Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Pork Steak Rub

My time is generally not my own, but I managed to grab a few hours over the weekend, pulled the cover off of the grill, and fired it up for the first time this season. I hadn't planned on turning any of this into a blog post (hence the excruciatingly bad photos), but I made the most delicious pork rub that I just had to share.

What I made were pork steaks that both we and dad enjoyed over the course of two days. If you're not from the St. Louis metro area, pork steaks may be foreign to you. They are simply steaks sliced from a whole pork butt, cookedSt. Louis-style, which has come to mean
grilled and sauced."

If you haven't tried a pork steak, it is probably time that you did, but, if not, this rub will work on any pork-y thing that you plan to grill.

You can dial the heat up or down according to your tastes, but I found this to be spot on. Coat your pork steaks on all sides with the rub, place them in the fridge, covered, and let them hang out for 4-8 hours. Then sear both sides on the grill, hmmm, about 3-4 minutes per side until they look like the bottom photo, then put them into a roasting pan (I just used a 9 x 13 baking pan), douse them liberally with your favorite barbecue sauce, cover the pan tightly with foil, put them into a 300-degree oven, and forget about them for three hours. During the last half hour of cooking, if the sauce is too runny, remove the foil, and let it thicken up a bit.

At this point you can plate them, or refrigerates them to warm up the following day. Personally, I thought ours were significantly better on the second night.
Pork Steak Rub 
(Enough for 4 large pork steaks)

 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder
1-1/2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons Kosher salt
1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 teaspoon onion powder
Pinch of cayenne

Whisk all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl.  Rub liberally over pork steaks 4-8 hours prior to grilling.

Mix keeps for 2 months.

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Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love pork and a pork roast is my favorite. They look wonderful and I am sure they were very good.

Thanks so much for the recipe.


Miz Helen said...

This looks like a great rub for a lot of different recipes! Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great day!
Miz Helen