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The Best Barbecued Pork Steaks


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These Barbecued Pork Steaks are marinated, rubbed in spices and slow roasted on the grill. Simply the most tender and flavorful pork steak recipe you will find!

This recipe is sponsored by the National Pork Board, but all opinions remain my own.

It's No Oven Summer! Using your outdoor  grill is a great way to keep the heat out of the kitchen. We've been grilling up a storm the past month! One of our favorite things to put on the grill is Barbecued Pork Steaks. They are so loved by everyone in our family. Especially my son, who requests these grilled pork steaks weekly!

"This recipe was excellent . I liked the beer and apple juice. I mixed them together and marinated with them instead of using it for basting. I basted with the barbecue sauce. This is my second time making it!" - Jeanie, reader comment

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What are Pork Steaks?

Pork steaks (pork shoulder steaks) were popular in Central Missouri where I grew up. Which makes sense, because they originated in St. Louis! Even though they originated in Missouri, they’ve grown to be popular throughout the Midwest in recent years.

Pork shoulder steaks are from the pork shoulder roast. This can also sometimes be labeled as a pork butt or Boston butt roast. I like my pork steaks cut a bit thin, about 3/4 inch thick. But, you can ask for them to be cut up to about 1 inch thickness.

Sometimes, you will see this cut referred to as a "pork blade steak." If your butcher does not have pork shoulder steaks, have no fear! They can cut them for you.

Pork shoulder steaks are generally an inexpensive cut and they pack a TON of flavor! This is why we love to barbecue them!

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How to Marinate Pork Steaks

When I barbecue pork shoulder steaks, I channel my Dad and my husband's Papa Don for the marinade. It's super simple, with only one ingredient!

So, what's the ingredient?


I know, I know. I'm SO Missouri right now.

But seriously, marinating pork in beer tenderizes it perfectly! You don't need fancy craft beer for this. Any light lager or pilsner will do.

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How to Season Pork Steaks

Pork shoulder steaks are a flavorful cut of meat on their own. They're bone-in and full of rich pork shoulder meat. For that reason, they can be delicious on their own with just a bit of salt and pepper! But, I like to add a few simple spices to form an INCREDIBLE crust on the pork while it grills!

Once marinated, pat the pork steaks dry with a paper towel. This will prepare a nice, dry surface for your seasonings to adhere to. And, it will help you get a nice sear on the grill!

My favorite way to season pork shoulder steaks is with a combination of these four spices:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder

I have recommended ratios for these spices in the recipe below, but please know that if you’re feeling lazy, you can just put a liberal shake of each over the top of the pork, and it’ll be amazing!

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How to Grill Pork Steaks

I believe that the best way to grill pork steaks is nice and slow.

We use a charcoal grill, so I typically prepare the coals and spread them out evenly once lit. Then, I let them mellow out for 15-20 minutes so the fire is not scorching hot.

I grill pork steaks with the spice rub only for 12 minutes per side. Then, an additional 5 minutes per side while basting with barbecue sauce.

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As an optional step, you can baste the pork steaks in a solution of ½ beer and ½ apple juice while grilling. If you marinate the pork steaks, this should not be necessary.

For safety, you need to get the pork steaks to minimum temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. I prefer to cook them a bit past this temperature. Keep in mind that pork shoulder starts to pull and is extremely tender at 195 degrees Fahrenheit. I believe that somewhere between 145 and 195 degrees Fahrenheit is the right temperature for tender pork steaks.

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Serve these Barbecue Pork Steaks with grilled corn on the cob and simple green salad for the perfect No Oven Summer supper!

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The Best Barbecued Pork Steaks

Yield: 5-6
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 34 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 34 minutes


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder steak
  • 24 ounces light beer
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 8 ounces sweet barbecue sauce*
  • For optional basting liquid:
  • 8 ounces light beer
  • 8 ounces apple juice


  1. Cover pork shoulder steak in light beer and marinate for a minimum of one hour, up to overnight.
  2. Prepare a grill to low heat.
  3. Pat the pork shoulder steaks dry with a paper towel.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder salt and pepper.
  5. Press the spice rub into the pork steaks, coating evenly on both sides.
  6. Grill on a covered grill (vents open) for 12 minutes per side, basting occasionally.
  7. Grill for an additional 5 minutes per side, brushing generously with barbecue sauce.
  8. Serve warm with additional barbecue sauce, if desired.


*Use your favorite barbecue sauce, but I recommend looking for a sweeter sauce that is high in brown sugar or molasses (check the ingredient list). This will help you get an absolutely delicious caramelized crust on the pork steaks!


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