"Last Minute" Pork Chops W/ Q-View

Discussion in 'Pork' started by adiochiro3, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I had an unexpected day at home, and my wife asked me to grill some chops for dinner.  Being the BBQ man I am, I checked the clock and did the math: just enough time to smoke 'em up for a fashionably late dinner. [​IMG]   Had she asked any later, I would have been stuck at the grill wondering why she hadn't asked earlier.

    I sprang into action and got the smoker fired up, dusted the chops with salt, pepper and dark brown sugar.


    Got the smoker stabilized at 244* and smoked with plum wood.  2.5 hours later we hit the magic 165* IT:


    Great color and aroma.  The wife really likes how those smells fill the kitchen and dining area!  Plated them up with rice and my wife's hot homemade apple sauce!


    The money shot...


    Moist, juicy, and tender -- with a light smoke ring.  Normally, I would smoke these lower and slower for better smoke penetration, but the wife's gotta give a guy some lead time!!!!  All in all, the meal was really great.  Thanks for looking!

  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Dude that is amazing - Looking mighty tasty 
  3. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Bet your wife's family got a whiff or two from here tonight!  [​IMG] The wind was blowing in Pleasanton's direction!
  4. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Beautiful chops.  They would have been good even off the grill.  But what the hey?

    Good luck and good smoking.
  5. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man they look so nice & juicy!
  6. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Quick thinking -- good job!  Those chops look awesome, makes me want to make some tonight!
  7. sunman76

    sunman76 Master of the Pit

    looks great I could eat that this morning...lol
  8. africanmeat

    africanmeat Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    looks good
  9. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Awesome Plate there James !!!   Looks nice & Chooooosy!

    And nice BearView too!!!

    I guess with the new USDA suggestions, you could have taken them to 145˚, instead of 165˚, just like your BBB.

    I think I'm gonna start using 150˚ as my target (5˚ error leeway).

  10. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great color too!!
  11. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I hear ya, Bear, but I think pork is great at 165* if cooked correctly, so I think I'll stick with the old rules myself.  A while back I ordered a pork chop at a restaurant and the waiter asked, "how would I like that cooked?"  I replied, "Completely!"  Then he went into the changes & how it's safe now, etc., etc.  I reiterated my preference for the meal and he continued to try to persuade me otherwise.  I finally asked him if he knew anything about trichinosis, and he replied "no."  I said, "Cook the chop all the way!"  That was my first exposure to the changed FDA guidelines.  I know the risk is low, but it's mostly about taste & texture for me on this one.
  12. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    LOL---I can dig it.

    "Completely"  I like that answer!

    I will not duplicate the waiters actions. Your chops looked Awesome & very juicy too!


  13. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    great looking chops...sweet color
  14. raptor700

    raptor700 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Great chops James

    Nice Bearview too [​IMG]


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