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Air Fryer Pork Steaks

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Air Fryer Pork Steaks are covered in BBQ seasoning and sauce to create a delicious and easy dinner option in under 15 minutes!

BBQ Air Fryer Pork Steaks on a white plate cut in half stacked on top of each other

Cooking pork steaks in the air fryer has been a game-changer for me. They are such an inexpensive cut of pork and I can find them right in Walmart. Plus, they cook in under 10 minutes (15 minutes with prep time)!

This recipe includes no breading and works for both boneless and bone-in pork steaks. Please make sure you are using a thin pork steak (not a full pork shoulder, or full pork chuck roast).

In this post I will teach you:

  • What the difference between a pork steak and a pork chop is
  • How to make pork steaks in the air fryer
  • What temperature pork butt steaks need to be cooked to
  • How to reheat pork steaks in the air fryer
  • How to cook frozen pork steak in the air fryer
Air Fryer Pork Steaks with BBQ sauce on a white plate with small bowl of BBQ dry rub and fork and knife peaking out of the corner

Are Pork Steaks the Same as Pork Chops?

No, while pork steaks and pork chops both come from a pig, they are two entirely different cuts of meat.

Pork Steaks – also known as pork shoulder blade steak or Boston butt

This cut of pork comes from the shoulder of the pig. It has extraordinary flavor because of the marbling of fat and tissues included and makes for a flavorful dish.

Note: though called a Boston butt or pork butt, this cut of meat does not come from the butt of a pig

Pork Chops – also known as pork loin chops or pork rib chops

A pork chop comes from the spine of the pig. Therefore, you can choose rib cut pork chops that include part of the pig’s ribs. This cut of meat can be a little drier than that of a shoulder blade steak but still makes for a great choice in the air fryer.

Make these great air fryer pork chops in your air fryer:

How to Cook Air Fryer Pork Steaks

STEP ONE: Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.

STEP TWO: Massage the pork butt steaks with BBQ dry rub to evenly coat them. I like to use Stubb’s BBQ Rub.

STEP THREE: Take half of the BBQ sauce and place it in a bowl. Baste half of it on one side of the steaks. Place the pork steaks in the air fryer with the BBQ side down then baste the top side with BBQ sauce.

You can also just baste both sides outside of the air fryer, but I like to do it this way to avoid more BBQ sauce cleanup.

I love to use either Stubb’s BBQ sauce or Sweet Baby Rays.

STEP FOUR: Cook the air fryer pork steaks for about 4 minutes, then baste with the rest of the barbecue sauce by basting the top, then flipping the pork shoulder blade steak over and basting the other side.

Cook for an additional 4 to 5 minutes, for a total of about 9 minutes.

STEP FIVE: Remove the pork steaks from the air fryer and let rest for at least 3 minutes. Baste additional BBQ sauce on them if desired, then enjoy!

Pork Steaks in Air Fryer covered with BBQ sauce

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What Temperature Do Pork Steaks Need to Cook To?

Pork steaks are done cooking when they just hit 145 degrees after a 3-minute rest.

If a shoulder blade steak is cooked longer, it can start to become tough. I recommend using an Instant-Read Thermometer to quickly check the internal temperature while using an air fryer to keep as much hot air inside the air fryer as possible.

I use the Kizen Instant-Read Thermometer.

How To Reheat Pork Steaks in the Air Fryer

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the pork steaks in the air fryer and baste both sides with BBQ sauce.
  3. Cook the Boston butt steaks for 3 to 4 minutes, then remove and enjoy!
Closeup of air fryer pork steaks on a white plate cut open

How to Cook Frozen Pork Steaks in the Air Fryer

I love cooking food from frozen in the air fryer as it has saved dinner on many occasions when I realize it’s still… well in the freezer.

You can cook everything from frozen steaks to frozen pork tenderloin in the air fryer too!

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Place the frozen pork steaks in the air fryer and cook for 13 to 15 minutes. Halfway through cooking, flip the steaks and add the BBQ rub and baste with BBQ sauce on both sides.
  3. Remove from the air fryer and enjoy!
Air Fryer Pork Butt Steaks with BBQ sauce on a white plate cut open

What to Pair with Air Fryer Pork Steaks

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Yield: 4 servings

Air Fryer Pork Steaks

BBQ Air Fryer Pork Steaks on a white plate cut in half stacked on top of each other

Air Fryer Pork Steaks are coated in a dry rub and BBQ sauce for full flavor and easy dinner idea.

Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat your air fryer to 400 degrees.
  2. Massage pork steaks with BBQ dry rub to evenly coat it then baste both sides with BBQ sauce.
  3. Place the pork steaks in the air fryer in one layer and cook for 8 to 9 minutes, until the inside hits 145 degrees.
  4. Remove them from the air fryer and let sit at least 3 minutes before cutting. Baste with additional BBQ sauce if desired and serve.

Notes

How to Cook Frozen Pork Steaks in the Air Fryer

1. Place frozen pork steaks in the air fryer, turn it to 400 degrees, then cook for 13 to 15 minutes, flipping and basting with BBQ sauce halfway through cooking.

3. Remove the pork butt steaks from the air fryer, let sit for 3 minutes then enjoy!

How to Reheat Pork Steaks in the Air Fryer

1. Preheat your air fryer to 350 degrees.

2. Place the leftover pork steaks in the air fryer and cook for 3 to 4 minutes until warmed thoroughly.

3. Remove them from the air fryer then enjoy.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 350Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 92mgSodium: 533mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 0gSugar: 15gProtein: 25g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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