The Ultimate Guide to Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

If you’re an amateur looking for an easy and delicious smoked pork recipe, look no further than Traeger smoked pork chops. With just a few simple steps, you can create a mouthwatering dish that will impress your family and friends. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of making these flavorful pork chops using a pellet smoker. So, let’s fire up the grill and get cooking!

A plate of Traeger smoked pork chops
This easy recipe for Traeger smoked pork chops costs about $5 per portion.

About Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

For this recipe, we used the Traeger Silverton 810 smoker from Costco. It’s an economical option that is perfect for family meals or entertaining guests. Living in farm country like Wisconsin has its advantages, including easy access to locally sourced ingredients. We recommend using thick bone-in pork chops from a local butcher shop for the best flavor and quality.

When it comes to seasoning, simplicity is key. Whether you prefer a dry rub or a basic combination of olive oil, salt, and fresh black peppercorns, the goal is to enhance the natural flavors of the pork chops. Keep in mind that the quality of your ingredients will greatly affect the final outcome, so always choose the best you can find.

Ingredients and Equipment

To make these Traeger smoked pork chops, you’ll need the following:

  • Thick-Cut Pork Chops: Use bone-in pork chops that are 1 to 1 ½-inches thick for optimal flavor and juiciness. You can also use boneless loin chops if desired.
  • Kosher Salt: Use coarse kosher salt for flavoring the meat.
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper: Add a touch of boldness with freshly ground black pepper.
  • Dried Thyme: Infuse the pork chops with a subtle herb flavor.
  • Paprika: Sprinkle paprika to enhance the color and add a hint of warmth.
  • Barbecue Sauce (optional): Serve with a side of barbecue sauce for added flavor.
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Pro Cooking Tip: Heat the barbecue sauce before serving. No one wants cold sauce with a hot juicy piece of meat!

How to Make Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Follow these steps to create the perfect Traeger smoked pork chops:

  1. Make a dry brine using the kosher salt, black pepper, dried thyme, and paprika.
  2. Evenly sprinkle the spice mixture on the uncooked pork chops, making sure to coat all sides.
  3. Allow the pork chops to rest, uncovered, in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours to enhance the flavors.
  4. Preheat your Traeger pellet smoker to 225°F (107°C).
  5. Smoke the pork chops until they reach a safe internal temperature of at least 145°F (63°C). This usually takes 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the thickness of the chops.
  6. Remove the smoked pork chops from the grill and let them rest for a few minutes before serving.

How to Reverse Sear Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

For those who enjoy a crispy exterior, you can try reverse searing your smoked pork chops. Here’s how:

  1. Once the internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 145°F (63°C), remove them from the smoker and tent them loosely with foil.
  2. Increase the smoker temperature to its maximum level.
  3. Place the pork chops back on the smoker, using GrillGrates if available, and sear for about a minute on each side.
  4. Allow the meat to rest, tented with foil, for at least 10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

Pro Cooking Tip: Before reverse searing, apply a thin layer of barbecue sauce to the surface for beautiful grill marks.

Top Tips for the Best Smoked Pork Chops

Here are some expert tips to ensure your Traeger smoked pork chops turn out perfectly every time:

  1. Don’t overcook the pork chops. It’s okay if they have a slight pink center, as long as they reach an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C).
  2. Use tongs to flip the pork chops instead of prongs to minimize juice loss.
  3. Avoid slicing or cutting the meat while it’s on the grill to check for doneness, as this will dry it out.
  4. Resist the urge to peek while smoking to maintain a consistent temperature and retain the smoky flavor.
  5. Let the pork chops rest, tented with foil, for 5-10 minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.
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Food Safety Tip: Always ensure the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) before consuming.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: How can I add more flavor to the pork chops?
A: While salt and pepper are essential, you can experiment with additional seasonings such as chili powder, cayenne pepper, cumin, oregano, parsley, or even a touch of brown sugar.

Q: Can I marinate the pork chops in advance?
A: Yes! You can marinate the pork chops in a simple marinade consisting of apple juice or cider, garlic powder, and kosher salt. Let them marinate in the refrigerator overnight for maximum flavor.

Q: Can I use different cuts of pork?
A: Absolutely! Thick bone-in pork chops are preferred for this recipe, but you can also use thick loin chops if boneless options are more to your liking.

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Updated from the original post of February 27, 2022.

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