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Smoked BBQ Pork Steaks

Join me for a St. Louis style barbequed pork steak, smoked on the grill, and then seared to lock in the juices and the BBQ sauce!

My husband and I relocated to the St. Louis area in 2012. Our daughter lived in Indiana and we wanted to be able to drive to her home in around 6 hours.  We knew we'd love the St. Louis area as it has its own food scene with many local favorites.  Toasted ravs (ravioli) from Rigazzi's on The Hill, Ted Drewe's frozen custard (my favorite is vanilla, topped with whatever is sounding good at the moment!), and St. Louis style pizza, from Imo's.  Ted's is celebrating its 90th birthday this year!

Lots of folks around here add beer to the basting sauce, but I love to add A&W root beer, the read deal with sugar so that the sugar carmelizes on the meat.  You can see my A&W inspired pork steak here.  

Pork steaks are a popular fundraiser in Missouri.  Every weekend you can see smokers and grills set up under pop up tents in a grocery store parking lot.  They are selling BBQ pork steaks, with corn on the cob and a slice of white bread, all served up in a styrofoam container.  We did many of these for our daughter's ice skating team.  I miss those days!

Pork steak is cut from the butt, which is why it benefits from slow cooking. Don't confuse it with the pork chop, which is from the loin. The chop is much leaner.  One of the best ways to cook them is using one of these best offset smokers.

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Smoked BBQ Pork Steaks

The most tender pork steaks are slow cooked in a smoker.
prep time: 5 Mcook time: 2 hourtotal time: 2 H & 5 M


  • 2 lbs pork steak
  • 2 T Rib Rub
  • 1/2 c BBQ sauce 


How to cook Smoked BBQ Pork Steaks

  1. Soak wood chunks for 30 minutes.
  2. Season pork with rib rub.
  3. Heat smoker with charcoal. Bring to the temp of 225. 
  4. Add wood chunks.
  5. Smoke for 90 minutes at 225 indirect heat, with applewood 5 chunks of 1 by 1 by 1  until it reaches an internal temp of 145, turning occasionally.
  6. Preheat gas grill to high.
  7. Brush on BBQ sauce.
  8. Sear on both sides.
  9. Baste with BBQ sauce again, and remove from grill.
  10. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  11. Serve.


We like our pork steaks cut thick, around 1 inch.
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  1. This sounds really good! We like pork steaks as well. I find that I generally like them better than pork chops. I have never used A&W, but I have used Dr. Pepper.

  2. We never cook pork steaks but after reading this I'm going to. We normally grill ribs or chops, but these look so delicious.

  3. well this look so delicious and perfect for this weekends party that we are going too! icant wait to make them!

  4. Oooh, this is amazing. I have never tried pork steaks but, now I want to. I can imagine they taste amazing off the BBQ. Going to pick some up tonight, thanks for the recipe.

  5. Yes please! These look so amazing! We love to grill over the summer so we'll be trying this for sure.

  6. This sounds like something that my whole family is going to love. I can't wait to make these steaks for them.

  7. I don't think I've ever made pork steaks before, but I should try this recipe for our cookout this weekend. It looks like one that would be a hit with all of my guests!

  8. That looks delish! I love those thin pork steaks. Sounds like a great summer dish.

  9. Oh my goodness! These beautiful smoked BBQ pork steaks look delicious! This is the perfect recipe for Memorial Day BBQs with family and friends. I can hardly wait to try this recipe!

  10. Jhentea8:26 AM

    Oh my goodness! You have a wonderful recipe! I was thinking of making this recipe this weekend. It would be fun for sure. I love it so much!

  11. This pork steak looks absolutely delicious! My husband would totally, totally love this and I'm so set to make it this summer!

  12. Pork steaks are gaining popularity. They've been on my list to make. These sound delicious and looks totally drool worthy.

  13. This looks good I will have to add this to my cookout this wekeend as a different option because we always go for the reg stuff.

  14. These look really yummy! I have not tried cooking pork steaks before. Just pork chops.

  15. These bbq pork steaks need to happen soon! They look so delicious!

  16. This is just perfect and in time for Memorial Day grilling! Can't wait to try out this recipe! Thanks!

  17. That looks delicious! I don't think I've ever had barbeque pork steaks before, but I think my family would like them.

  18. You make me want to go buy a grill or smoker! These smoked pork steaks sound and look so yummy!!

  19. All the yums! We love grilling and trying new recipes this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  20. You lost me more than once on this recipe but where you really lost me is soaking wood chips and a gas grill. First, soaking chips just causes a dirty smoke from smoldering chips. It doesn’t produce a thin blue smoke that you want when cooking. Second, a gas grill. Go stick burner or at least charcoal. Third, you said thick and then 3/4 inch steak. That’s not a thick pork steak at all.

    1. Thanks for your comments! We disagree about soaking the wood chips, we get a wonderful smoke for that short time. Second, we like the gas grill for the sear, and not starting a second charcoal grill just to sear. Third, we have to order our pork steaks cut at the 1" thickness where we are, which is why we called them "thick." Thank you!

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  22. Anonymous10:31 AM

    I'm always looking for tips and tricks when cooking Pork! I don't like it overcooked. This recipe is super helpful. Thanks!

  23. Anonymous7:38 AM

    I'm a STL girl and LOVE pork steaks. Our friends in Omaha had never had them, so of course we introduced them. Doing some tonight on the grill, will definitely add the root beer. Cheers!

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