Do you crave tender and juicy smoked pork chops that will leave you wanting more? Look no further, because we have a recipe that will make your taste buds sing! In just a few simple steps, you’ll have the most delicious wood pellet smoked pork chops that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re using a Traeger or any other wood pellet grill, this recipe will work like a charm.
Brine and Rub: The Secrets to Flavorful Pork Chops
Before we dive into the recipe, let’s talk about the magic of brining. While brining the pork chops is optional, we highly recommend it for that extra burst of flavor. It’s incredibly easy to do and yields fantastic results. Once you’ve brined your pork chops, it’s time to prepare the rub. We have a special pork rub recipe that is simple yet incredibly flavorful:
- Black Pepper
- Brown Sugar
- Kosher Salt
- Dry Mustard
- Cayenne Pepper
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even try our Chicken Rub for an exciting twist on these pork chops.
The Perfect Smoking Temperature: 225°F
Now that we have our brined and seasoned pork chops, it’s time to get that wood pellet grill fired up. Preheat your grill to 225°F and choose your favorite pellets. Hickory is always a great choice, but feel free to experiment with different flavors. The Handy Wood Pellet Guide from Traeger can help you make the right decision.
Cooking to Perfection: The Art of Temperature
When it comes to smoking pork chops, you’ll find a variety of instructions out there. But we have discovered that cooking at 225°F gives the chops a lovely smoked flavor while ensuring they’re fully cooked. Place your seasoned pork chops directly on the grill grate, close the lid, and let the magic happen.
To ensure your chops are cooked to perfection, we recommend using a temperature probe or digital read thermometer. The ideal internal temperature for smoked pork chops is between 140°F and 145°F. We like to take them off at 140°F, allowing the residual heat to raise the temperature another 5 degrees as they rest. If you prefer, you can remove them at 145°F for a touch of extra doneness.
Let the Juices Flow: The Importance of Resting
Once your pork chops have reached the desired temperature, it’s crucial to let them rest for 5 to 10 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in tender and juicy meat. You want every delicious drop of flavor to stay in the chops and not end up on your plate when you cut into them.
A Mouthwatering Outcome: Juicy, Tender, and Smoky
And there you have it! Your wood pellet smoked pork chops are ready to be enjoyed. These chops are an absolute delight – juicy, tender, and packed with just the right amount of smoky goodness. Plus, they don’t require frequent turning. With even heat circulation in a Traeger or similar grill, you can expect excellent results every time.
Craving more wood pellet grill recipes? We’ve got you covered! Check out our Mojo Smoked Chicken Thighs and Smoked Teriyaki Chicken Legs for more lip-smacking goodness.
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