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Learn How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops

Learn how to cook smoked pork chops so they retain their deep and rich flavor. I have found it is best to keep it simple and let the flavors take center stage.

The great thing about smoked meats, besides their wonderful flavor and tenderness, is that they’re fully cooked. All you need to do is warm them up on your stove or in an oven before serving. For this recipe today, I used bone in pork chops; however, this same quick cooking method will work for boneless pork chops too.

This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknights with you want to serve your family a delicious meal, but you are running on empty.

If you love quick meals and easy pork recipes, this one is for you. The key is to have a good butcher that also smokes the meat for you.

Learning How to Cook Store Bought Smoked Pork Chops is Easy

We are lucky enough to have a wonderful meat store just 20 minutes away. They have a wide selection of smoked meats. One of their delectable selections is smoked pork chops. They come in thin and a nice thick pork chop.

If you are not familiar with smoked meats, you may be wondering why the meat is a little pink after it is smoked. When raw meat is exposed to high temperatures in the smoking process, myoglobin breaks down and turns white in color across the whole piece of meat. This creates a pink tinge; just like that you see on our brisket or ribs.

It is important to know how to cook smoked meat. Done wrong, it can be dry and leathery. Done right, and it can be full of smoky flavor, tender, and juicy. Therefore, it is important to cook the meat without over drying it. When smoked pork is cooked too long you will end up with dry pork chops that are tough to chew and just not very pleasant to eat. Therefore, I am sharing my cooking methods with you so you and your family can enjoy this delicious treat too.

Learn How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops

Smoked Pork Chops Versus Uncooked Raw Pork Chops

Smoked pork chops are different from regular uncooked pork chops as they were exposed to smoke.

The flavor of the smoked pork shop is much deeper than the unsmoked chop. The taste is quite similar to a smoked ham that you would serve for Thanksgiving dinner.

Did you know? Once meat has been smoked it is safe to eat hot or cold.

While you can eat cold-smoked chops, I prefer mine warmed through.

Therefore, the cooking process is a bit different once the meat has been smoked.

Pieces of Smoked Pork Chop Cooked
Pieces of Smoked Pork Chop Cooked

Should you add sauce to the smoked chop?

You can, my daughter and husband like adding pure maple syrup to theirs. I like them as is without any sauce. However, if we do add a sauce, we generally add it after the meat has been caramelized and warmed through. Pork chops tend to be a lean meat and this is a perfect way to enjoy your favorite dipping sauce. Try a few different ways to find your preferred way to enjoy this lean cut of pork.

A scrumptious meal any night of the week.

Smoked Pork Chop with Maple Glaze
Smoked Pork Chop with Maple Glaze

If you are a sauce person, we have a scrumptious garlic butter sauce that is amazing with meat and vegetables too. It takes just minutes to make. You could make it in the same pan if you fried the pork chops.

Ingredients

  • Pork Chops smoked. This recipe uses pork chops that are already smoked. You can use boneless chops or bone-in. Both work well for this recipe.
  • Olive Oil. While I generally use olive oil for frying so the meat does not stick, you can use any other type of oil that you prefer.
  • Salt. I find that most smoked meat already has enough of a salty flavoring and I generally add very little if any salt.
  • Pepper. Pepper can add just a little bit of heat to the smoked meat, but it is optional as this is such a flavorful way to enjoy this lean cut of meat.

How to Cook Already Smoked Pork Chops

Pre-Smoked pork chops are a great way to enjoy all the flavors of your smoker without having to spend hours tending it. This article will show you how easy it is to cook already smoked pork chops at home, so that you can have delicious and tender meat on the table in just 10 minutes!

Cooking Options for Smoked Pork Chops

There are three cooking methods that I have used to cook smoked pork chops. I use the skillet the most as it is so quick and easy. The key is to get the meat heated through and a caramelization on the outside with a quick sear.

  • Skillet
  • Oven
  • Grill

Pro Tip: use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. That way, you will not be tempted to overcook the meat.

Caramelized Meat
Caramelized Meat

Easy Oven Method

Set the oven temperature at 350°F for pre-heating. While the oven is pre-heating, Place a cast-iron skillet, or some other large skillet that is oven proof, on the stove to pre-heat. Add a few tablespoons of oil. Fry the pork chops on one side 3-4 minutes. Turn and repeat of the other side. This will caramelize the outside of the meat adding a lot of extra flavor. Place the pan in the oven. Let the chops cook 15-20 minutes in the oven until the temperature of your chops reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit. The timing will depend on the thickness of your chops.

Learn How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops Using the Grilling Method

Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat or you can use a charcoal grill. Make sure to brush the grill plates with some vegetable oil so the food does not stick. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook them for approximately 4 minutes until they are caramelizing. Turn and cook the other side until caramelizing; approximately 2-4 minutes. They should reach the temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Let the Meat Rest Before Serving

No matter which method you use to cook your smoked pork chops, transfer the chops to a plate and let them rest a few minutes to keep the juices in the meat.

What to Serve with Smoked Pork Chops

This is a great recipe to serve easy, no-fuss side dishes with. A side of applesauce always goes well with any type of pork it seems. I have included a few other scrumptious sides to enjoy with this recipe to make a healthy meal.

I love to make these party beans in the slow cooker. Once the bacon and hamburger are cooked, it is a perfect dump and go recipe. Come back hours later to a delicious full-flavor side dish.

I love using the bean sauce with my smoked pork chops! So yummy!

Of course, this cilantro lime slaw is the perfect refreshing salad to finish off this complete meal.

Smoked Pork Chop Meal with Sides
Smoked Pork Chop Meal with Sides

Our homemade potato salad is always a hit when served as a side dish. Make the potato salad the day before and cook the smoked chops in minutes and you have a delicious family meal in minutes.

As you can see from some of the photos, the smoked pork chops are great with a wide variety of side dishes. We have enjoyed these with simple baked potatoes and garlic green beans.

I love easy meals that taste like you have spent all day in the kitchen or have hired the chef from your favorite restaurant to come and cook for you.

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Learn How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops

Learn how to cook smoked pork chops so they retain their deep and rich flavor. I have found it is best to keep it simple and let the flavors take center stage.
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy recipe, healthy recipe, pork chops, smoked pork chops
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 239kcal

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Ingredients

  • 4 Pork Chops smoked
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt if desired
  • Pepper if desired

Instructions

  • Add olive oil or vegetable oil to a skillet set on medium-high heat.
  • Add the Smoked Pork Chops and cook approximately 3-4 minutes on one side. Until they start to caramelize.
    Frying Smoked Pork Chops in Olive Oil
  • Turn and cook the other side another 3-4 minutes. Let sit a few minutes so the juices stay in the meat.
    Caramelized Meat
  • It is as quick and easy as that. Serve
    Smoked Pork Chop with Maple Glaze

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Nutrition

Serving: 1smoked pork chop | Calories: 239kcal | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 64mg | Potassium: 500mg | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg

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