Grilled Bell Peppers

Grilled bell peppers are easy to make and delicious by themselves or more often as an ingredient in a larger dish. But not everyone knows how to prep bell peppers for grilling, so we’ll cover both prep and grilling in this post.

Rinse and dry the bell peppers, and remove any stickers on the surface.

Cut off the top and bottom of the pepper.

Remove top and bottom of bell pepper

Remove the center of the bell pepper using a knife or your fingers.

Remove seed pod from pepper

Slice down one side of the pepper and open it up so it lays flat.

Opening up the pepper

Remove the internal ribs.

Remove internal ribs of the pepper

Cut into manageable pieces for grilling.

Trimmed bell pepper

Brush both sides with vegetable oil or olive oil.

Brush pepper with oil

Season both sides with salt and black pepper.

Season pepper with salt and black peppet

Preheat the grill on HIGH. Use a grill brush to remove any debris, then reduce heat to MEDIUM.

Start the peppers skin side down.

Starting peppers skin side down

Grill for 5-8 minutes until charred and blistered. Turn the peppers and grill another 3-5 minutes until the flesh is soft.

Charred bell peppers

Remove the peppers from the grill. They can be eaten as-is or cut into smaller pieces for use in other recipes.


I always leave the charred skin on because that’s where all the flavor is!

If you have a recipe that calls for the skins to be removed, place the grilled peppers in a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the peppers steam for about 5 minutes.

Steaming peppers to remove skin

Pull off the skins using a paper towel or scrape them off using a knife.

Simple Sirloin Steaks

When I was a kid growing up in the 1970s, it was a big deal to go out for dinner at Saddle ‘N Sirloin in my hometown of Santa Rosa, California. In those days, going out for a steak dinner usually meant an affordable sirloin, and it was considered a special treat. Add some A-1 Steak Sauce (we didn’t know any better), a baked potato, and all-you-can-eat salad, ranch beans, and sourdough bread and you had a real meal!

Saddle 'N Sirloin matchbook

Today, I’m more likely to enjoy a ribeye steak or a filet mignon or a strip steak, but occasionally I get a hankering for a sirloin. What a sirloin steak lacks in tenderness and fat marbling, it makes up for in good flavor without breaking the bank.

So one day I’m shopping at Walmart and see these sirloin steaks on sale. I don’t typically buy meat at Wally World, but they looked pretty good and the price was right, so I picked up two.

Sirloin steak on sale

A sprinkle of garlic salt and black pepper was all that was needed before throwing these steaks onto the grill. You can make your own garlic salt by mixing 3 parts table salt with 1 part granulated garlic powder.

Steaks seasoned with garlic salt and black pepper

Preheat the grill on HIGH for 10 minutes, then use a grill brush to remove any debris. Reduce the temp to MEDIUM and grill over DIRECT heat.

Grilling sirloin steaks over medium heat

For a 3/4″ thick steak cooked to medium doneness (160*F), grill for 4-5 minutes per side; for a 1″ thick steak, 5-6 minutes per side. Increase or decrease the cooking time to achieve your preferred doneness.

Resting sirloin steaks after grilling

In the few minutes it takes to get the steaks off the grill and onto your dinner plate, and for you to find a steak knife, these guys will have rested enough for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat.

Close-up of grilled sirloin steak

These sirloin steaks are ready to enjoy!

As for steak sauce…I don’t do A-1 anymore. But in homage to the 1970s, I tried some Heinz 57 Sauce which was top-rated in a taste test by Cook’s Country magazine. They said that Heinz “provided a nice counterpart that let the meat shine through without overwhelming.” It’s “tomatoey, spicy, and earthy,” with a “sweetness [that] is rich and fruity,” and it has a “peppery tang.”

I’m not a big fan of steak sauce in general, but I thought Heinz 57 was pretty good as steak sauces go. More importantly, it served its purpose of taking me back to a simpler time when a sirloin steak and a bottle of steak sauce were not just a weeknight meal, but a special occasion.

P.S. Less-tender steaks like sirloin might benefit from the salting process described in this post: Salted Ribeye Steaks.