The Best Barbecued Pork Steaks
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!
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 this grilled pork steaks recipe or my awesome marinated pork chops on a weekly basis!
“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
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! Along with some other delicious foods, like toasted ravioli and ooey gooey butter cake.
Even though BBQ pork steaks 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. Just ask the meat counter at your local grocery store, or your favorite butcher!
Pork shoulder steaks are generally an inexpensive cut and they pack a TON of flavor! This is why we love to barbecue them!
If you love this pork recipe, try some of my others on Blackberry Babe! Easy BBQ Pork Meatballs | BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos | Mexican Cochinita Pibil (Roasted Yucatan Style Pork) | Cream of Mushroom Pork Chops | Lemon Pepper Pork Chops | Smoked Pulled Pork (Beer and Apple Basted)
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.
“I made these tonight but not on the grill. Got rained out 😞 Made them in a grill skillet and they still turned out amazing. Will definitely make them again on the grill though. So glad I found this recipe. 5 stars all the way!!!”Bill, reader comment
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 simple pork rub 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 dry rub recipe 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 the sides of the pork steaks, and it’ll be amazing!
How to Grill Pork Steaks
I believe that the best way to grill pork steaks is nice and slow, over low heat.
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, first. Then, I baste with barbecue sauce for the remaining cook time. This gives the pork a sticky sweet, beautifully charred crust!
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.
Pork Steaks Temperature
For safety, you need to get the pork steaks to minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit using an instant-read thermometer. I prefer to cook them past this temperature.
Keep in mind that pork shoulder starts to pull apart 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.
Again, lean on your instant read thermometer to help you decide when to pull the pork from the grill.
Leftover Pork Steaks
Save leftover pork steaks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in an aluminum foil covered dish in the oven, or in a hot skillet.
This pork recipe does not reheat very well in the microwave. It seems to make them tough! If you do reheat in the microwave, I recommend adjusting the microwave power to 3 or 4 and reheating gently.
- 3 pounds pork shoulder steak (5-6 steaks)
- 24 ounces light beer
- 8 ounces sweet barbecue sauce
For the spice rub:
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
For optional basting liquid:
- 8 ounces light beer
- 8 ounces apple juice
- Cover pork shoulder steak in light beer and marinate for a minimum of one hour, up to overnight.
- Prepare a grill (check the two cook options below to choose your temperature).
- Remove the pork shoulder steaks from the beer, then dry with a paper towel.
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, smoked paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
- Press the spice rub into the pork steaks, coating evenly on both sides. Allow to rest at room temperature.
- If you'd like to baste the pork steaks while they're grilling, combine the beer and apple juice in a small bowl.
- QUICK GRILL OPTION: Grill on a covered grill over medium-high heat for 12 minutes per side, basting occasionally with the optional basting liquid.
- LOW AND SLOW OPTION: Grill on a covered grill over low-medium heat (or indirect heat on high) for 20-25 minutes minutes per side, basting occasionally with optional basting liquid.
- To finish the pork steaks, grill for an additional 3-4 minutes per side over direct heat, brushing generously with barbecue sauce on each side of the pork steak.
- Transfer to a platter or cutting board, and allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
- 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! Please don't skip basting the pork steaks with barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling, It's a game changer!
If sticky sweet is not your thing, you can reduce the brown sugar in the rub, and use a more savory BBQ sauce!
Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 754Total Fat 38gSaturated Fat 14gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 215mgSodium 751mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 2gSugar 22gProtein 59g
The nutrition for this recipe is calculated by an app, and may be incorrect.