PORK CHOPS, YOU KNOW . . . THE OTHER WHITE MEAT!
Whenever we go out to eat, especially if it’s at a restaurant that’s supposed to serve “great steak,” I always look on the menu to see if they offer “pork chops” as an alternate entree. Yes, it’s true, I prefer pork chops over steak, but it’s all good! I have had my fair share of insanely awesome chops as well as the ones I wouldn’t shine my shoes with, but I still say that bone-in chops totally rule over boneless chops.
However, you don’t have to go out to a good restaurant to get a great pork chop. Hell no, you can make them yourself. All you need is a cast-iron pan and the desire to rule over the “Pork Chop” kitchen. There’s not much prep work involved so grab your applesauce, set the oven and yell; “Grease my lips and call me Pork Chop!”
Pork Chops (2-4 thick, bone-in or boneless)
Cast Iron Pan
Coarse Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder, Ground Pepper, Smoked Paprika, Brown Sugar, Butter, Olive Oil
Set oven to 375 degrees
Place chops on a plate or a piece of wax paper. Lightly brush both sides with Olive Oil. Next, generously season both sides of chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder and smoked paprika.
Place cast iron pan on top burner and set on medium high. You’ll know it’s hot enough when drops of water dance across the pan and evaporate. WARNING; When you place the chops in the hot pan . . .THEY WILL SMOKE! That’s what they’re supposed to do, DON’T PANIC!
Using tongs, place pork chops in pan and cook for 2 minutes. Flip chops and while the other side is cooking for 2 minutes, put a pad of butter on top of each chop. Then sprinkle some brown sugar on top of the pad of butter.
After cooking that side for 2 minutes, shut heat off. Using a potholder (Handle and pan will be very, very hot) remove pan and place it in the preheated oven for approximately 25-35 minutes. The butter and brown sugar will melt and caramelize beautifully on the chops. When chops are done, let them sit for at least 5 minutes before serving.
Serve with garlic green-beans, apple sauce and wild rice.
Enjoy Your Pork Chops A La Papa Tony!