Grilled Maple Whiskey Top Sirloin BBQ Sandwich

Exactly what you need for your next cookout or tailgate party!

Makes: 6 Servings

Prep Time: 15 Minutes

Cook Time: Up to 30 Minutes


  • 1 Star Ranch Angus® top sirloin steak, center-cut (about 2 lb)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pan spray
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • ¾ cup Tennessee style whiskey
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup real maple syrup


  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 28 oz can unsweetened pureed tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 loaf sourdough bread, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  • 4 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ½ cup arugula leaves for garnish


  1. Prepare the sauce: (This may be made up to 1 week in advance.) Coat 10 inch wide sauce pot with pan spray. Preheat pan over medium heat. Add onions, stirring over medium heat until onions are translucent — about 5 minutes. Add the whiskey and increase heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes at a low boil until the alcohol is reduced to cup. Add brown sugar, maple syrup, smoked paprika, tomato sauce, thyme, Dijon mustard, and salt. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to fully cool before the next step.
  2. Marinate steak and ¾ cup of the maple bourbon barbecue sauce in a zip top bag for 30 minutes in the refrigerator. (Meat can marinate for up to 12 hours ahead, if desired.)
  3. Preheat grill on high to 425°F.
  4. Grill steak for 4 to 6 minutes on each side, depending on doneness preference. Allow steak to rest for 5 minutes on a board before slicing.
  5. Spread butter on both sides of bread slices. Grill bread for 2 to 3 minutes per side. Top each slice with thinly sliced steak pieces and drizzle with barbecue sauce. Garnish with arugula leaves, if desired.
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Prepare grill (charcoal or gas) according to manufacturer's directions for medium heat. To check temperature on a charcoal grill, cautiously hold the palm of your hand above the coals at cooking height. Count the number of seconds you can hold your hand in that position before the heat forces you to pull it away, approximately 4 seconds for medium heat.

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