The trick with pork is that it dries or burns quickly if it’s not treated properly. Barbecue rub, brine, marinade or sauce provides the sweet or heat spiciness desired, but time and temperature are key to cooking the perfect chop, based on the type of cut you choose. Two hints: the ones with bone retain more juice and flavor, and pork should always sit for five minutes before serving so it retains moisture.
1. Pork Loin Chops
Pork loin chops look like T-bone steaks. The bone separates tenderloin from firm loin meat, so you get two flavors in one chop. You can use your favorite spicy rub, marinade or barbecue sauce for the flavor. If you're baking them, a 1-inch-thick loin chop will be ready in about 90 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. On the grill, a 6-ounce chop takes eight to 10 minutes per side until the internal temperature reaches 145 F.
2. Pork Rib Chops
Also called an end cut a 3/4-pound rib chop about 3/4 inches thick grills in five to six minutes. Begin by searing both sides over the hottest part of the grill, coating them with spicy sauce or a sprinkling of herbs like chipotle, paprika, pepper, garlic, onion and salt. Move the chops to indirect heat. After this, move them to the oven to bake. In a 300 F oven, cook for one hour until tender and the internal temperature is 145 F.
3. Pork Sirloin Chops
Sirloin chops come from behind the ribs at the back of the pork loin. This particular cut is a good choice for braising before moving to the oven or grill. A 1-inch sirloin chop, once braised with a spicy herb mix, takes about two hours in the oven to finish. By comparison, they will cook in five to seven minutes -- about three minutes per side -- on medium high heat
4. Bonelss Pork Loin Chops
Boneless pork loin chops work well butterflied and stuffed or cooked as is. In either case, remove the fat on the back of the chop or it will bend upward like a cup in the oven or on the grill. Roasting and grilling work equally well for this chop, but avoid sugar in any rubs if placing them on the barbecue as that causes burning. Try instead a blend of teriyaki sauce, chili oil, ginger and Chinese five spice to give them zing. Cook for about 40 minutes in the oven or turn on the grill for one minute each side for searing, then one to two minutes to bring up the internal temperature.
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