It is said that King Henry VIII was so fond of this specific steak cut from the loins of beef, which he called it as’Sir Loin’, which became notoriously famous as the sirloin steak. The sirloin steak is cut from the lower part of the ribs, which continues onwards to the rump and the tenderloin. The muscles of this region are somewhat exercised and thus, the sirloin steak is a tad bit tougher than the other premium steak, the filet mignon. In actuality, the sirloin steak is the most affordable of the premium cuts of beef.
Sirloin steaks are cut with a bit of the bone attached to it. This bone adds flavor to the steak. Based on the area of the bone that’s cut with the sirloin steak, they may be pin-bone or hip-bone, flat-bone, round-bone and wedge-bone sirloin steaks. The wedge-bone sirloin steaks are closest to the rump and they are the least tender. There is variation in the size of the bone and the steak. Sirloin steaks are also sold with no bone. Boneless sirloin steaks are called as rump steaks or butt steaks.
Even based on the region of the loin from where the steak is cut, there may be different sort of sirloins. Sirloin steaks may be top sirloin and bottom sirloin. Bottom sirloin is less tender and it’s what is commonly available in stores. The bottom sirloin connects to the top sirloin butt roast, which is a challenging sirloin steak and better eaten roasted.
Sirloin steaks are generally cooked by dry-heating methods like grilling, sautéing or broiling after trimming the excess fat. Sirloin steaks are thought of as the most popular barbeque items and grilling maintains all their natural flavors. Best butt roast steaks are also good for roasting. However care has to be taken while cooking them as over-cooking will kill the nutrient value and the palatability of the beef. Ideally, sirloin steaks must be cooked to no more than medium rare.
A sirloin steak weighing about 3 ounces will have 219.3 calories, including 27 percent of protein and 15% fat.
Sirloin steaks deliver big cuts and they are the cheapest of the premium steaks. For this reason, they are the most favored number of steak for family get-togethers and backyard barbeques.