Sugar & Spice Rubbed Sirloin

Use this sugar and spice rub that caramelizes on the grill and creates a crackling, burnt sugar char and juicy, rare center.

Serves: 6Prep: 2 hoursCook: 15 minutesTotal: 2 hours 15 minutes

Serves: 6


  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 pounds top sirloin steak, about 1” thick


  • Combine the rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  • Rub one side of the steak with half the rub mixture. Allow to sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
  • Spread the remaining rub on the other side of the steak. Allow to sit at room temperature for 30-45 minutes.
  • While the steak is sitting, prepare the grill for high heat.
  • When the steak is ready, place on grill. Five minutes on each side is rare, so depending on your preference, char each side to get a nice crisp crust then move to a more indirect side of the grill to prevent flare ups, letting the steak cook a total of 6 minutes per side (which would yield a red medium rare).
  • Remove the steak from the grill (once the internal temp reaches 145°) and allow to sit for 10 minutes before slicing. Slice diagonally ¼” thick.
  • Refrigerate leftovers.