Grilled Pork Steaks: A Flavorful Twist

Let us introduce you to a delectable recipe for grilled pork steaks that will tantalize your taste buds. This Vietnamese-style dish is a family favorite, and the secret ingredient that sets it apart is fish sauce. You may be wondering what type of meat makes this recipe so irresistible. Well, it’s Vietnamese-style pork shoulder steaks, also known as pork butt.

Grilled Pork Steaks Recipe on BBQ with Asian Vietnamese Marinade on a grill

The Art of Grilled Pork Steaks

These succulent pork steaks are our go-to dish when it comes to sharing a meal with loved ones. The umami flavor derived from our special fish sauce marinade never fails to impress. Even those who are skeptical about fish sauce can’t detect its presence in these grilled pork steaks. All they experience is a delightful combination of umami and juicy, flavorful pork shoulder. Just like our famous umami burger recipe, which has garnered popularity over the years, we guarantee that the addition of a few splashes of fish sauce to these pork butt steaks will be a game-changer.

Grilled Pork Steaks Recipe on BBQ with Asian Vietnamese Marinade on a plate

Video: Unveiling the Delicious Vietnamese Grilled Pork Steaks

Embrace the Fish Sauce

Don’t let the fish sauce in the pork steak marinade scare you. Trust us. When the fatty pork butt is marinated and then grilled, it becomes a flavor bomb that works perfectly in sandwiches, salads, or spring rolls. In fact, we love using these grilled pork steak slices in fresh spring rolls. We have hosted numerous backyard feasts, and without fail, this dish reigns as everyone’s favorite. Even our discerning Vietnamese parents give their two enthusiastic thumbs up to this marinade. However, if we still can’t convince you to try fish sauce, you can always use soy sauce or Worcestershire as alternatives.

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Pork Butt vs. Pork Shoulder: Unveiling the Similarities

Pork butt, also known as Boston butt, and pork shoulder, also known as picnic shoulder or roast, are essentially the same cut. Both cuts come from the shoulder region of a pig. The only difference is that pork butt is situated slightly higher than the pork shoulder cut. Both cuts are highly marbled and incredibly delicious. While they are typically used for slow smoking or cooking to make pulled pork and other slow-cooked roasts, we have discovered that they are absolutely perfect when cut into steaks of about 1/2″-3/4″ thickness. These steaks are almost always juicy and bursting with flavor. However, be cautious not to cut them too thick, as they may become slightly tougher. Think of pork butt as being similar to beef brisket in terms of tenderness. Additionally, pork butt is often one of the more affordable cuts of pork and is our go-to choice for grinding meat when making homemade sausages. We firmly believe that pork butt is an underrated gem that possesses a touch of magic. If you are interested in learning more about different cuts of pork steaks, we recommend checking out this excellent resource on pork cuts.

Enjoy the magic of these grilled pork steaks!

-diane and todd

Pork on bbq with flame by whiteonricecouple.com

Grilled Pork Butt or Pork Shoulder Steaks on a grill


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Fish sauce bottles on countertop