Pork chops are a great delicacy. Being that they are high in protein and satisfactory not to mention their mild flavor and succulent taste, making them the best option for a practically endless array of seasonings, glazes, and sauces and accompanying side dishes that you can enjoy.
Truth be told, cooking pork chops is not an easy job; nothing ruins pork chops quite as explicitly overcooking them. There is a fine line between making perfect, tender pork chops without overcooking them.
The key to proper preparation lies in the internal temperature and not in the exact cooking time though time is a major factor as well.
You will never make the same mistakes when cooking pork chops after reading this!
Baked Pork Chops
The amount of cooking time of roasting or baking in the oven varies with the ovens temperature and the thickness of your pork chops. Usually, thicker pork chops require more time also, bone in pork chops cook faster than boneless pork chops. Simply, bake your pork chops at 350 F on a shallow uncovered pan.
For bone-in pork chops bake them for about 20 minutes for every pound and 23 minutes for boneless chops per pound.
For stuffed pork chops bake for about 45 minutes until the pork chops are cooked all the way to about 350F. The pork chop color and cooking time are not enough to rule out their readiness.
As we said earlier, the internal temperature is key. Ensure it is 145F to be safe as the USDA advises. Ideal pork chops should not be cooked beyond this point additionally, invest in an instant-read thermometer to measure the internal temperature.
Grilled Pork Chops
When grilling pork chops, you want chewy as leather and dried out chops, which are safe to eat, you should follow the FDA safe guideline of cooking pork chops that are to about 170 degrees Fahrenheit. Use a thermometer to be sure.
For bone-in ½ – 1-inch thickness 5-10 minutes over high – medium heats. Tenderloin 1lb takes 15-20 minutes over direct medium heat, loin pork roast boneless 2-3 lbs. takes 40-50 minutes over indirect heat while bone-in 3-5 lbs. takes 1 ¼ – 1 ¾ hours over indirect medium heat.
A boneless shoulder 5-6 lbs. takes 5-7 hours over indirect heat. Ham steak a half inch thick takes 8-10 minutes over direct medium heat, precooked or smoked bone-in ham of 8-10 lbs. takes 1 ¼ – 2 hours with an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit while boneless 3-5 lbs. precooked or smoked takes 1 ¼ – 1 ½ hours with 15 -18 minutes per pound at an internal temperature of 135 degrees Fahrenheit.
For stuffed pork chops grill them for 6 minutes on either side and turn each chop after 3 minutes when it hits the 45-degree mark. For grilled pork chop marinade, combine all your favorite marinating ingredients, and pour over your pork chops, wrap them up or put them in a zip lock bag overnight then grill for 10 minutes on either side.
Pan Fried Pork Chops
Cook 2 to 3 pork chops at a time with canola oil and melted butter for about 1-2 minutes on either side until no pink is left on either side and they are golden brown on either side.
With that said, cooking pork chops doesn’t have to be hard anymore. Be keen on time and the right internal temperature and your set. Enjoy!
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