Secrets To Perfectly Cooked Pork: Chops

Ready To Cook Like A Chef?

Very few dishes rank higher than a perfectly cooked piece of meat. Most home cooks, however, are not confident they can stand toe to toe with a trained chef. Whether you are cooking for yourself or hosting a dinner party, here are our top tips for plating up satisfying and succulent pork dishes! 

A Meaty Lesson Plan

Who wants to learn about pork chops? Let’s break it down into bite-sized pieces: ideal fat distribution, do you want bone in or out, should you marinade, and the best way to cook your chop.

Cut Matters

We are all trying to be healthier, so many pork farms are producing increasingly leaner meat. While this is potentially better for the waistline, it is unforgiving in the pan! To avoid overcooking, opt for thicker cut chops. If you are at your local butcher ask for a double-cut to ensure the thickness you need. 

A Bone To Pick

Yes, boneless makes life easier, but is it REALLY better? The benefits to cooking with bone in are worth it, in our opinion. You will retain more moisture and flavor. It helps avoid drying out or toughness from overcooking, and the fat that surrounds the bone can add a real punch of flavor! 

Chop Chop - Let’s Get Cooking!

So, should you just pull your chops out of the package and toss them in the pan? Sure, but make sure you season! By adding this step you can add some extra flavor and lock in more moisture. It can be so simple - all you need is a little salt and some patience. Just salt evenly, then rest the pork for a minimum of 30 minutes. What about marinade or brine, you ask? You can definitely go this route, but you can run the risk of loading your meat with water.  

Heat your pan or skillet to medium-high and lightly oil (or add pork fat for extra “Yum” factor). Add pork chops and sear for about one and a half minutes, then flip. Repeat this process on the other side. Test the temperature away from the bone, and if the thermometer reads 145°F, pull your chops from the heat and rest. 

For ultimate flavor and juiciness, baste butter over the resting chops. Leave your pork to relax for at least 5 minutes before serving. 

Go Pig Out!

Now that you are armed with all of the information you need to create a delicious main course, all you need are the chops! While your local supermarket might have a considerable selection, there are even more options available to you if you crave a culinary adventure. Consider checking your local independent butcher or getting home delivery from a humane family farm for more unique cuts. No matter which pork you choose, we wish you happy chopping!