.
The sirloin is not as tender as beef from the short loin primal but it is more tender than from the round. This is why it makes for a good value steak. To Sirloin is not quite as tender as the more desired cuts from the short loin.
The sirloin primal itself can be divided into 2 sections - top and bottom. Clearly the top sirloin is cut from the top portion of the sirloin. The bottom sirloin is where Tri-Tip comes from.
Top Sirloin steaks can be cut further into Top Sirloin Filet steaks. These are the most tender parts of the sirloin and looks like tenderloin. It can be a good replacement for tenderloin, but I don't find it sold at too many places.
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Other Steaks with the Sirloin Name
There are other steaks that have the name sirloin in them - Petite sirloin, sirloin tips, etc. These cuts are not as tender and as prized as the top sirloin. They may require different cooking methods. For this post we are just taking about top sirloin steaks.
Here are some prices I collected from stores around Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Walmart (Angus Choice), $8.44/lb
Whole Foods Market, $9.99/lb
Trader Joe's, $12.99/lb
Costco (Choice), $6.99/lb
Costco (Prime), $9.49/lb
What is a Good Price for a Sirloin Steak?
You can expect to pay between $5.99-$7.99 a pound for Top Sirloin steak. Watch for sales at Whole Foods. I really like their meat department and if you can get the Top Sirloin on sale it will be one of the best values.
I don't see prime Top Sirloin steaks at Costco all the time, in fact as of writing this post this was the first time I saw them. I think that would be a great choice to try out Prime beef and see if it is really worth it to you to get it over choice beef.
The prices at Trader Joe's are too high on sirloins as well as any steak really. $12.99 for a Top Sirloin. That is Ribeye prices! I think they are just overpriced at Trader Joe's and should be avoided. There is better value elsewhere.
How to Cook a Top Sirloin Steak
Grilling a Top Sirloin Steak or any steak really is always a good idea. However there is a way I like to prepare a Top Sirloin that it often overlooked. Sirloins do really well broiled. Broiling a steak is like grilling, expect the heat is coming from above instead of below. I learned this method from Alton Brown's book I'm Just Here for the Food. I have had success with this method many times.
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Recommended Steaks to Get Online
If you are looking to buy some steak right on the world wide web for yourself or for a very lucky gift recipient, there are options a plenty. The one I would recommend buying from the Chicago Steak Company. I love the Chicago Steak company because...
1. They sell quality steaks that are either prime or top choice steaks including Top Sirloin. Their steaks are either wet aged or dry aged for improved flavor.
2. They educate people about steaks. Their Steak University site has a lot of helpful information on steaks.
I am always about finding a good deal on steaks. I am seen deals for free shipping and/or free steak burgers and around special occasions like Father's Day. Check out the steaks from Chicago Steak Company.
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