Pork Chop Seasoning
Quick and easy seasoning made of pantry ingredients for your pork chops.
- 1 Tbsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 1 Tbsp smoked paprika
In a small bowl combine all the ingredients until mixed. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry enviroment.
Sprinkle liberally on pork chops before grilling, baking or searing.
Internal Temperature of Pork
One of the biggest complaints we hear is that their pork is dry and chewy.
The easiest way to avoid this is to cook it to the correct temperature and to have an instant read thermometer to monitor the temperature.
To check doneness properly, use a digital cooking thermometer to measure the temperature at the thickest part of the cut without touching any bone.
For tender and delicious pork chops prepare them to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
It is ok if there is a blush pink in the center!
The National Pork Board suggests the range of 145 degrees F to 160 degrees F optimal flavor. We find that the best flavor is at 145 degrees F.
Boneless or Bone-In Pork Chops?
This is really a personal preference.
We like boneless because of the convenience with kids.
A bone-in chop can have a more attractive appearance and is often said to have the most flavor. This is because there is fat around the bone and the bone does a lot to keep the meat from drying out as it's cooked.
The main thing to notice is how thick your pork chop is cut. This can vary from 1/2'' to 2'' thickness. The thickness of your pork chop will make a large difference in how long you cook it. Once again, that's why we recommend using a thermometer to check the internal temperature.