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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Drizzle the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar over the Brussels sprouts and stir to combine.
- Continue to cook the Brussels sprouts for an additional 10-12 minutes, or until they are tender and caramelized, stirring occasionally.
- Sprinkle the crispy bacon bits over the Brussels sprouts just before serving.
Below are a number of ways to enjoy Pork Steaks!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- Homemade Gravy: Make a rich, savory gravy to drizzle over the pork steaks. This pairs exceptionally well with mashed potatoes or biscuits.
- 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.
- Mustard Sauce: A tangy mustard sauce can provide a zesty contrast to the smoky pork. Dijon or whole-grain mustard works great.
- Pickled Red Onions: Thinly slice red onions and marinate them in a vinegar-based brine for a bright and tangy topping.
- 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!