Friday, January 10, 2014

Grilled Pork Steaks with Hot Link BBQ Sauce

For as many veggies as I eat, I love a perfectly cooked piece of meat as much as anyone. Pork is one of my favorites. It's leaner than steak, but so much more flavorful and juicy than chicken. Add a BBQ sauce, and I'm in heaven! This one is made with beer and hot links, adding complexity. The great news is it starts with bottled sauce (I like Sweet Baby Ray's) making it easy! Serve with cheesy mashed potatoes and roasted broccoli for a completely fabulous meal.
Grilled Pork Steaks with Hot Link BBQ Sauce
An amped-up sticky sweet BBQ sauce slathered on juicy pork steaks.
Serves 4
4 bone-in pork shoulder steaks: 12-16 oz. each                                                                     
Salt and pepper                                    
Olive oil                                    
1/4 cup butter
1 cup onions sliced
1 to 2 jalapenos sliced
1 T chili flakes
3 to 4 cloves garlic sliced                                                                      
1 smoked pork hot link roughly chopped into small pieces
2 cups sweet BBQ sauce with a high sugar content: important so that the glaze sticks to the steaks.
1/2 bottle beer
Juice of 1 lemon

For the sauce:
Melt the butter in a pan then sauté the onions, jalapenos, chili flakes, garlic and hot links over medium-high heat stirring frequently and until softened about 10 minutes. Add the beer, BBQ sauce and lemon juice. Cook for 2-3 minutes or until thick and sticky. The sauce can be made up to a week in advance.
For the steaks:
Coat the steaks lightly with the oil of your choice. Season the steaks liberally with salt and pepper with an emphasis on black pepper. Grill the steaks over high heat until cooked medium- about five minutes. Start glazing the steaks with the thick and sweet BBQ sauce turning frequently to caramelize the sauce.
Serve the steaks with additional sauce on the side.
Recipe adapted from Butcher and the Boar, a phenomenal Minneapolis restaurant 

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