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.
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 selection is smoked pork chops.
However, it is important to cook the meat without over drying it. Therefore, I am sharing my cooking methods with you so you and your family can enjoy this delicious treat too.
Smoked Pork Chops Versus Uncooked 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. Further, once the meat has been smoked it is safe to eat hot or cold.
Therefore, the cooking process is a bit different once the meat has been smoked.
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. However, if we do add a sauce, we generally add it after the meat has been caramelized and warmed through. Again, so the meat does not get over dry, we often just drizzle on a sauce or use a dipping sauce for eating.
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.
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.
Set the oven temperature at 350°F for pre-heating. While the oven is pre-heating, Place a cast-iron skillet, or some other pan that is oven proof too, on the stove to pre-heat. Add a few tablespoons of oil. Fry the pork chops on one side 3-4 minutes. Turn, and place the pan in the oven. Let the chops cook 20 minutes in the oven until the temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat. 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.
No matter which method you use to cook your smoked pork chops, let them rest a few minutes to keep the juices in the meat.
Side Dish Ideas for Smoked Pork Chops
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.
As you can see from some of the photos, the smoked pork chops are great with a wide variety of sides. 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.
Learn How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops
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- 4 Pork Chops smoked
- 2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- Salt if desired
- Pepper if desired
- 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.
- Turn and cook the other side another 3-4 minutes. Let sit a few minutes so the juices stay in the meat.
- It is as quick and easy as that. Serve