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Every once in a while your humble writing staff retreats to our Slack.com chatroom and we talk about random things when we’re not planning a fresh batch of content. Pork chops with bone One of the things that’s caught my eye repeatedly is the amount of discussion we have about grilling and smoking meat, so its high time for another potluck! What cooking equipment do you have on your deck or backyard?

LPW: I’m moving to a new apartment in my namesake neighborhood in two months, and I hope to find a place with a deck so I can get a propane grill or a charcoal grill. Pork sirloin chops recipes If not, I’ll be stuck with a George Foreman and making pepper steak. How to cook pork chops in slow cooker A while ago I had a roommate and he and I had a propane grill.

WSR: I’ve currently got a Charbroil 6-burner grill that takes up roughly the space equivalent to an endzone and a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker.


Stuffed pork chops on the grill The MES is getting dumped and replaced with a Bradley at some point real soon because it likes to simply shut itself off at random times. Baked pork chops marinade (Seriously. Stuffed pork chops recipe easy It’s like this:

Ted Glover (aka some old dude that used to write here): It’s a Smoke Hollow combo unit that has a searing box, both charcoal and gas grills, and a smoker. Recipes for pork chops bone in I started out with the classic Weber charcoal grill, and upgraded over the years. How to cook pork chops grill I love the option of either using gas or charcoal if I want, and the IR searing grill and the smoke box pretty much makes this an all in one deal. Crock pot pork chops onion soup mix I love this thing, man. How to fry pork chops in a pan Like more than I love distant relatives. Recipes for pork chops in the oven From L to R: IR searing grill, 3 burner gas grill, charcoal grill, smoke box Ted Glover

I also have this slick thing called an Orion Cooker, which allows me to smoke something in a fraction of the time it would take the regular smoking process, especially if you have a charcoal smoker like I do. Recipes for baked pork chops in the oven You don’t get as much of a smoke flavor as you would if you’re doing the full smoking process, but it’s still there, and you don’t have to commit to an entire day of smoking, which is really nice.

And it’s ridiculously simple to use. Grilled pork chops boneless Prepare the meat, put some wood chips in the bottom, between the drip pan and the edge of the cylinder on the inside of the cooking chamber, light the charcoal, and follow the cooking times that come with the instructions. Recipes for pork chops in crock pot Just make sure you use Match Light charcoal, as that is what the cooking times are based off of.

If you’re looking to get a smoker, I do not recommend a charcoal one. How do you make pork chops Get an electric, gas, or pellet fed one. 3 ingredient crock pot pork chops I love smoking, but a charcoal smoker is a real pain in the ass. Recipes for bone in pork chops You use a ton of charcoal and wood, and you’re pretty much tethered to the smoker for as long as it has to cook, as you really have to keep up with the temperature. Baked barbecue pork chops With a gas, electric, or pellet fed smoker, most of them are ‘set it and forget it’ operations now, and you lose nothing in terms of flavor. Crock pot pork chops and stuffing So lesson learned on my part there. Baked pork chops pioneer woman Orion Cooker

Stew: I have a standard Weber kettle grill, and I also made my own Ugly Drum Smoker out of a 55 gallon barrel. Stuffed pork chops in the crockpot You take a 55 gallon barrel, clean it, burn off the old paint, drill some holes in it for air intake and to hold grill plates, make a charcoal basket. Crock pot pork chops easy Some pics:

Here you can see that I put in two bars, I use these to hang meat. How do i cook pork chops It’s a much more efficient use of space, and it bastes the meat as it cooks, too. How do u make pork chops charcoal basket

It works beautifully. Deep fried pork chops It’s big enough to hold a ton, is pretty easy upkeep, was relatively cheap to make (~$200), and can hold temp for about >16 hours with a full basket. How to cook pan fried pork chops What’s your favorite thing to grill/smoke?

DJ: Grill? Burgers and steaks. Marinade for pork chops Specifically, I grab fresh sirloin burgers from our butcher in town. Fast easy pork chops It takes the hassle out of making the patties and they’re 80/20 as well so it’s a win. How to do pork chops in the oven For steaks we’ll generally buy whole beef tenderloins and have them cut it into steaks for us (filet for non-cooking people). Crock pot pork chops We’ll honestly just buy what’s on sale because everything tastes good if you cook it the right way but we are picking favorites here.

To smoke? That’s a much more complicated question. Things to cook with pork chops My smoker is fairly new but you can’t go wrong with smoking a pork butt. Grilled pork chops side dishes I used that for my first smoke and it turned out amazing pulled pork after about 11 hours. Fried pork chops recipe paula deen I smoked spare ribs this weekend that also turned out delicious. Recipes to make pork chops I mean really it’s hard to go wrong unless you use too much smoke. Baked pork chops 350 degrees Smokers are a great addiction.

Townie: My grilling life began in earnest when I bought a Big Green Egg. Easy delicious pork chops I know, I know, it’s like the Cross Fit of grills. How to cook oven baked pork chops But I had good reasons for buying it. Baked pork chops stuffing First, I found myself needing a new grill every two years or so. How to roast pork chops The salt air here just wrecks the interiors of the grills.

When my last grill died, I wanted a charcoal grill to replace it. Recipe baked pork chops Webers are expensive and metal, so it didn’t solve my problem. Recipes for boneless pork chops And I had several friends who already had Eggs and were really pitching me on it.

The truth is, it was expensive, but worth it so far. What to cook with pork chops I can make anything from gently smoked Spanish Mackerel for dip, a low and slow brisket, pizza…you name it.

WSR: Grill? Anything except chicken. How do you make baked pork chops I’ve always hated dealing with chicken breasts, because there are so many things that can go wrong. Baked pork chops with potatoes In the past week I’ve done burgers, brats & dogs, steaks, and pork chops. Baked pork chops oven temp All are easy and great. Stuffed pork chops bake time But the smoker? Pork ribs. How to flavor pork chops They’re the best. Pork chops best way to cook My favorite thing to do is to squeeze about 12 racks of spare ribs in the smoker for 5-6 hours, wrap them in foil, throw them in a cooler, bring them to a tailgate, toss them on a grill for a few minutes, and watch them disappear.

Ted: I’ll grill anything. Pork chops for two Thick cut ribeyes are probably my favorite thing, but with a family that has varying tastes, I’ve gotten to know my way around a grill—steak, chicken, pork chops, pork steaks, lamb, burgers, salmon (use a basket for fish, always), hot dogs/brats, you name it. Smothered pork loin chops Hey, WSR, for chicken breasts, the key for me is to turn early, turn often. Things to make with pork chops People get too wrapped up on getting the char marks looking good, and they end up overcooking the meat. Stuffed pork chops in slow cooker Keep them on medium to lower heat, and give them about 30’ish minutes. How to make pork chops more tender Juicy chicken breasts every time.

If I’m going to smoke something, it’s going to be ribs or a Boston Butt. Oven pork chops Although I smoked some chicken wings in that Orion Cooker, and they were some of the best wings I’ve ever had.

Stew: These are significantly different things. Moist pan fried pork chops There are things that can be grilled that cannot been smoked, and vice versa. What to make for dinner with pork chops Grilling: steaks (NY Strip), chicken, Iowa Chops (these are about the best bang for your buck, bar none), brats. Recipes for pork loin chops in slow cooker Smoking: Ribs, pork shoulders/butts, and bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos. How to prepare pork chops Brisket is fantastic, but that’s much more expensive, is far harder, doesn’t keep as well. How to cook pork chops with bone It’s much more for special occasions.

Jesse: Alright, I’m with everybody else, but let’s chat about my favorites. Stuffed pork chops spinach My current favorite thing to grill is trout. How to cook pork chops on the bbq I didn’t think I would love trout, but the more I eat, the more I love it. Recipes for pork chops in slow cooker It’s super easy, and with the right butter mix, it’s great. What to do with pork chops We can talk about that in the recipe section. Creative ways to cook pork chops Otherwise, count me in for flank steak. Recipes for pork chops and mushroom soup Sear quick and high and get that butter slathered on. Cooking ideas for pork chops You can also do that in more of a reverse sear situation, but again… How to cook pork chops in the oven fast we’ll talk more later.

Smoking? My favorite thing is Pork Butt, but a solid set of chicken thighs is sort of my go-to as of late. Shake and bake pork chops Although, a sidenote is that I made my own chili powder last year and while the work was absurd, it was the best chili powder I’ve ever had. Quick easy recipes for pork chops So that’s fun. Easy crock pot pork chops and rice Do you have any tips for people aspiring to grill or recipes to share?

DJ: If you’re going to get a smoker don’t skimp out on a cheaper model, buy the right tool for the job. What goes with baked pork chops If you’re mechanically inclined you can build yourself an Ugly Drum Smoker from 30/50 gallon metal barrels or you can go ahead and buy a smoker. Tender baked pork chops recipe I use a 22″ Weber Smokey Mountain and I have zero complaints. How to cook delicious pork chops There are some fantastic websites out there that can guide you along so do your research before hand.

Townie: The key to grilling well is temperature control. How to cook pork chops with flour Understand what your food needs and how to get there. Good recipe for pork chops in the oven Burnt food isn’t barbecue…it’s soot.

I know far too many weekend chefs that throw the food on, set the dial to Medium, crack a beer…and then it’s “Oh Shit” time a few minutes later.

My family’s favorite barbecued meat is brisket. Crock pot pork chops cream of mushroom soup potatoes It’s a big cut that is usually sold in pieces (the “flat” and the “point”). Receipes for pork chops Sometimes you’ll find the full “packer” cut with both pieces together. Baked 1 inch boneless pork chops But you’d better be having guests, cause a packer brisket is a monster.

I usually buy the flat, simply because the shape means it cooks evenly. Crockpot pork chops Points are more tender, but come to a point, which means the pointy end is often overdone.

Make a spice rub. Recepies for pork chops Mine is salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, and brown sugar. Good recipes for pork chops Rub the meat (nice…), put it in the fridge overnight. How to cook pork chops on stove The next day, set the grill up for a smoke. How to season baked pork chops I put a ceramic insert in that blocks the coals from the meat. Stuffed pork chops cream cheese That way I get “indirect” heat.

I soak hickory or cherry wood chips in water, then put them in tinfoil, right on the coals. Recipes for pork chops filipino style I set the Egg for around 225-250 degrees and on goes the brisket for about 5 hours (170 degrees internal temp).

Once I hit that temperature, it’s into foil and the “Texas Crutch”. Baked pork chops in tomato sauce I wrap the meat in two layers of heavy duty aluminum and pour in 1/2 cup of apple juice mixed with some brown sugar.

From here, it’s up to you. Baked pork chops in gravy Some folks do a glaze on it, but I don’t. Quick and easy baked pork chops Instead, I wrap it up in a towel and put it into a insulated cooler for 30 or 40 minutes. Frying pork chops time By cooler, I don’t mean with ice. Grilled pork chops with basil garlic rub What I mean is somewhere that the meat won’t lose heat quickly.

This step is critical. Baked pork chops breaded You must rest the meat after cooking. How to cook pork chops in convection oven What you end up with, is a juicy, unctuous brisket that has a nice pepper hit and just enough sweet to keep the kids coming back.

WSR: Practice. Easy tasty pork chops If you want to make something and get good at it, make it a few times a month. Baked pork chops with gravy More often than not you’ll get to eat your mistakes. Apple pork chops One thing that I’ve been making quite a bit lately is smoked red snapper, and I just glaze a filet with about a cup of maple syrup and a light coating of black pepper. How to cook pork chops uk It’s amazing.

Ted: Just get out there and do it. Making pork chops When you’re starting out, you’re going to screw up, so there’s no shame in having to put something in the microwave for a few minutes if it’s undercooked. Crock pot pork chops with potatoes and carrots If you overcook it, you’re kind of gooned though, so it’s better to take something off too early as opposed to forcing down something that 3/4 of the way into becoming a diamond. Smothered pork chops gravy That said, here’s some stuff I wish I knew when I started grilling that would have helped me out a lot:

Meat Thermometer: To help prevent the over/undercook scenarios get a meat thermometer. Crock pot pork chops stove top stuffing So many people have no idea how long they should cook something, and cooking times off the Internet can vary. Smothered pork chops and gravy in oven A meat thermometer takes the guesswork out of it, and after a few times you’ll have a pretty good idea how long something should take.

Know Your Grill Surface: Every grill, whether it’s gas or charcoal, has some areas that are hotter than the others. Broiled pork chops If you have a multi-burner gas grill, you can control how hot or cool your grill surfaces are. Cook perfect pork chops If you’re grilling a bunch of meat that is of differing shape and size, move it around the grill. Grilled pork chops temp Put the thicker stuff on the hotter surfaces, and as it gets close to getting done, rotate it to cooler areas and move the smaller stuff to the hot areas. Baked pork chops 350 Or if you’re grilling steaks, put the stuff that needs to be more well done on the hotter areas first, etc. How to best cook pork chops That way stuff all gets done at about the same time, and everyone gets their food hot and right off the grill.

Who are you? For me, there are two types of grill people: those who live by the ‘sear marks’ on your meat, and the ‘turn early, turn often’ crowd. Ideas for cooking pork chops I generally fall into the latter category, especially with chicken, and folks that live by the sear marks can overcook the meat trying to get that perfect char. Recipe for pork chops and potatoes So what I do to make my wife happy (she really likes sear marks, damn it all) is I get half of my grill surface really, really hot, like over 400 degrees, and the other half I’ll only get kinda warm. Crock pot pork chops ranch I’ll put the meat on the really hot surface first and get a good sear, and then reduce the heat on that side. Cooking pork chops in oven While that side is searing, I turn the heat up on the other side of the grill, and get that really, really hot. How to cook shake n bake pork chops When the one side is seared, I’ll flip the meat over onto the hot side of the grill and do the same thing. Bbq pork chops Rinse and repeat one more time for the nice checkerboard look, then reduce the heat and let cook. How to make pork chops in a pan Boom, perfect sear marks, perfectly cooked meat. Over baked pork chops If you’re cooking a lot of stuff, just turn early and often. Pork chops in oven You can keep a better track of what’s getting done, and how fast, much better.

Rubs and marinades: I know some people have some great recipes for rubs, but if you’re just starting out, off the rack stuff at the store is just fine. How to cook pork chops on the grill Use them to find what kind of taste you like to compliment your meat, and then start making your own. Easy recipes for pork chops in the oven A rub is pretty essential if you’re going to smoke something, but that’s just me.

For marinades, I’ve used store bought and made my own, but I’ll tell you, the best marinade I’ve ever used for steaks is…wait for it…Italian dressing. Crock pot pork chops with apples No kidding. Recipe for baked pork chops I generally don’t marinade anymore, though, especially with steaks. Smothered pork chops pioneer woman A good cut of meat doesn’t need anything, other than maybe some salt and cracked pepper. Recipe pork chops in oven But hey, if you want to use a marinade, go for it.

Smoking: For smoking, temperature control is the key. To cook pork chops 225 degrees is the magic number for most everything, and I soak my wood chips. Ideas for pork chops I think I get a smokier result, and it really penetrates the meat better, as the smoke lingers longer. Recipes for pork chops with apples You can’t go wrong with apple or cherry wood chips, but mesquite is a bit too strong of a smoke flavor for me. Shake n bake pork chops but hey, that’s just me.

Let the meat rest: Whether you smoke or grill, DO NOT carve the meat as soon as you pull it off the grill, wait anywhere from 5-15 minutes, depending on how big the piece(s) of meat are. Recipes for pork chops on the grill The meat will still cook for a time once you pull it off the grill, and letting it rest is essential. Baked pork chops calories Cutting it too early causes the internal juices to just drain out, and you lose a fair amount of flavoring. Recipe for roasted pork chops So just be patient for a few more minutes.

Stew: AmazingRibs.com is my go to for techniques, tips, and tricks. Cooking tender pork chops By the way, let me correct some misconceptions by made by my colleagues. Can u cook pork chops from frozen Don’t soak wood chips in water. What to do with pork chops in the oven It does nothing. How do i cook pork loin chops Wood doesn’t absorb water, that’s why it floats in water. Stuffed pork chops jamie oliver For meat that is cooked to Medium or less (steaks, chops, etc.), DON’T REST THE MEAT!!! Resting will only cause the meat to continue to cook past where you want. Baked pork chops 400 Eat it is quickly as you can off the grill. How to cook pork chops bone in However, for smoked meats that have been cooked to >185, hold that meat as Townie described, wrapped in foil in a cooler lined with towels for as long as an hour or two. Smothered pork chops recipe crock pot Now, here’s something quite a few people don’t practice, the reverse sear. Ways to cook pork chops A lot of people cook their steaks, chops, etc. How long to cook pork chops in cast iron skillet by searing the it over high heat first, then cooking it to the desired temp. Stuffed pork chops crock pot This produces acceptable results relatively quickly. Stuffed pork chops in oven how long But really, to get the best result, start by cooking it over lower, indirect heat, turning it often, until it is cooked to just below your desired temp. Crock pot pork chops paleo Only then putting it over super high heat, searing it. Delicious baked pork chops You’ll get a much more evenly cooked piece of meat. Stuffed pork chops recipes Finally, I’ll echo Teddy McOld, use a damn thermometer, don’t be a hero.

Look, let’s talk about the castiron skillet. Stuffed pork chops baked Having something that you can control the temp of is nice. Recipes for pork chops in the crock pot I love my grill, and I love char marks, but what I’m really going for is that smokey flavor and that feel of ‘over the fire’. Smoking pork chops Otherwise, just do it on the stove, right? That said, throw a few tablespoons of butter, squeeze juice from a lemon, add three sprigs of fresh thyme and grill away. Grilled pork chops healthy That’s sort of not grilling, but let’s be honest, neither is most gas grilling. Smothered pork chops food network At least I’ve had the decency to throw some pecan wood chips in the grill.

As for the reverse sear, look at old Stew get after it. Baked pork chops gravy I’m a huge fan of that for steak. Hyvee stuffed pork chops It works so well. How to cook pork loin chops I just did that the other night with a thick as hell tenderloin. Stuffed pork loin chops boneless Got a nice sear with butter and thyme and sage at the end and it was ah-maaaaaaaay-zing. Best recipe for baked pork chops Do that.

Finally, as for smoking, I’m with everything my esteemed* colleagues have said. What to make out of pork chops try, try, and try again. How to make great pork chops Use the right tools. How to make pork chops in oven Ask around from others who have gone before you. How hot to grill pork chops Oh, and remember, the worst case scenario is there is cooked meat you have to do something with. Baked pork chops and cream of mushroom soup It’s a fun hobby. Awesome pork chops Get after it!