You'll be the talk of the picnic table this season with this unexpected watermelon dish that is a delicious alternative to ribs and other pork roasts. Pork shoulder steaks are braised in a blend of miso, Sambal sauce, mirin, and yes, juicy summer watermelons.


Credit: Stephen DeVries; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen

Recipe Summary

2 hrs 45 mins
25 mins
Serves 4


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  • Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper; let stand at room temperature 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350°F. Stir together mirin, miso, honey, and chili-garlic sauce in a medium bowl; set aside.

  • Add oil to a large Dutch oven; heat over medium-high. Add steaks; cook until browned on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a plate; reserve drippings in Dutch oven.

  • Add fennel, leek, and garlic to Dutch oven; cook over medium, stirring often, until tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in mirin-miso mixture; cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in watermelon cubes; top with browned steaks.

  • Cover Dutch oven; place in preheated oven, and cook until meat is fork tender and pulls away from bone, 1½ to 2 hours. Uncover and cook an additional 30 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand 5 minutes.

  • Transfer steaks to a serving platter. Spoon watermelon and sauce from Dutch oven over steaks. Serve immediately.