BBQ Pork Butt Steaks

Some tips and info on those mysterious names of meat cuts from Grillin’

BBQ Pork Butt Steaks from

“The pork steak is cut from a pork shoulder, pork shoulder butt, pork butt or Boston butt which are all the same thing. The reason a cut of meat taken from the shoulder of a pig is called a pork butt is that when meat was shipped back in the day of wooden ships, this cut of meat was salted and packed into large barrels, known as butts, often bound for Boston which was one of our countries main ports at the time. Eventually the container name as well as the destination city were adopted for the name of that cut of meat.

A pork steak can be prepared in a multitude of ways. It can be marinated, rubbed, brined, sauced, or left naked. Once on the grill it can be smoked, indirected or grilled directly. It can be made spicy or sweet or salty or any combination there of. One of my favorite ways of cooking these is indirect with nothing more than salt and black pepper. The most common method of grilling pork steaks is to slather them in your favorite BBQ sauce. Another beautiful thing about pork steaks is they hold up well for large groups in that they can be stacked up in a disposable aluminum pan, slathered in sauce and kept warm and tender for hours.”


Grillin Recipe for BBQ Pork Butt Steak (check out the link for photos and more details)

The first step is to cover in a rub


Rub Ingredients:

2 tbsp onion powder

2 tbsp garlic powder

1 tbsp kosher salt

2 tbsp ground pepper

1 tbsp raw sugar

1 tsp red pepper


Rub generously onto the steaks and place into ziploc bags and refrigerate three hours to overnight.

Start a fire/heat up your grill.  I like to start with the coals medium-hot to quickly sear the steaks. Then close off the air flow to the grill so that the temp drops to a medium-low heat (approximately 250 degrees).  Then continue to grill the pork steaks, turning occasionally for approximately ninety minutes for steaks 1 1/4 inch thick.


During the last 20 minutes of cooking, brush bar-b-que sauce onto the steaks (10 minutes on each side):


Cooking time will vary from grill to grill as well as based on the thickness of the pork steak.  If pork steaks are cut an inch thick or less they will need much less cooking time. 


You can also check out Grillin’ Fools Reverse Seared Pork Butt 

The photo is them showing off the smokey flavored ring in the pork steak.

Steaks recipe that gives a deeper smoky flavor to the meat.