Recipe courtesy of Rusty Irons

Pork Steaks with Homemade Barbecue Sauce, Texas Style Yukon Gold Potato Frites, and Grilled Chayote

  • Level: Advanced
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 40 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

BBQ Sauce:

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 slices salt pork, cubed

1/2 white onion, chopped

2 shallots, chopped

6 garlic cloves, smashed

1 tablespoon ginger, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon ancho powder

1 bottle beer

1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce

1/2 cup ketchup

1/4 cup yellow mustard

1 bouquet garni of various fresh herbs (cilantro, parsley, thyme)

2 to 3 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup brown sugar

Pork Steaks:

4 thinly sliced (about 1/4-inch) pork steaks, bone-in, from the shoulder

Salt and pepper

Yukon Gold Frites:

2 to 3 Yukon gold potatoes

Canola or peanut oil

Sea salt

White pepper

Celery salt

Ground cumin

Paprika

Black pepper

Garlic powder

Chili powder

Lemon zest

Cayenne pepper

Dry mustard

Chipotle Aioli, for serving, recipe follows

Grilled Chayote:

1 to 2 chayote

Melted butter

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Grilled Roma Tomatoes:

2 Roma tomatoes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Olive oil

8 tablespoons pesto

Freshly grated Parmesan

Chipolte Aioli:

1 cup prepared mayonnaise

1 to 2 teaspoons chipotle en adobo

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in skillet. Add the salt pork and cook over medium heat until crispy. Remove the salt pork and set aside. Add in the onion and shallot and cook until translucent. Add in the garlic, ginger, and ancho powder and saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add in the beer, cook 5 minutes. Add in all other ingredients except 1 cup of chicken broth. Simmer for 15 minutes. If the sauce seems too thick, thin with the reserved chicken broth. Crumble the salt pork into the sauce. Set aside and wait for pork to grill. Season pork steaks with salt, pepper. Place on a medium-high grill and sear, 5 to 6 minutes on each side. Remove the steaks and dip in homemade BBQ sauce. Place back on the grill for 2 to 3 minutes, turning and basting to let the sauce caramelize on the pork steaks. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes. Serve with Yukon Gold Frites and Grilled Chayote and Tomatoes.
  2. Yukon Gold Frites: Thinly slice potatoes lengthwise to form a traditional thin chip. Toss into a hot pot of good frying oil (canola or peanut). Fry until partially cooked. Remove from oil and let drain on a paper-towel covered plate. Sprinkle with a homemade Texas-style dry rub spice (sea salt, white pepper, celery salt, ground cumin, paprika, black pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, lemon zest, cayenne pepper and dry mustard). Toss chips on a hot grill and cook through until brown, crispy, with nice grill marks. Serve with Chipotle Aioli to dip.
  3. Grilled Chayote: Slice 1 to 2 chayote lengthwise like the potatoes. Brush each side with melted butter and season with salt and pepper. Cook on a medium-high grill turning frequently to make crisscross marks on both sides. When fork-tender, remove from grill and season again.
  4. Grilled Roma Tomatoes: Slice 2 Roma tomatoes in half; core the center to remove seeds and to make a pocket. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Brush with olive oil. Fill pockets with pesto, about 2 tablespoons each, and sprinkle on some grated Parmesan. Grill tomatoes until tender but not falling apart, about 5 minutes if grill is very hot. Sprinkle with a bit more grated Parmesan, and serve.

Chipolte Aioli:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together.

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