When you think of other states and countries around the world, I think of things that represent that place, that make it unique. A group of bloggers from around the world are featuring their food, or something that represents the place where we are from. I represent Missouri, and so I really had to think about what food really represents the place we live.
I thought of Gooey Butter Cake, but it is more of a St. Louis thing. I think we do a fine job of BBQ and so I decided to take that path. Everywhere I eat at a BBQ place, I like to try their pork steak, to see if they can put a delicious spin on this cut of meat.
So together my husband and I decided to make Pork Steaks with Root Beer BBQ Sauce. Our joint adventure started with Bob smoking the pork steaks on our Green Egg. He loves any excuse to use the Green Egg. It's a thing with him.
A lot of people struggle with the difference between a pork chop and a pork steak. Pork steaks are cut from the pork butt, while a chop is from the rib/loin area. Pork steaks are really a Missouri thing. It's weird, but we've even killed over pork steaks here.
I made the BBQ sauce and Bob applied it at the last few minutes, basting over and over. They turned out fantastic!
Root Beer BBQ sauce
3/4 c jalapeno ketchup (regular ketchup is fine)
2/3 c root beer (not diet, the sugar in the drink is necessary)
1/2 c honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 T apple cider vinegar
2 T dijon mustard
1 T worchestershire sauce
1/2 t onion powder
1/2 t paprika
1/4 t pepper
Mix all ingredients and bring to boil. Cook at a low boil for 30-60 minutes, until it reduces to half. Glaze hot meat often, allowing the sugars to carmelize.
Go and visit the others to see what foods they chose for this wonderful blog hop. It is like traveling around the world without leaving your comfy seat. The Playground Parkbench is our wonderful hostess for this event.