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Pork steaks are mentioned in sources as far back as 1815, though without details about how they were cut or how they were cooked.
Shoulder steaks are cut from the same primal cut of meat most commonly used for pulled pork, and can be quite tough without long cooking times due to the high amount of collagen in the meat. Because of this, pork shoulder steaks are often cooked slower than a typical beefsteak, and are often stewed or simmered in barbecue sauce during cooking. Pork steaks are considered a cheaper cut of meat, and they are often found on sale.
Pork steaks are a popular cut in St. Louis, Missouri and the surrounding region and, along with St. Louis style ribs are a popular staple in St. Louis barbecue, where they are typically marinated prior to grilling on an open flame grill and dredged in barbecue sauce.