Hello newsletter friends and welcome to this edition of the smoking meat newsletter where we will be discussing smoked pork chops and not just any pork chops – these are extra thick, man sized chops and this recipe will show you how to make them into something extraordinary.
I don't know about you but I've never gotten real excited about pork chops. Without gravy and a lot of sides, they've always seemed to be a little on the dry side, not a lot of flavor sometimes and just sort of boring.
These chops are brined overnight, seasoned with my rub and cooked to perfection in the smoker to produce a pork chop that is unlike anything you've probably ever tasted.
In case you can't tell, I'm a little excited about these and I can hardly wait to show you how I did it!
Smoked Pork Chops (Extra Thick)
What You'll Need
- 4-6 extra thick pork chops (center cut or whatever your preference is)
- 64 oz apple cider (apple juice will also work)
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- Olive oil
- Jeff's rub (purchase recipe here)
Brining the Pork Chops
You don't always hear a lot about brining pork like you do with poultry but I think it makes a big difference on things like pork chops. It adds lots of moisture to the meat and it adds flavor so it's well worth your time to do it.
Add 1/2 cup of kosher salt to 1/2 gallon of apple cider and stir until all of the salt is dissolved.
Once the brine is made up, place the pork chops into a large Ziploc bag sitting down in a large bowl for leak protection.
Pour enough brine into the bag to cover the chops and seal them up. Be sure to press all of the air out of the bag.
Place the bowl with the bag into the fridge so it can remain cold during the brining process.
Let the pork chops brine for at least 4-5 hours but you can even leave them overnight if you desire.
Once they are done brining, take them out of the fridge and rinse them well under cold water.
Note: you will notice that they sometimes get a grey color after brining.
Seasoning the Pork Chops
As most of you know, my rub is extremely versatile and can be used with so many things and in so many ways. These chops are no different and my rub is used to lightly season the tops and bottom.
To accomplish this, pour a little olive oil on the pork chops
Spread out the oil with a basting brush and sprinkle my rub all over the tops and bottoms of the chops
The pork chops are now ready to smoke. I like to leave them sitting on the counter for a few minutes while I go get the smoker ready. If it will take more than about 20-30 minutes then it might be smart to just place them in the fridge to be on the safe side.
About the Smokers I Use
You may have noticed that I don't always mention the smoker that I used for each particular recipe. I have had a slight issue with folks feeling that the recipe is intended for a particular smoker if I mention it. To clear things up, I try to keep it generic as much as possible.
I have quite a large arsenal of smokers at my disposal including but not limited to the following:
- 22 inch Weber Smoky Mountain
- Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain propane smoker (Big Block)
- XL Big Green Egg
- Brinkmann Electric (the red one)
- Brinkmann charcoal "ECB" Bullet smoker (modified)
- Bradley 4-Rack Digital Smoker
- Brinkmann Horizontal smoker with side firebox
- Meadow Creek TS 120P Reverse Flow smoker with insulated firebox
- Cajun Injector "Worlds Greatest Chicken Cooker"
- Cajun Injector Electric
- Drum Smoker (homemade)
As you can see, I use a lot of them and all of my recipes can be smoked on any of the above smokers as long as I maintain the temperature and the smoke for the allotted amount of time prescribed in the recipe.
I am constantly adding to my repertoire, not so that I can have a lot of smokers to repair, keep clean, etc. but because I feel that it is important that I use the type of smokers that my readers are using.
I have my favorites and I have ones that I do not like to use at all but I continue to use them all for the sake of research.
Smoking the Pork Chops
Set the smoker up for cooking at 225-240 degrees F.
Once the smoker is up to temperature and ready to smoke, place the pork chops on a Bradley rack or right on the smoker grate for maximum smoke exposure.
Be sure to leave about an inch between each chop to make sure the smoke has great access to each one.
My pork chops where around 1-1/2 inches thick and took about 2 hours to reach 150 degrees. Technically pork chops are done and safe to eat per the USDA at 145 degrees F but I like to take chops just slightly higher to give them a little more time in the smoke and to help them tenderize.
If your pork chops are really lean, you might consider removing them at 145 to ensure they are not allowed to dry out.
Speaking of the Thermapen – I used my black one this week on the smoked pork chops and several other things that I cooked and I was amazed at the speed by which it read the temperature.
The company touts that it is "super fast" and reads in a mere 3 seconds but I was getting readings in less than a second.
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Finishing the Pork Chops
When the pork chops reach 145-150 degrees F they are finished cooking and can be removed from the smoker. I recommend placing them in a foil pan and covering it with foil to keep them warm and allow them to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Serve the smoked pork chops with a salad or go all country and home style by serving them up with mashed potatoes, green beans, grilled or smoked corn and the works!
They are shown here with corn on the cob, and smothered potatoes.
The Recipes for My Rub and Sauce – Make Them Yours!
Many people use the recipes for my rub and sauce exclusively, and even some restaurants and competition teams use them to win customers as well as competitions.
Both the sauce recipe and the rub recipe are a perfect blend of sweet and spicy and this is easy to adjust if you like it more mild or even more spicy. I am even happy to help you modify them to your liking once you purchase.
I also love the fact that my rub and sauce recipes are both low on salt and you can use a lot or a little depending on what you are doing with no fear that it will become overly salty.
On a salt restrictive diet? Use half the salt that the rub recipe calls for and it is still very good. Bottom line.. you need these recipes in your repertoire!
Can you use other rubs and seasonings? Sure you can and that is your prerogative but I feel a responsibility to let you know that if you want your food to be all it can be, then try my rub on it and, like so many other happy customers, I think you'll be very glad that you did.
Try the recipes out.. if you don't agree that they are THE BEST, I'll refund your money just like that!
Here are a few testimonies that clearly speak for themselves:
Smoked a Pork Butt last night and applied the mustard and your rub…Just finished it off with your bbq sauce! I have to say that this turned out awesome and much better than I used to make! thanks for the rub/sauce recipes! ~ Troy
Hello Jeff I recently purchased your recipe for rub-n-sauce and just wanted to let you know that its off the chart. well worth the cost. I am cooking for about 50 family and friends at lake Texoma this weekend and cant wait to see everybody's reaction ~ Jack
Jeff, You truly are the man. Bought your rib rub and your sakes alive sauce and love them both. Keep up the good work helping people like me learn to cook good BBQ with smoke. ~ Matt
Jeff, I was smoking a Boston butt Saturday night for dinner Sunday and decided to try your bbq sauce. I have to say this is hands down the best sauce I've ever had and I've tried a lot of them. Its very easy to make, inexpensive and taste excellent. I will be using this recipe for a long time. ~ Doug
I've made tenderloins for years both on the smoker and not, but the use of Jeff's rub and sauce made them amazing. my family loved them. ~ Kathleen
I think the above testimonies say it better than I ever could.
How can you argue with unsolicited testimonies sent in just because folks who purchased the recipes wanted to let me know how good they were?
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