If you have just 5 minutes, you have time to whip up this delicious pork steak marinade! We are combining a savory blend of pork dry rub ingredients, BBQ sauce, oil, and apple cider vinegar to make a BBQ flavored marinade for pork steak that'll tenderize the pork and infuse the entire steak with a delicious BBQ flavor!
Marinade for Pork Shoulder Steaks
We've been eating A LOT of pork steak recipes lately and we just HAD to test...do they turn out even better with a marinade?? And the answer my friends is...IF you have a couple of extra hours at least to make the marinade in advance, it's highly recommended! You can literally taste the BBQ flavor in every bite of the pork shoulder steak. This is definitely a pork cut we will keep eating in our regular meal rotation!
Why You'll Love This!
- Our pork steak marinade recipe needs just 5 minutes to put together, then it's ready for your favorite cut of pork shoulder steak.
- Seasoned with both pork dry rub and BBQ sauce, our pork shoulder steak marindate packs a powerhouse of flavor and infuses every bite or your pork steak.
- Sticking to your healthy eating plan is easy with our pork marindade which is compliant with gluten-free, low-carb, keto, and paleo lifestyles.
- We love making our pork steak marinade with homemade pork rub, but you can opt for a storebought variety as well.
We are loving pork steak in our kitchen and keep coming up with additional ways to cook, serve, and enjoy this tasty dish! Be sure to check out our other pork steak recipes including smothered pork steak in a pan, BBQ pork steak in air fryer, and baked pork steak in the oven.
Pork Steak Marinade Ingredients
The secret to our amazing pork shoulder marinade is the double whammy of BBQ flavor that we put in it! Made with both a dry rub as well as BBQ sauce, plus oil and apple cider vinegar, this marinade is ready to tenderize, flavorize, and perfect your pork shoulder steak!
- avocado oil (or olive oil)
- BBQ sauce - Sweet Baby Ray's is our favorite but whatever your favorite store bought brand is will work great!
- apple cider vinegar
- pork rub (homemade or store bought)
- pork steaks
** Please see the recipe card at the bottom of the post for the exact quantities **
Best Seasonings for Pork Steak
- Salt and Pepper Seasoning: Season generously with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Grill or pan-sear to your desired doneness.
- BBQ Rub: Combine the ingredients of our rub and pan sear, air fry, bake, or grill the pork.
- Coffee-Chili Dry Rub: Combine ground coffee, chili powder, brown sugar, salt, and black pepper. Rub generously onto the pork steaks and let them sit for 30 minutes before grilling or pan-searing.
- Mustard and Herb Brush: Mix Dijon mustard with chopped sage, rosemary, and thyme. Brush onto the pork steaks in the last few minutes of grilling for a tangy, herbaceous crust.
- Balsamic Glaze: Reduce balsamic vinegar with a bit of honey until thick. Brush onto the pork steaks during the last few minutes of cooking for a sweet and tangy finish.
Variations on this Marinade for Pork Steaks to try
- We're using apple cider vinegar as the acid, which tenderizes the meat, other acids that make a great substitute are plain white vinegar, pineapple juice, or orange juice.
- The pork shoulder steak marinade works well for bone-in pork steaks or small cut boneless pork steaks.
While our pork steak marinade is designed to work with a variety of healthy lifestyles and eating plans, we do want to remind you to check the labels on any storebought ingredients you use to ensure they are compliant.
To make this a keto, low carb, paleo, or Whole30 marinade, be sure to use sugar-free BBQ sauce and a sugar-free rub.
How to make Marinade for Pork Shoulder Steaks
Making your pork shoulder steak marinade is a super simple process and you are going to love how quick and easy this recipe comes together.
If you're making our homemade pork rub recipe, combine all of the rub ingredients in a small bowl. It'll use more than is needed for this recipe. If you're using store-bought, just skip this step!
Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a small bowl, which includes the avocado oil, apple cider vinegar, pork rub, and BBQ sauce.
Add the pork steak to a 1 gallon Ziplock bag.
Pour the marinade over the pork steak, making sure to squish it around and cover all of the pork. Press out excess air from the bag to increase the contact between the marinade and the meat.
Place the Ziplock bag inside of a shallow dish and marinate the pork for a minimum of 2 hours in the fridge. Placing the bag inside of a dish prevents accidental leaks into your fridge by chance there's a little hole in your bag.
Before you cook the pork steaks, start bringing them to room temperature by setting the pork on the counter 30 minutes before your preferred cooking method.
Proceed cooking the pork by baking it, pan-searing, air frying, grilling, or pressure cooking! Any way you cook it, it's a WHOLE LOTTA YUM!
Pork Steak Marinade Recipe Tips
- As a general rule of thumb, you need about ½ cup of marinade per pound of meat.
- Leave the pork in the marinade for at least 2 hours but not longer than 24 hours, meat can start to break down the protein and the pork will start to get mushy.
- You can make your marinade up to 3 days in advance. Store premade marinade in the fridge in an air tight container and add your meat at least 2 hours prior to cooking.
Pork Shoulder Steak Marinade FAQs
Pork shoulder steak is a fantastic cut of pork that pairs well with just about any side dish that you would toss on a plate of traditional BBQ. Fantastic options include roasted potatoes as well as baked potatoes, broccoli, corn on the cob, side salads, and even coleslaw.
Yes, you can make pulled pork from your pork shoulder steak as the steak comes from the pork shoulder or pork butt, which is the pulled pork cuts. If you want to turn your pork steak into pulled pork simply cook it longer until you can shred it.
The best way to tenderize pork steaks is with a marinade like our pork steak marinade. For best results, allow the meat to sit for at least 2 hours in the marinade, but no longer than 24 hours.
More Pork Steak Recipes
Looking for more pork recipes?-if that's a category on the site link to it (pick 1 topic like keto, chicken, crockpot)-pull from most recent posts as much as possible, add links too.
- Smothered pork steak in a pan
- BBQ pork steak in air fryer
- Baked pork steak in the oven