Have you ever had a good pork chop? It’s pretty rare. People’s main complaint with a pork chop is that it’s dry. Maybe you cooked it in the oven with a little shake-n-bake. There’s more to a pork chop than that meat you had to choke down as a kid. If you want a good pork chop, here are a few tips and a recipe to make a great, juicy pork chop.
Ingredients: 1 Center Cut Bone-in Pork Chop // 1 Quart of water boiled with 1/2 cup of sugar and 1/4 cup of salt dissolved and cooled to room temperature // 2 Cloves of Garlic // 3 Sprigs of Rosemary // 3 Tbsp of butter // Salt and Pepper
1. First, you need to brine the meat. You don’t have to do this, but you won’t regret it. Boil a quart of water and dissolve a 1/4 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of sugar. Return the water to room temperature. Place your pork chop in the water and return to the fridge for at least 1-2 hours or up to 8 hours.
2. After you brine the meat, take it out of the fridge and let it sit. Pat it dry and season with salt and pepper.
3. Bring your cast iron pan to medium high heat. Once hot, melt 2 tbsp of butter in pan. DO NOT put butter in pan until pan is hot.
4. Put pork chop in the cast iron and cook for 1 minute and then flip. You’re going to flip your pork chop every minute until it is cooked to 135 degrees. Once it reaches 135 degrees, take off the pan let it rest for 5 minutes, it will reach 145 degrees. It should take about 5-9 minutes depending on the thickness of your chop.
5. Keep pan hot and place last tbsp of butter in. Smash garlic and then put rosemary and garlic in the pan and let it sauté for 30-seconds to a minute and then pour mixture over the pork chop.
6. Serve with whatever you want. Maybe some potatoes? Asparagus? It doesn’t matter, because no one is going to care what else is on the plate when they taste these chops.
Don’t be discouraged when cooking with a cast iron pan. It’s not easy especially when you’re using an electric stove top. If you think this was the first chop I cooked for this video, you’re wrong. My wife got to eat a very burnt pork chop right before I got to eat this beaut. Try this recipe and share how it goes. It’ll be worth it.