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Dec 7, 2006 06:06 PM

What Are Steak Tips?

I can't believe I never found out when I lived back there. What are steak tips, or is that like asking what's in a hot dog?

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  1. They were "sirloin tips" at one time, and still are in many places. My understanding is that they're cut from the upper part of the sirloin, near where it joins the short loin, so they're something like a cut-up sirloin steak. If they're just marketed as "steak tips" I guess they could come from anywhere.

    1. I've only heard of steak tips in New England. Is it national or mostly regional?

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      1. Okay - after reading what you posted about what you think of Boston restaurants - I know you're not shy. I think you said you lived in Boston for 11 years. It's a regional cut of meat, and sirloin steak tips were sold in every store in the butcher department (not a mystery meat). It's like somebody asking about the delicious Chicago tri-tip - regional - but just curious why you would compare a cut of beef to a hot dog?

        1. re: Rubee

          "Steak tips" sounds like mystery meat to me. The comparison to hot dogs was sardonic, as in who the hell knows what's in a hot dog anyway?

          1. re: Rubee

            I'm just guessing, but to me it implied that when a cut of meat is labeled "tips" it implies a mystery meat mashup. After all, why doesn't the name tell us where its really coming from?! Its ambiguous, and thus open to the most negative interpretation. Is it jumbled scraps? Also... it could be from different cuts. Others have mentioned sirloin tips and I was thinking of filet tips.

        2. got them in canada.. or at least where i live. not the nicest cut of steak, i usually only use them cut up in stews or in strips for stir fry

          1. So these are not tips of beef filet? I use them (and have generally refered to them as "beef tips") for classic stroganoff, or a quick version of the Cantonese dish "Chinese Sizzling Beef" Usually you can get them *relatively* cheap, or reserve the tip area from the purchase of bulk filet of beef.

            So... is this particular item refering only to sirloin tips, or also to filet tips?

            1. so comparing a steak tip to a hot dog? ok, steak tips are just another cut of meat, like ribeye, or new york, or sirloin, they're just a cut of steak