Pork Steak w/ Bacon Brussel Sprouts

September 29, 2023 • 0 comments

Pork Steak w/ Bacon Brussel Sprouts
Welcome to the wonderful world of pork steaks, a flavorful and versatile cut sourced from the pork shoulder. These tasty cuts are known for their marbling and tenderness, making them perfect for a variety of cooking methods. In our recipe, we slow-grill these delightful pork steaks, infusing them with a rich, smoky flavor and making them oh-so-tender. Paired with sweet bacon-glazed Brussels sprouts, this dish strikes a perfect balance of savory and sweet.


Slow-Grilled Pork Steaks with Sweet Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts


For the Pork Steaks:

- 2 Jake's pork steaks 

- 2 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 teaspoon dried thyme

- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

- 1 teaspoon salt

- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

- 2 tablespoons avocado oil or lard

For the Sweet Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts:

- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved

- 1 large onion, diced

- Jake's Bacon Ends

- 1/4 cup maple syrup

- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

- Salt and pepper to taste


For the Pork Steaks:

1. In a small bowl, combine the minced garlic, dried thyme, smoked paprika, salt, pepper, and olive oil to make a marinade.

2. Rub the marinade evenly over both sides of the pork steaks. Place them in a resealable plastic bag or a shallow dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours to let the flavors meld.

3. Remove the pork steaks from the fridge and place on the counter for 30 minutes. 

4. Preheat your grill to medium-low heat (about 275-300°F).

5. Place the marinated pork steaks on the grill and cook them slowly, turning occasionally, for about 30-45 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 185°F. Use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.

6. Once done, remove the pork steaks from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

For the Maple Bacon-Glazed Brussels Sprouts:

  1. While the pork steaks are marinating and smoking, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped bacon and cook until it becomes crispy, about 7-10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon and set it aside on a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. In the same skillet with the bacon fat, add the halved Brussels sprouts and onion. Season them with salt and pepper and pan-fry for about 10-12 minutes until they start to brown.
  3. Drizzle the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts and stir to combine. 
  4. Continue to cook the Brussels sprouts for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized, stirring occasionally.
  5. Sprinkle the crispy bacon bits over the Brussels sprouts just before serving.

Below are a number of ways to enjoy Pork Steaks!

  1. BBQ Sauce Finish: Brushing your slow-smoked pork steaks with your favorite barbecue sauce during the last few minutes of grilling or smoking can add a flavorful, caramelized glaze.
  2. Sautéed Mushrooms: Top your pork steaks with sautéed mushrooms in garlic butter. The earthy flavor of mushrooms pairs wonderfully with the smokiness of the meat.
  3. Grilled Onions: Caramelized grilled onions can add a sweet and savory contrast to your pork steaks. Simply grill sliced onions until they're tender and slightly charred.
  4. Herb Butter: Create a compound butter with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or parsley. Allow it to melt over the hot pork steaks for a burst of flavor.
  5. Crispy Bacon Bits: Since you're already using bacon in your Brussels sprouts, why not sprinkle some crispy bacon bits over your pork steaks for an extra layer of smoky goodness?
  6. Homemade Gravy: Make a rich, savory gravy to drizzle over the pork steaks. This pairs exceptionally well with mashed potatoes or biscuits.
  7. Fruit Chutney: For a unique twist, serve your pork steaks with a homemade fruit chutney like apple or cranberry. The sweetness complements the smokiness beautifully.
  8. Mustard Sauce: A tangy mustard sauce can provide a zesty contrast to the smoky pork. Dijon or whole-grain mustard works great.
  9. Pickled Red Onions: Thinly slice red onions and marinate them in a vinegar-based brine for a bright and tangy topping.
  10. Garlic Aioli: Whip up a creamy garlic aioli to serve alongside your pork steaks. The garlic-infused mayo adds a luscious touch.

Feel free to mix and match these options based on your personal preferences and create a memorable dining experience with your slow-smoked pork steaks. Enjoy!