Are you planning a date night dinner or a regular weeknight dinner? Looking for an easy dish to smoke that will consume less time? Smoked Pork Chops best fits the situation. Pork chops tend to take a back seat to their more popular pork siblings like bacon, ribs and pulled pork. And if you’ve ever had a poorly cooked pork chop, you know how poor they can taste. But smoking your pork chops will change your opinion on this cut of meat. Prepare to enjoy the unique flavor of smoked pork chops!
The smoked pork chops recipe is not a difficult thing to do, all you need is wood chips of your choice and some sweet rub that you like the most, and in the end, you only need to smoke it. It is a treat for both types of people the ones who love boneless meat and the one who like meat with bone, as it the meat comes from the loin. The portion that starts from the shoulder and ends at the hip, this very portion can provide you with both types of meats, so you can ask for the part you like from the butcher while purchasing it.
If you are buying to smoke, then I recommend smoking rib chops or loin chops. It tastes and looks like the old-fashioned way with all the natural texture and savory. If you have tried all of our grilling recipes and have an urge to try something new, give these delicious smoked pork chops a try, you will just love it!
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Best sidelines for Smoked Pork Chops
How to make Smoked Pork Chops
Expert pitmasters can horn their technique and skills, whereas it can be challenging for the new pitmasters to select the best meat and the recipe to smoke the pork, but BBQ Hero got you covered. Here we will walk you through a complete recipe and the techniques for smoking pork chops. So let’s get on with it. Get your pellet grill ready with some read hot coal and your favorite fruitwood. You can also use your electric smoker or any other smoker you are pro at.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 55 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
- Cook Temperature: 180ºF and 350ºF
- Finished Temperature: 145ºF
- Wood Flavor: Applewood, Pecan wood
- Servings: 4 people
- Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
- Commercial grade tinfoil
- BBQ tongs
- BBQ Temperature probe
- Cast iron pan for searing (optional)
- 4 (8-ounce) bone-in or boneless pork chops
- Kosher Salt
- Spice rub
- Apple juice (optional)
- Fresh thyme
- Olive oil
- Purchasing the best portion of meat for smoking
- Brining the pork (optional step)
- Start your smoker, grab your pellets, and get the temperature stable at 180ºF.
- Season the pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Place the pork chops directly on the grill and smoke for 30 minutes.
- Increase the temperature to 350ºF and keep cooking until the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145ºF.
- Remove the pork chops from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes.
BBQ Hero Tip: Amp your smoked pork chops with a beautiful reverse sear to give your meat a different texture and flavor, This is a great trick for smoke pellet grill masters
Detailed Cooking Instructions
1) Getting the best portion of meat for smoking
You can get the best pork chops or boneless chops from any nearby grocer or any butcher’s shop. I would say try to go to a butcher’s shop because you can get a fresh piece of meat that will be rich in taste and nutrition calories.
2) Brining the pork
After purchasing the meat from the market, you can straightforwardly remove pork chops and place them in a small bow for brining. To prepare the brine solution, take some water and add some salt and brown sugar in a small bowl. Brine pork chops for some time in that very solution.
The brine will tenderize and will make the meat more juicy and full of flavors.
3) Prepare your smoker
After that, to infuse the meat with a tempting smoke flavor, you need to set up your grill to do the needful. As I always say, clean your grill grates or the wire whatever you are using before smoking. So light up the smoker and add the desired wood chips to it and close the lid. Make sure that before you start to cook pork chops, the smoker’s internal temperature is maintained and stable at 180 degrees f.
4) Seasoning the Chops with the best spice blends
Let the pork chops rest on the marinating dish and apply some olive oil. After that, apply all the ingredients along with the desired rub. Ensure that we will be using fresh thyme for the garnish, so do not apply it to the meat. When you are done marinating the chops, place them in the bowl and cover them with plastic wrap. Set it aside for some time.
5) Smoking the pork chops
When the chops are thoroughly marinated, it’s time to through the chops on the smoker to make some delicious smoked pork chop. Let the chops smoke for almost 30 minutes at 180ºF. After 30 minutes, increase the temperature of the smoker to 350ºF. Do you know why we are increasing the temperature to get that nice crisp texture on the outer surface of the meat? Let it cook at this high temperature until the internal temperature of the meat on the thickest part reaches up to 145ºF.
6) Serving the chops
Remove it quickly when the internal temperature of the meat is recorded at 145ºF. Otherwise, if you place it in the smoker for more time, it will lose its juices and natural taste. After removing it, put it on a serving platter and let it rest for almost 5 minutes before serving. Sprinkle some finely chopped thyme or parsley to give it a more tempting touch. You can also use lemon zest or lemon juice.
Frequently Asked Question
How long does it take to smoke pork chops at 225 degrees?
It will take almost 30-45 minutes to smoke the chops at 225 degrees. We increase the temperature to 350ºF to make the outer crust crisper than before. Do not let it smoke for more than 50 minutes because excessive heat will dry up the juices and ruin the natural taste.
Are smoked pork chops completely cooked?
Pork chops that have been smoked to improve their flavor are known as smoked pork chops. Even though smoked pork chops are half cooked, they must be thoroughly cooked before eating. Cooking smoked pork chops on the stovetop, grill, or in the oven is simple.
How long should I smoke my pork chops?
Smoking pork chops can take anything from 45 minutes to an hour, depending on their thickness. If you let your meat sear for too long before putting it in the smoker, it will be mostly cooked through before absorbing any of that wonderful Smokey flavor!
Do you flip pork chops when smoking?
Yes, you can flip pork chops while smoking. It will allow the meat to cook equally from all sides.
What is good to have with pork chops?
The best sidelines that are excellent with the pork chops are
- Smoke Baked Potatoes.
- Smoked Corn on the cob.
- Smoked Asparagus.
- Mac and Cheese.
- Dinner rolls.
- Corn pudding
Do pork chops get more tender the longer you cook them?
Longer duration does not depend upon the tenderness of the meat. The meat gets harder if you cook it for a long time as it loses its juices and natural flavor.
The flesh is soft, juicy, and slightly pink when cooked to 145°F. And, yeah, a little pink is OK! Because not all pork chops are the same thickness, determining the cooking time can be difficult. Thinner chops will cook faster and benefit from a shorter cooking time, while larger chops will take longer.