Home raised pork chops - I'm failing at cooking them

Discussion in 'Pork' started by trikefreak, Jan 4, 2014.

  1. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    We raised some hogs last year, and butchered them just a few months ago. I've got LOTS of pork chops, but I've not had good luck at cooking them. If I fry them, they are tough. I've baked them, better results, but not my fav way to cook meats. I've tried smoking them, and also come out tough. I've only had one successful method, that that was indirect heat on the Weber BBQ, and then toss them over the coals to crisp them up. That ended up with them being like T-bone steaks, but would really like to finger out how to smoke them and get them to come out tender.

    Any words of advice? These are not much like what you buy at the grocery store, it's a red meat and not white like grocery store. They have some fat around the edges, but can't really say if the meat is marbled heavy or lite. I've got probably 30# of chops, and would sure like to find the perfect cooking method!
     
  2. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    what IT are you cooking them to ? ... 145` is ideal.... try a couple in a brine (12 hrs) first and see If that helps...
     
  3. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    x2 for Jackdaniels comment.
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  4. I would take from the freezer and place in a salt water brine until they thaw completely.  Take from the brine and pat dry.  Season with a little salt, pepper, onion and garlic.  Let them come to room temp and put in the smoker at a low temp, say 175-200 and cook to an IT of 140 and remove.  Place on the gas grill to get the last minute char.  Rest for 10 min.  and serve.  I would use hickory.

    Low and slow is your friend with dark pork..  When I get pork from the butcher I look for the dark ones.  The darker the better the taste.

    I would think that they would be like cooking wild boar, maybe the wild boar guys can chime in here.

    Mel
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I like my chops brined w/salt water for a day.... grilled at about 225-250 ish with Montreal pork seasoning... to an IT of about 160.... Takes about 20 minutes on the grill... I don't worry about the crisp stuff..... dries them out... If you want smoke flavor, cold smoke them for 30 minutes or so in the smoker... then on the grill... or get the AMNTS and place it in the grill...
     
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2014
  6. trikefreak

    trikefreak Smoke Blower

    Thanks for the suggestions! Grilled, I'm good, they come out great. I'm trying the salt and water suggestions, to see how that works. Negative wind chill today, might have to wait one more day.........
     

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