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Traeger Verde Pork Steaks

Our Traeger Verde Pork Steaks are a fantastic way to do tacos! Load up these tender chunks of flavorful pork steak and top with your favorite taco toppers for an epic meal that is also economical too.

Smoked Verde Pork Steaks

Smoked Verde Pork Steaks

Fire up your smoker, we’ve got another spicy recipe for you all to try today!

Recently I started sourcing the majority of our pork from one of my long-time internet friends who also happens to own a family farm! I picked up some pork shoulder steaks, which aren’t something that I typically buy or see in our local grocery store, but wasn’t quite sure what to do with them.

Good thing our resident, prolific recipe developer, aka, my husband, came to the rescue. He whipped up these spicy verde pork tacos one day recently and I was blown away.

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Smoked Pork Steak Verde Recipe

Smoked Verde Pork Steaks shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • pork steaks
  • salt & pepper
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • jalapeño powder (optional, but amazing)
  • tomatillo-based salsa
  • hot sauce
  • fresh lime juice

Try our Smoked Chile Verde too!

Smoked Pork Steak Verde Recipe

How to make Smoked Verde Pork Steaks

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



Fire up the smoker and set it to 225°F.



Combine all the dry spices and seasonings for the pork steaks and rub it all over them.



Put the pork steaks on the smoker and cook for 1 1/2 hours.



Remove from the grill, turn up the temperature to 325°F, cube the smoked pork steaks, and put the cubes into a grill-safe baking dish. Pour the verde sauce ingredients into the pan. Cover tightly with foil. Cook for another 1 1/2 hours.



We like to eat this in tacos, but you can enjoy it however you’d like!

Smoked Pork Steak Verde Recipe

Smoked Verde Pork Steaks FAQ

What’s the best way to store leftovers?

Throw these in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days, ideally.

How should you reheat the leftovers?

This one is pretty forgiving, so the microwave works just fine for reheating. You can also throw the meat and sauce in a pan on the stove too.

Are there any substitutions for the jalapeño powder?

If you don’t have any jalapeño powder you can still make this dish. It can be omitted, or you can toss in some cayenne pepper for the heat if you like it spicy. Another option is to use a green jalapeño-based hot sauce. Make it your own!

Smoked Pork Steak Verde Recipe

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Smoked Verde Pork Steaks
Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Verde Pork Steaks

Traeger Verde Pork Steaks

This tender, flavorful Smoked Verde Pork Steaks is one of my favorite meats to throw in tacos! We smoke the seasoned pork steaks before cubing them and braising in a simple verde sauce.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


Pork Steaks

  • 6 bone-in pork steaks
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño powder (or cayenne)

Verde Sauce

  • 2 cups green salsa (tomatillo-based)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce (we used Cholula)
  • 1 lime, juiced


  1. Preheat the Traeger to 225°F.
  2. Rub the pork steaks on both sides with all of the steak seasoning mixture.
  3. Smoke for 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Remove from the grill and cube your pork steaks.
  5. Transfer the cubed steaks to a grill-safe baking dish, pour the verde sauce over, and cover tightly with foil. (The dish won't be taking on any more smoke at this point. Feel free to finish it in the oven if you want to save pellets.)
  6. Turn the grill (or oven) up to 325°F. Braise for an additional 1 1/2 hours.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472Total Fat: 29gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 161mgSodium: 1127mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 44g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate.

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