Marinated Pork Collar Chops

Are you craving a juicy and flavorful pork dish? Look no further than marinated pork collar chops, also known as pork neck chops or Coppa steaks. These boneless slices of beautifully marbled meat are taken from the pork collar, which runs from the base of the pig’s neck to the tip of the loin. The meat is incredibly rich and flavorful, making it the perfect choice for a delicious dinner.

Cast iron skillet with seared pork neck chops

What are Pork Neck Chops?

Pork neck chops are boneless slices of meat taken from the pork collar, also known as the pork neck fillet. The pork collar is the part of the shoulder that runs from the base of the pig’s neck to the tip of the loin, and it is known for its extensive fat marbling, which results in incredibly juicy and flavorful pork chops.

Growing up, pork neck chops were a favorite in my extended family for large gatherings. My grandmother would serve a heaping platter of them along with other delicious dishes, and we would all gather around the table to enjoy the feast. To this day, the prospect of juicy collar steaks for dinner excites me. The best part is that they require minimal preparation – a simple marinade or seasoning is enough to enhance their rich flavor.

Raw pork neck chops and ingredients for pan searing

The Best Way to Marinate Pork Chops

Marinating the pork chops adds flavor to the surface of the meat while the marbling ensures that they stay moist during cooking. For my marinade, I like to use a combination of salt, cumin, and beer. It’s a flavor combination that brings back memories of how I grew to love these chops. However, feel free to use your favorite marinade or choose one from our list of Pork Marinade Recipes. Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Use fresh garlic and herbs like rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, or chives to impart intense flavor.
  • Opt for flavorful oils like extra virgin olive oil or chile-infused oil for a touch of heat.
  • Choose spices that complement pork, such as cumin, caraway, cinnamon, or red pepper flakes.
  • Include an acidic ingredient like citrus juice, wine, beer, or vinegar. Just be careful not to use highly acidic ones in excess.
  • Always use a non-reactive container to marinate the meat, and ensure it is covered and refrigerated.
  • Allow adequate time for the marinade to infuse the pork’s surface – 4 hours to overnight works best.
  • Remember to discard the used marinade for food safety reasons.
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How to Cook Pork Neck Chops on the Stove Top

How to marinate and cook pork neck chops

Follow these simple steps to cook delicious pan-seared pork collar chops on the stove top:

  1. Marinate: Mix the marinade, apply it all over the pork neck steaks, and refrigerate them covered. Bring them to room temperature on the counter about 30-60 minutes before cooking.
  2. Sear: Heat a heavy-bottomed pan or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add a tablespoon of cooking oil. Scrape off the marinade from the chops and sear them in batches of two for about 3-4 minutes on each side. The juices should run clear before you stop searing.
  3. Rest: Transfer the cooked neck chops to a warm plate and let them rest. Loosely cover them with foil to keep them warm.

Tip: Pan-seared pork chops are food safe at 145°F internal temperature, but going up to 160°F is absolutely fine – they will not be dry.

Serving Suggestions for Pan Seared Pork Collar Chops

Platter with pan seared pork collar chops

When it comes to serving pan-seared pork collar chops, you have various options:

  • Family Style: Either place the rested pork chops back in the skillet for a more rustic presentation or serve them on the platter where they rested with a fresh herb garnish.
  • Individual Portions: Warm the plates before serving each person.

Pork neck chops pair well with a variety of side dishes, including roasted or steam-fried vegetables like asparagus, snow peas, cauliflower, or broccolini. They also go well with various potato preparations, such as crispy roasted potatoes, mashed beer potatoes, or champ. Additionally, they can be served with green salads, German coleslaw, barley salad, padron peppers, shishitos, or even fried jalapenos.

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Where to Buy Pork Neck Chops

In the US, buying pork neck chops used to be a challenge, but they are gaining popularity all over the country. To purchase these flavorful chops:

  • Ask your local butcher to cut you a few thick pork neck chops.
  • Buy a whole pork collar (pork neck fillet) from a butcher and portion it yourself. The average pork neck fillet weighs about 4 lbs and will give you approximately 8-10 thick collar steaks.
  • Consider buying pork neck online, such as the Berkshire whole pork collar sold by D’Artagnan (affiliate link).

Conclusion

Marinated pork collar chops are a delicious and easy-to-make dish that will impress your family and friends. With the right marinade and cooking technique, you can enjoy tender and flavorful pork chops that will leave everyone wanting more. Visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ to discover more exciting recipes and tips for your next culinary adventure.