Pork Chop Cooking Guidelines

Cooking Methods


1. Searing 

Salt is important not only for flavor but also for moisture. Season your chops with salt before you cook to draw out excess moisture ensuring a rich brown crust. In a very hot cast iron skillet, heat canola oil or butter. Your chop should always be room temperature before you begin. Sear evenly on both sides, turning frequently. Your preferred doneness determines the cook time, which can vary from 3 to 9 minutes per side depending on the cut and thickness. 


2. Grilling 

Season your chops with salt before you cook to draw out excess moisture ensuring a rich brown crust. Make sure you clean your grill grates well before you begin. Char build upon the grates will affect the flavor of your chop. After cleaning, get the grates as hot as possible. Watch for flare ups from the dripping fat and make sure to turn often and cook evenly. Your preferred doneness determines the cook time, which can vary from 3 to 9 minutes per side depending on the cut and thickness.


Resting 

After you cook your chop to your desired temperature, make sure to rest before you carve. This allows the juices to redistribute and the proteins to relax. 5 minutes for every inch of meat is a good rule of thumb.