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PatioDaddio
09-23-2012, 02:50 AM
St. Louis Pork Steaks (http://www.patiodaddiobbq.com/2012/09/st-louis-pork-steaks.html)

Having been partially raised in Columbia, Missouri I thought it high time that
I feature a great grilled staple of the region -- pork steaks. St. Louis pork
steaks are "steaks" that are cut from a pork butt. They are typically
seared over a hot charcoal fire and then braised in a mixture of beer and
barbecue sauce. How can you possibly go wrong with that?

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-8-630.jpg

These are really simple, but the results are spectacular. I use a basic
"Dalmation" (salt and pepper) seasoning with a little garlic. I'd urge those
of you that are barbecue masters to resist the urge to over-complicate
things by adding a bunch of extra ingredients.

You want steaks that are cut at least an inch thick, but I prefer 1 1/4". If
you can't find them in the case at your local store (they're typically labeled
as "blade steaks"), just ask the butcher to cut some from a pork butt.

OK, let's get this show on the road.

Ingredients
4 large Pork steaks, 1 1/4" thick
3 Tbs Kosher salt
1 1/2 Tbs Black pepper, ground fresh
2 tsp Granulated garlic (not "powdered")
16 oz Beer (I used Bud Light)
18 oz Your favorite barbecue sauce (I used KC Masterpiece Sweet & Tangy (http://www.kcmasterpiece.com/bbq_sweettangy/))

Method
Combine the salt, pepper and garlic in a small bowl and mix well.

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-1-630.jpg

Season both sides of each steak liberally with the seasoning, then place
them in zip-top bags and refrigerate at least three hours, or overnight.

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-2-630.jpg

Start your grill and prepare for direct cooking over high heat (450-500º).
Sear the steaks on each side.

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-3-630.jpg

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-5-630.jpg

While the steaks are searing, combine the beer and barbecue sauce in a
large bowl and whisk to combine.

Put the steaks in a single layer in disposable aluminum pans and cover with
half of the beer and barbecue sauce mixture.

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-6-630.jpg

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-7-630.jpg

Cover the pans tightly with foil.

Move your coals to one side of the grill for indirect cooking. Put the pans
on the side of the grill opposite the coals and cook, indirect, for 90
minutes.

Note: Add charcoal as needed to keep the temperature at about 350º
throughout the rest of the cooking time.

Remove the steaks from the pans and quickly sear them over direct heat
(about 2 minutes per side). Remove to a platter and let rest for about five
minutes.

Serve and enjoy!

http://files.patiodaddiobbq.com/images/food/pork/StLouisSteaks-1-8-630.jpg

Makes about 6 servings

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John

Stoke&Smoke
09-23-2012, 03:36 AM
That looks dayum good CD!

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El Ropo
09-23-2012, 04:36 AM
Looks like two servings from here! Maybe one.

Garyclaw
09-23-2012, 08:19 AM
Outstanding John!!

I love pork steaks but never had them over 3/4 in.

Looks like a gotta job for a butcher:-D, and a great meal coming this week sometime!
Thanks John.

RAZORBACK JIM
09-23-2012, 08:38 AM
Thanks...I too, love pork sreaks and will give this a try!!!!!:clap:

Big George's BBQ
09-23-2012, 08:46 AM
John that sounds awesome Will have to try it

FireChief
09-23-2012, 09:16 AM
Wow, those look amazing !

Johnny_Crunch
09-23-2012, 09:37 AM
Looks good. I grew up on those as I was born in STL my mom cooked them all the time. Not popular in TX at all and hard to find.

GrillNewbie
09-23-2012, 09:39 AM
Yummy ! :clap2:

Wornslick
09-23-2012, 09:50 AM
When ever I heard BBQ come out of my Dads mouth when I was a kid I knew it was Pork Steak for supper. He loved them and so do I, thanks for the pics.

HickoryJ
09-23-2012, 09:50 AM
great idea. will definitely have to ask for them to be cut. dont recall seeing them in the case. thanks for sharing

HickoryJ
09-23-2012, 09:52 AM
is the beer just for taste? or does it do anything else for the steaks. my wife hates beer. was wondering about a substitute for the beer. cola? sprite?

cameraman
09-23-2012, 09:53 AM
Just what I needed, a reason to eat more pork! Looks great P Dadio.

---k---
09-23-2012, 09:59 AM
Always great posts. Thanks. :thumb:

criffaaa1
09-23-2012, 10:02 AM
gotta try doing em this way, looks great and thanks.

juslearning
09-23-2012, 10:22 AM
Love the pork steak. But have never tried this. Thanks.

PatioDaddio
09-23-2012, 11:57 AM
Thanks for all of the kind words, guys. I appreciate it.

John

code3rrt
09-23-2012, 12:17 PM
Abslutely on my must try list.......lookin' gooooooooood!

humblegriller
09-23-2012, 01:21 PM
Growing up in St. Louis I never heard of a pork butt till a trip to the south as a young adult, but every father I knew in St. Louis cooked pork steaks in this classic style! Lord, now I'm gonna have to go get some. Awesome, John!

Bludawg
09-23-2012, 01:28 PM
I can not Lie I would Fark that UP and ask for seconds!

cirk
09-23-2012, 01:39 PM
Best looking pork steaks I've ever seen. :clap2:

tortaboy
09-23-2012, 11:35 PM
John,

Steaks look great. Have you ever tried them boneless? I have access to boneless butts where I shop (Smart and Final), but they don't have meat cutters on site. Everything is pre wrapped. Just wondering if you've ever tried a comparison?

PatioDaddio
09-23-2012, 11:40 PM
John,

Steaks look great. Have you ever tried them boneless? I have access to boneless butts where I shop (Smart and Final), but they don't have meat cutters on site. Everything is pre wrapped. Just wondering if you've ever tried a comparison?

No, I've only used bone-in, but I don't see why boneless wouldn't work.

John

Bob13
09-23-2012, 11:49 PM
John,

Steaks look great. Have you ever tried them boneless? I have access to boneless butts where I shop (Smart and Final), but they don't have meat cutters on site. Everything is pre wrapped. Just wondering if you've ever tried a comparison?

They will absolutely work! I've used boneless steaks many, many times, and the result is equally as delicious!

John, of the threads I've seen on pork steaks, this one has the best pron... thanks!

PatioDaddio
09-23-2012, 11:55 PM
They will absolutely work! I've used boneless steaks many, many times, and the result is equally as delicious!

John, of the threads I've seen on pork steaks, this one has the best pron... thanks!

Thanks, sir! That's high praise indeed, coming from a dude in St. Louis.

John