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Old 04-03-2013, 05:40 AM   #1
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St Louis Barbecued Pork Steak

When I was doing my Pigskin Challenge a couple years ago and came to St Louis, one of the foods the city is known for is their barbecued pork steak. It's nothing more than a pork steak (from the Boston butt cut) braised in beer and barbecue sauce, but it produces a very flavorful, tender piece of meat. It's become part of my rotation and this is how I make it.

Season both sides with salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and a little cumin. Then sear both sides on a very hot grill. Just enough to get some color.


Place the pork steak in a pan with some beer and some barbecue sauce. If you want to mix the liquids you can, but they will mix themselves as it cooks. Cover with foil and cook indirect for about an hour.


I remove the foil after an hour to let the sauce thicken. It's done at this point. And since the grill is going, you might as well cook the rest of dinner on it, too.


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Old 04-03-2013, 07:19 AM   #2
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Oooh, dang, that looks good. Pork steak is in regular rotation in this Missouri household.
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:23 AM   #3
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Oooh, dang, that looks good. Pork steak is in regular rotation in this Missouri household.
Hey thanks! You would know how good they are then
Is there anything special you do to your pork steaks?
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Old 04-03-2013, 07:59 AM   #4
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We love the Boston butt steak here as well. I marinate them in my fajita marinade over night, and then cook then on the grill like a regular steak. (that is to say: 2mins, turn 2mins, flip 2mins, turn 2mins. done. Then let sit wrapped in tin foil for about 10mins) Our steaks are not cut as thick as those. Ours are about 3/4 of an inch to 1 inch. Delicious. I will need to try the thicker cut with a beer braise. Nice

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Old 04-03-2013, 08:39 AM   #5
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Since I'm heading to STL in a few weeks, I've put that on my list of things to order. Anyone have any foodie spots in STL I should hit? I'm not staying downtown, but I will have a car (and hopefully a few free hours)? Any restaurant recommendations?
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:43 AM   #6
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CW, they are also known for their fried ravioli. Those are good, too. A different texture than the norm.
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Old 04-03-2013, 09:59 AM   #7
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I must try this! With St. Louis beer :)
Looks very good! I want some of those mushrooms too!
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Now your q-ing, my kind of meal! Nice.
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Old 04-03-2013, 11:32 AM   #9
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Man oh man, that spread looks just outa sight Pac!!

I'll be giving your pork steaks a try for sure, and the rest of the meal is right on the mark! Are those oval shaped things the frozen hash brown patties? What a great idea, and something I wouldn't have thought of for dinner, let alone the grill. I'm always impressed how you do such beautiful meals for yourself. So many single people don't bother and it's a shame. Kudo's !!!
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Man oh man, that spread looks just outa sight Pac!!

I'll be giving your pork steaks a try for sure, and the rest of the meal is right on the mark! Are those oval shaped things the frozen hash brown patties? What a great idea, and something I wouldn't have thought of for dinner, let alone the grill. I'm always impressed how you do such beautiful meals for yourself. So many single people don't bother and it's a shame. Kudo's !!!
I live alone most of the time (that's a long story). I always make breakfast and since that is my big meal of the day, I don't always cook something in the evening, rather I eat light. Many of my single friends don't cook. Funny thing is they are all good cooks, but without s/one to share the food with them, they do something quick (microwave popcorn, take-out). I don't think it is because they don't want to, but rather they end up throwing food out. And yes, Pac, your meals are always ones that have me wishing I lived close enough to drop in and dig in to what you've pulled together.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:04 PM   #11
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...So many single people don't bother and it's a shame. Kudo's !!!
Well I've been hoping some single women from DC would invite themselves over!
Those oval things are potatos halved lengthwise.
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:35 PM   #12
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Another great looking dinner, pac.
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Another great looking dinner, pac.
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I'm going to have to give this a try.
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Old 04-03-2013, 02:34 PM   #14
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Thanks, Andy, Linda.
Definitely give it a try. Braising the steak makes the fat all but disappear.
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So, how good does the beer have to be? Same rule as for wine? "Good enough for the cook to enjoy while cooking it."
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So, how good does the beer have to be? Same rule as for wine? "Good enough for the cook to enjoy while cooking it."
Good question. I'm guess since it is a St Louis dish, any Anheuser Busch product will do
Good old Budweiser works for me. I don't think it really gives it that much flavor, just thins the BBQ sauce and helps create steam. Helps tenderize the steak some.
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:03 AM   #17
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very nice, pacnar! a meal fit for a warrior!

do you buy a boston butt and cut your own steaks, or does a butcher sell them that way?
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Thanks, Tom.
The town store always has pork steaks. They package them in twos. It makes it nice because I don't have to deal with the bone if cutting them myself. Which in the case of this steak must have fallen out. It's partner has the bone.
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I've got some gammon steaks in the freezer. Think I'm going to make them using this recipe :)
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Gammon steak... is that a fresh piece of hind quarter, or has it been smoked?
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