Quick And Easy: Smoked Pork Steaks
Pork steak is simply cut up pork shoulder, pork butt or even Boston butt. It is extremely yummy when cooked at the right temperature using the right ingredients to yield to a tenderised, mottled, and juicy meat.
Different people have put across different methods of cooking smoked pork steaks but most will turn you down. If you want your guests to keep knocking at your doorstep asking for the secret ingredient, then you are not too late. If you want to try something other than smoked pork chops or your usual pork recipes, try this recipe out instead. All that you have to do while preparing smoked pork steaks is all here.
What you will need to follow this delicious recipe
You don't need a whole pork
First and foremost, it is important to note that you do not need a whole pork shoulder to make enough pork steaks. All you need is a sizeable piece of pork butt then slice it into as many sized steaks as possible.
Thus, it is very cheap and affordable to acquire just a kilogram of two of pork butt.
It is important to note that when smoked pork steaks are cooked the right way, they turn out to be among the tastiest meals on earth or supposedly that you have ever tasted.
You might find it hard to conquer with me at the moment but wait until you try out this amazing recipe. Most of the ingredients that I have used are readily available thus you do not have to stretch your pocket to acquire them at your local grocery store. It is one of the easy recipes, so no excuses!
Step by step instructions
You will need pork steaks as many as per your love for pork or as per guests list. You also need all-purpose dry rub, a can of coke, sprite, a spray bottle, brine, your preferred barbecue sauce, and honey.
Here is my brine recipe in which it should be noted that the measurements that I have given below for my recipe depend on the quantity of the pork steak.
For brine, use dark brown sugar, water, sprite and coke, apple juice, salt, and pepper.
It is advisable to brine the pork steaks for at least an hour for best results or even if possible for the night. Remove the pork steaks from brine afterwards, rinse it with cold water and then place them on a tray.
Grime a quantifiable amount of dry rub on the steaks’ both sides. You can check the rub recipes on this blog, or just make a mix of your favorite spices. At this point, you are allowed to grab a beverage to cool yourself down. Afterwards, light your coals and prepare the grill for smoking.
For the pork steaks placed on the tray, go and sprinkle them with honey on the side faced upwards.
Clean your grill then place the pork steaks very far away from heat. Place the form of wood you are using on the hot coals. In my case, I prefer apple wood which produces a sizeable amount of smoke.
If not available at your household, you can easily acquire them from your nearest grocery store.
Here is the interesting part. Smoke the pork steaks for roughly one hour at a temperature ranging 200 to 250 degrees Celsius. It is important for you to rotate the pork steaks to enable them spend equivalent time near the fire. You can also check the internal temperature for doneness.
You should ensure that smoke billows the entire period. As they are smoking, pour half of the sprite and coke into the squirt bottle. Spray the pork steaks with this every 15 to 20 minutes.
Having smoked the pork steaks for an entire hour, carefully take away the steaks from the grill wrap them individually with an aluminum foil. Wrapping them in an aluminum foil tenderizes them passively.
Put more coals to your grill to ensure that it remains at 250 degrees Celsius. Once more, take away the pork steaks from the heat then leave them to cook while wrapped in the aluminum foil for utmost 45 minutes.
After this, check the meat to see if is pulling away from the bone. If you note that the meat is still tightly attached to the bone, you can carefully wrap the pork steaks in an aluminum foil and leave it to cook for some minutes.
After the pork steaks have attained your desired tenderness, unwrap them from the foil and put them back to the grill. Pour the juices in the foil back to the pork steaks, then dash little bbq sauce on the steaks.
For the ultimate touch, dash some dark brown sugar and allow it cook for 5 to 10 minutes, just enough time for the pork steaks to caramelize.
You are ready to enjoy your pork steaks. After you are done you will see a pink line called a smoke ring surrounding the pork steak’s slice. This line is an indicator that you have cooked perfectly to give you smoky, tender, and delicious BBQ treat.
Smoked Pork Steaks
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 2 hours
- Total Time: 2hours and 10 minutes
- 2c water
- 1c apple juice
- 1/2c dark brown sugar
- 1/2c can of sprite and coke
- 1/2c salt
Other ingredients you could use for brine that I have not used
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
For pork steaks:
- 2 to 3 bay leaves
- Your right number of pork steaks as per your needs
- Your preferred BBQ sauce
- All-purpose dry rub
- A can of sprite and coke
- A spray/squirt bottle
- A spray/squirt bottle
- A tray
- Aluminium foil
Instructions For Smoking Meat
- Set up the grill for indirect heating.
- Brine the steaks for about one hour or if possible overnight. Remove the steaks from brine, rinse them with cold H2O then place them on a tray.
- Sprinkle rub coating on the steaks’ both sides. Sprinkle honey on one side facing up.
- Keep the steaks as distant from heat as possible. Put your form of wood or wood chips (I used apple wood for the smoke flavor) on the hot coals.
- Smoke the pork steaks for at least one hour at 200 to 250 degrees Celsius rotating them to enhance they spend equivalent time near the fire. Ensure that the smoke billows the entire time.
- In the process of smoking, use the remaining half of sprite and coke. Pour it into a squirt bottle and sprinkle it on the smoking steaks after every 15 to 20 minutes.
- Remove the pork steaks and wrap them individually using aluminum foil after smoking them for about one hour.
- Put some more coals to ensure that your grill stays at 225 degrees Celsius temperature range. Also, ensure that the wrapped pork steaks are as far away from heat as possible. Allow them to cook for utmost 45 minutes while wrapped in the aluminum foil.
- Check a slice of the steaks to see if the meat is pulling away from the bone. If you check and see that the meat is still tightly held to the bone, wrap the steaks once more in an aluminum foil and allow them to cook for some minutes while placed away from heat.
- After the pork steaks have achieved your desired tenderness, unwrap them from the aluminum foil and place them back on the grill. Pour the juices present on the aluminum foils back on the pork steaks. Afterwards dash some little bbq sauce on the pork steaks then dust some specs of the dark brown sugar on the best pork steaks.
Allow the steaks to cook for about 5 to 10 minutes to give them enough time to caramelize. Once you are done, you are ready to serve your smoked pork steaks with your choice of favorite bbq sauce and a side dish, like sweet potatoes or potato salad.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is a Pork Steak?
A pork steak is a cut of meat sliced off of the pork shoulder or Boston butt. They’re often labeled pork blade steaks because they usually contain the blade bone from the shoulder. They have a high level of collagen and connective tissue, as well as being fully marbled with fat.
Are Pork Shoulder Steaks and Pork Chops the Same Thing?
No, these two steaks are not cut from the same part of the pig. Pork steaks (also called pork blade steaks or shoulder chops) are cut from the shoulder. They’re dark in color and have a lot of fat and connective tissue. Pork chops, on the other hand, come from the loin, which is located on the pig’s back. It has a fat cap on the top but the rest of the loin chop is very lean without any intramuscular fat marbling.
What Does a Pork Steak Taste Like?
Pork steaks are loaded with flavor because they come from a working muscle. Working muscles are used daily and can be very tough because of all that work. When they’re tenderized, brined, and cooked low-and-slow, they become easier to eat and allow you to benefit from all that flavor.
What is the Best Way to Cook a Pork Steak?
Because the pork steak can be tough if it's not cooked properly, it’s important to pay attention when you’re cooking pork shoulder steaks. You can braise them, but we think they’re more flavorful when you cook them on the smoker. After brining them to tenderize the meat, we like to smoke the pork steaks between 200 to 250 degrees F.
Where Do You Find Pork Steaks?
It’s very difficult to cut your own pork steaks because they often contain the blade bone. Unless you have a saw and you’re ready to use it, you should ask your butcher to cut pork steaks for you! If they’re not regularly carried at your grocery store or local butcher, you can easily special order them.