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Brined Pork Steaks with Prosecco Vinaigrette

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Juicy + flavorful Brined Pork Steaks with Prosecco Vinaigrette will become your new go-to for big summer entertaining. A little bit of Italian countryside, plopped right into your back yard!

platter with grilled pork and veggies

What in the Heck is a Pork Steak?

If you’ve ever spent any time in or around St. Louis, Missouri, you are familiar with the pork steak. It’s a staple at every back yard BBQ. Grilled with a sticky coating of barbecue sauce, it’s not officially a party until these are served up. It’s one of the foods I missed most after moving away.

While I’ve come across this cut of meat readily available in a couple grocery stores here in Virginia, I usually have to ask for it specifically from the butcher. Before you go thinking it’s some mysterious cut you’ll never get your hands on, it’s just a pork shoulder (aka pork butt or picnic roast) cut into big slices, usually with the bone-in. 

Yep, it’s the same cut you’d turn to for pulled pork — perfect for slow roasting to break down the collagen and ripe for accepting any kind of flavors you throw at it. Which brings me to the method I’ve chosen to employ for this recipe…an overnight brine, reverse sear, and not a single bottle of barbecue sauce in the picture! (My StL peeps: hold your tongues!)

pork steaks with glass of wine in the background

Why Brine Pork Steaks?

A brine is simply a solution of water and salt, but you can also use this as an opportunity to add flavor and aromatics. Wet brines are great for leaner cuts of meat to help them retain moisture during the cooking process and helps to season the meat from the inside-out. 

simmering pot of brine

Pork shoulder contains a fair amount of fat and marbling, and that serves it well when roasting low and slow. But, the steaks will receive a fairly short roast in the oven, so brining will help to tenderize the meat.

The brine is also going to impart flavor with the use of herbs, spices and aromatics (evoking a little of the Italian countryside):

  • kosher salt
  • sugar
  • peppercorns
  • marjoram
  • red chili flakes
  • bay leaves
  • rosemary
  • garlic
pork steaks submerged in brine in glass dish

Roast, then Sear the Steaks

We aren’t going to just throw these steaks at the grill. There are a few steps involved, but it’ll be worth it. I promise!

After your pork steaks have had nice long soak in their refrigerated brine bath, you’ll remove them from the brine and pat them dry with paper towels. Place them in a roasting pan (or back in your brining vessel that’s been drained of all liquid) and allow them to rest on the counter for an hour before you put them in the oven. This step will bring the steaks closer to room temperature to ensure they cook evenly and properly for the specified cooking time.

You can reserve the rosemary sprigs and head of garlic from the brine and nestle them in the pan right alongside the steaks. Cover the pan with foil and roast them at 325°F for 45 minutes.

Now, you’re going to get your grill, or cast iron skillet, really hot. Sear the steaks for only about 2 to 3 minutes on each side to get some good color and little crusty bits (= more flavor)! Give them another 5 minutes or more to rest before serving.

Related video: watch how to make these pork steaks in this Instagram Reel!

sliced pork and grilled veggies

How to Serve Pork Steaks

Whole steak or slices?

Once rested, cut the steaks into individual portions, or thin slices that you can pile up on a platter for everyone to help themselves. 

What, no sauce?

Just because there’s no barbecue sauce, doesn’t mean these aren’t still perfect for your backyard BBQ! We’re just taking flavor in a different direction with a Prosecco vinaigrette. Grassy, tart and with a little punch of Dijon, the vinaigrette is a summery and bright accompaniment to these pork steaks. 

And, side dishes?

~ Simple grilled veggies like zucchini, summer squash, asparagus + bell pepper are winners.
~ Grilled corn on the cob slathered with an herbed anchovy butter sounds divine.
~ Try grilled potatoes and dress them up with fresh herbs.
~ Grilled Carrots with Carrot Top Persillade!

pork and veggies on platter with wine in the background

A Final Word

Pork steaks are quite affordable, making them perfect for feeding a crowd. Don’t be afraid to ask your supermarket butcher to cut some for you if they aren’t stocked in the meat case. You can also purchase a boneless whole pork shoulder and slice your steaks at home. Enjoy!

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sliced pork steaks with grilled veggies and bowl of vinaigrette

Brined Pork Steaks with Prosecco Vinaigrette

Sip + Sanity | Linda Feller
Juicy + flavorful Brined Pork Steaks with Prosecco Vinaigrette will become your new go-to for big summer entertaining. A little bit of Italian countryside, plopped right into your back yard!
Prep time.10 minutes
Cook time.50 minutes
Custom time.12 hours
Total time.13 hours
Course.Main Course
Cuisine.American, Italian
Number of servings.6 people


  • Non-reactive dish for brining (glass or stainless are good)



  • 2 cups water
  • ¼ cup kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon black peppercorns, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 head garlic, cut in half across the center
  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 2 1-in thick pork shoulder steaks , boneless or bone-in, about 2 to 2.5 lbs

Prosecco Vinaigrette

  • 6 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon prosecco vinegar, or any white wine vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1 small shallot, finely minced
  • 1 large garlic clove, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt + fresh cracked pepper, to taste


  • In a small saucepan, combine the water through the head of garlic over medium heat. Warm slowly and stir until sugar and salt are dissolved. Turn off the heat and stir in 2 cups of ice cubes to cool it down.
  • Place the pork steaks in a non-reactive container (a shallow glass or stainless steel dish works well). Pour the cooled brine over the steaks. If necessary, add just enough cool water so the steaks are completely submerged. Cover and refrigerate overnight or at least 12 hours.
  • Remove the steaks from the fridge 1 hour before you begin roasting. Drain the brine from the steaks and pat them dry with paper towels. Reserve the rosemary and garlic if you'd like. Place the steaks into an oven-safe dish or roasting pan (you can use the same dish you brined in), and place the rosemary and garlic on top. Preheat the oven to 325°F.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the vinaigrette by whisking all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Cover the pan with foil, and roast the steaks for 45 minutes. The steaks should reach 140°F in the thickest part when done.*
  • Preheat your outdoor grill. Clean and oil the grates. Grill the steaks on high for 2 to 3 minutes on each side to sear the meat and get some crispy edges.**
  • Rest the steaks for several minutes before slicing. Serve with a drizzle of prosecco vinaigrette.



*There will be some carryover cooking as well as a finishing sear on the grill. Feel free to grill the steaks longer than indicated over medium-high heat if you prefer.
**You can also sear these on your stove top in a hot cast iron skillet.
Keywords.grill, pork, summer
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  1. This recipe looks delicious! My husband is a big steak fan and he would love this meal. Time to go to the grocery store and snag these ingredients!

  2. My goodness, your photos are always so beautiful! It makes me want to try all of your recipes immediately! I love vinaigrette in the summertime- it’s so fresh and light. This recipe looks absolutely delicious 🙂