Monroe County Pork Steaks with Spicy Vinegar Dip


The best regional barbecue you’ve never heard of—it comes from Monroe County, Kentucky. These pork shoulder steaks are grilled over a hickory fire and basted with a spicy vinegar dip.


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Monroe County Pork Steaks with Spicy Vinegar Dip

Recipe Notes

  • Yield: Serves 4


For the Monroe County Vinegar Dip:

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 cups distilled white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt (sea or kosher)
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Frank’s RedHot)

For the pork:

  • 2 pounds pork shoulder steaks (blade steaks) or thin-cut pork chops
  • Coarse salt (sea or kosher) and cracked or coarsely ground black peppercorns

Recipe Steps

Step 1: Make the Vinegar Dip: Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the vinegar, pepper, sugar, cayenne, salt, and hot sauce. Reduce the heat and gently simmer for 3 minutes, whisking to dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove the dip from the heat and let cool slightly.

Step 2: Generously season the pork steaks on both sides with salt and pepper. Keep the Vinegar Dip warm in a saucepan.

Step 3: Set up a grill for direct grilling and preheat to high. Brush and oil the grill grate.

Step 4: Arrange the pork steaks on the grate and grill until sizzling, browned, and cooked through, about 4 minutes per side. Start basting or mopping the steaks with Vinegar Dip once you turn the meat. When the pork steaks are cooked, hold them one-at-a-time with tongs and plunge them into the Vinegar Dip, turning to coat both sides. Gluttons for punishment can dip twice, spooning a little extra dip on top before serving.

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