These baked BBQ pork steaks in the oven are so easy and just like our slow cooker pork steaks, this is one that can be made with little effort, showing you how to bake!
Originally published October 2018 – Updated April 2023
Why You’ll Love These Baked Pork Steaks
If you have pork steaks or pork shoulders (or blade steaks) sitting in your freezer or refrigerator, then you may have happened upon here while trying to find one of the BEST pork steak recipes you can find, for an easy dinner recipe.
Some pork recipes are grilled, some cooked in a cast iron pan with gravy drippings, some in a slow cooker, like this slow cooker bbq pulled pork, and more! But baking is by far our favorite way to have bbq pork steaks, with no marinade required!
I think you’re in the right place and that you’re going to love how easy and how delicious this pork steak recipe is.
If you also saw my slow cooker bbq pork steaks recipe, then you may already know that cooking them slowly, over a longer period of time makes the pork steak meat literally fall off of the bone.
But when you need something a bit quicker, baking pork steaks in the oven is an alternative that definitely won’t disappoint you and will also leave you with tender pork steaks.
The day that I made these to take photos for the blog, I only made two steaks, as it was just the right amount for what we needed that day…however I’ve created the recipe in the recipe card below to reflect 4 pork steaks, as that would be more common for a family of 4.
What is a Pork Steak?
Pork steaks are a section of a hog that’s cut from the shoulder, and /or butt. Some grocery stores or butcher shops have pork steaks ready for you. However, if you are not able to find them, you can ask them to cut pork shoulder or pork butt in to steaks for grilling.
What is the Difference Between Pork Chops and Pork Steaks?
Since pork steaks come from the shoulder and or butt area of a hog, the pork chops are cut from the loin section. Pork chops like these Baked Pork Chops, tend to be lean than pork steaks and can sometimes be more “dry” than pork steaks, where pork steaks tend to have more fat around the meat to help make them juicy.
Ingredients for Pork Steaks in the Oven
All you’ll need for these delicious, tender porks steaks are:
- Pork Steaks – As many as you’ll need to serve.
- Salt – This is optional, and remember that your barbeque sauce could have salt in it.
- Pepper – This is also optional, and it’s important to keep in mind how spicy the bbq sauce is that you’re using.
- BBQ Sauce – your favorite kind will do! We love using Sweet Baby Rays.
How to Cook Pork Steak
Now of course you don’t have to cook pork steaks with bbq sauce, but for us, it’s really hard to cook them/eat them any other way.
Feel free to have fun creating sauces and using different spices for your pork steaks, but if you’re wanting to bake your steaks in the oven, then this is a great reference to find out how long to cook them.
You can find the full recipe card with an ingredient list and instructions at the bottom of this post.
Start by preheating your oven to 400º and then cover your pork steaks with salt and pepper (if desired).
- Next, line a baking pan (large enough to fit the number of steaks you’re cooking, so they don’t overlap) with aluminum foil for easy cleaning, and then drizzle a layer of barbeque sauce on the aluminum foil where you’ll place each steak.
- Place your steaks down on the foil and sauce.
- Then, cover steaks with the remaining bbq sauce.
How Long Should You Cook Pork Steaks in the Oven?
- Bake the pork steaks uncovered for 50-60 minutes, (on the middle rack) or until the internal temperature of the steaks reaches 145 degrees.
NOTE: Oven temperatures can vary, and some have reported that they prefer baking at 350 for 50-60 minutes, or checking the internal temp after 30 minutes to avoid over-cooking.
- Flexible: You can cook one pork steak up to as many as you want/need, as long as they fit in the baking pan you plan to use, and if you have enough bbq sauce to cover them.
- Meal Plan: Cook more than you need, and serve the leftovers, sliced, on bbq nachos, on a side salad to make it an entree, or as a sandwich!
Bake pork steaks at 400° for 50-60 minutes.
Although it’s not a must, it is a great idea to allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving to all of the juices to set in before slicing.
The internal temperature of cooked pork steaks should reach at least 145°F before eating.
How to Store
Refrigerate: If you have leftover pork steaks, it’s best to allow them to cool and then place in an airtight container, in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.
Freeze: You can freeze leftover pork steaks in a freezer-safe container for up to 3-4 months.
Thaw: Thaw the pork steaks in the refrigerator overnight.
Reheat: Sometimes reheating cooked pork steaks can make them dry. So if reheating in the oven, place the pork steaks in a baking pan (with raised sides) and pour about 1/4 cup of broth in the bottom, to help add moisture to the steaks while reheating.
What Side Dishes to Serve with Pork Steaks
Side dishes that go with bbq pulled pork are often delicious with pork steaks too! For instance, we LOVE Pasta Salads, this creamy corn casserole recipe, Amish Potato Salad or this old-fashioned potato salad (or this cauliflower potato salad for low-carb eaters), and this Cornbread Salad.
Meal Planning for the Week?
Since the oven is hot, consider making burgers in the oven too, so you can eat on them all week! Just re-heat and serve!
More Pork Recipes
We love having pork steaks and pork chops around here. They’re so easy and actually pretty affordable. Here are our favorite pork recipes that you don’t want to miss…
- Pan Fried Boneless Pork Chop Recipe
- BBQ Baked Boneless Pork Chops
- Sweet & Smokey Grilled Pork Chops
- Baked Pork Chops & Veggies in the Oven
- Ribs on the Grill: Chipotle Apple Butter Ribs
BBQ Pork Steaks in the Oven
- 4 pork steaks or pork shoulders
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 16 ounce bottle of barbecue sauce I use Sweet Baby Rays
- Prep: Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Season: Rub salt and pepper on both sides of each pork steak if desired
- Cover Pan: Line a baking pan (large enough to fit the number of steaks you're cooking, so they don't overlap) with aluminum foil.
- Sauce the Pan: Drizzle half a bottle of barbeque sauce on the aluminum foil where you'll place each steak.
- Sauce the Steaks: Place your steaks down on the foil and sauce, and then cover steaks with remaining bbq sauce.
- Bake: Bake the pork steaks at 400 degrees, uncovered for 50-60 minutes, (on the middle rack) or until the internal temperature of the steaks reaches 145 degrees. NOTE: Oven temperatures can vary, and some have reported that they prefer baking at 350 for 50-60 minutes, or checking the internal temp after 30 minutes to avoid over-baking.
Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
Tyson Strickland says
This recipe made the best pork steaks I have ever made. Like fall apart in your mouth awesomeness. The only thing I did different was: remove steaks from pan, remove foil and dump and excess bbq sauce out, put steaks back on pan and broiled on high for about 6 minutes. This made the bbq sauce carmelize? I don’t know if that’s the right word for it, it made the sauce thicker and stickier, it was a little runny with all he juices from the steak, so I figured I’d try this, and it paid off. Thanks for the recipe!
Yay! I’m so glad Tyson! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know. I love what you did… I’m sure that did carmelize them! It sounds delish!
This recipe remains the easiest and best way to cook pork steaks. I usually cook mine at 375 degrees F for the hour (splitting the difference in temps mentioned above). Also sometimes add additional seasoning mix. Broiling at the end for caramelization (as the other commenter suggested) finishes it off perfectly. 🙂
Mmmm!!! So so good! Thank you so much for sharing with us!
Worked well for us! We had thick pork steaks with some bone. Did one hour at 380.
Oh yum!! Thank you so much for letting us know how long it took to cook thick pork steaks! So glad you liked them and thank you for the 5-star review!
Easy and tender
That’s perfect! So glad to hear that you liked these pork steaks too!
I grill my pork steaks first, then finish off in oven using this method. Best of both worlds! You get that grilled flavor, PLUS they’re fork tender from the oven, bubbling in bbq sauce!
That’s a great idea! I love this. Thank you so much for sharing!
Deidre Backues says
I don’t typically spend time to post reviews, though I love them from others. These were super simple and so fantastic! They reminded me of my father-in-law‘s that he spent hours on between the microwave & grill. My picky kids loved them too! 5 stars.
Awww!! This makes me so happy! Thank you so much Deidre for taking the time to leave a review!
So I started mine at 400 an I seared them first then did the bbq an set timer for 30 minutes at 15 minutes they where starting to char nicely but turned it down to 350 with 5 minutes left I put under broiler then took them out of oven an did temperature reading an they where right at 145 so turn off oven. They turned out better then slow cooking them all day everyone loved them served with baked potatoes an sautéed snow peas with garlic an butter an also had broccoli slaw
Thanks for the recipe.
Wow! This all sounds great! Thank you so much for letting us know, and I’m so glad you liked it!
Linda VanderBroek says
This was amazing.
Thank you so much Linda! I’m so glad that you liked these pork steaks!
We have used this recipe repeatedly. The whole family loves it! And it couldn’t be easier. Thanks for sharing it.
This makes me so happy, that you loved these baked pork steaks! Thank you for taking the time to leave a note and share that with me. 🙂
Sorry but will stick with oven bake for 45 min and then soak in crock pot for about 3 hrs – don’t need a knife to cut
Hi Kathy. You can definitely do that if you have that kind of time!
Made this tonight, just as it was written using our fav. Sweet Baby Rays @ 400 degrees for 60 minutes in my gas oven and foil covered aluminum sheet pan. Then 3 minutes on each side under the broiler and SO juicy, crisped up the fat a bit and caramelized the sauce. Thank you so much!
Hi Misty! We love Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce too!! So glad you liked it and thank you so much for taking the time to leave a note, saying so!
I made these tonight. Ours were a little thinner so I did them in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 mins. I only had Sonny’s BBQ sauce in the bottle and they came out amazing. I would have seared them if mine were thicker but as it was I followed your directions and then flipped them over at about 6 mins left. My sauce came out thick and nice like I’d broiled them but I didn’t. Thanks for sharing your instructions as it was a huge help and they were delicious!!
Ann Johnson says
I usually don`t like pork steaks because they are tough especially if pan fried. This recipe is a keeper although next time I won`t use as much Sweet Babys. I chose two large steaks out of a package of four and that was plenty for the two of us with leftovers for tomorrow. Nice and tender in the oven at 375 degrees for 55min. I was pleasantly surprised how good and tender they were and even my husband liked them. He`s not a big meat eater.
I served them with fresh sweet corn and potato salad. Perfect summer meal.
Hi Ann! I’m so glad that you liked this recipe and thank you for taking the time to review and share with us, what you thought!
This is the way to cook pork steak! I only had half a bottle of bbq sauce so I got creative and mixed in Catalina salad dressing and sliced onions yum Yumm served the juice over diced roasted potatoes👍
Oh wow! I love that you used what you had on hand to finish out these pork steaks! Thank you for sharing!
Had these last night, made two as just two of us. They were excellent. Cooked at 350 for 50 minutes. They were so tender cut them with a butter knife. Thanks so much for this recipe, will definitely fix this way again.
Hello Mary! I’m so glad to hear that these pork steaks were a great fit for you two! They’re so easy to make! Thank you for the kind review!
Halley Prejean says
Hi there! Just about to try your recipe. I was reading through the comments, and my broiler dies not work to caramelized them. Any suggestions?
Hi Halley! This recipe should still turn out ok for you! That’s just a step that we like to do but it’s not a must. However, I’m wondering if you could raise the oven rack to the top level, to get it as close as possible for the last little bit? I’m not sure if that would work or not but I’m just trying to think of anything that may get it close to that result!
Bob Chapman says
Tried it loved it. They where as good or better then when I use my smoker.
Bob, what a compliment! Thank you so much for sharing this with us. They are absolutely fall-off-the-bone tender when cooked this way, and the oven gives them a great flavor too. 🙂 So glad that you liked them!
Belinda McCain says
my all time favorite pork steak recipe …salt pepper sweet baby rays .. awesome dinner thank you!
I just bake one pork steak should I do it any different ?
Hi Belinda! It’s our favorite too. You can cook as many as you’d need to cook. Just make sure they’re in a single layer in a pan, and you have enough bbq sauce. 🙂 I hope that helps!