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).
PRO TIP: You can even pound your pork steaks with a meat tenderizer before seasoning them if you want to make sure they’re super tender.
- 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. I’ve even used different ovens and have found myself, cooking them for shorter/longer times, so it’s best to check to see what works best for yours.
- 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?
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.