Stop Overcooking Pork Chops!

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Stop Overcooking Pork Chops!
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America — you’re overcooking your pork! There’s so much fear out there about pork cooking temperature that the beauty and juiciness of pork chops has nearly been forgotten. Generations of eaters have been served dry, tasteless, pucks of pork, and it just doesn’t have to be that way.

The FDA recommended safe cooking temperature for pork is 145°F. Not 160 or 165.

Many, many years ago there was a fear of undercooked pork due to trichinosis, but the risk has been eliminated from all USDA-inspected pork for decades. Unfortunately, the higher, drier temperature of 160°F is stuck in our minds and culture.

Pork chops cooked to 160°F or higher are going to be dry and flavorless, especially if you’re grilling them and not using a sauce.

Good quality pork like Omaha Steaks Boneless Pork Chops tastes amazing when cooked properly. Properly cooked pork should be moist and pink in the center. It’s easiest and surest to use a digital meat thermometer when cooking — go ahead and stop cooking your pork when it reaches 140°F because it will continue to cook to 145°F after you remove it from the heat source.

Watch the video below for a quick how-to on cooking pork chops and then try some of our pork recipes below!

 

 

Tuscan Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

 

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 4 each 4oz or 5oz Omaha Steaks Boneless Pork Chops thawed
  • 1 Tbsp Omaha Steak All Natural Seasoning
  • 1 chub Omaha Steaks Tuscan Balsamic Glaze (unwrapped and sliced)

 

Tutorial:

  1. Preheat the olive oil in a large non-stick pan on medium.
  2. Season pork chops with All Natural Seasoning and place in the pan.
  3. Cook pork chops for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  4. Add the glaze to the pan and allow it to melt, heat up, and thicken slightly.
  5. Plate pork chops and spoon hot glaze over the top.

 

Pork Chops with Grilled Pineapple Salsa

 

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients:

 

Tutorial:

  1. Preheat grill on high.
  2. Prepare Grilled Pineapple Salsa.
  3. Season pork chops with All Natural Seasoning and place on grill.
  4. Cook pork chops for 4-5 minutes on each side.
  5. Add the glaze to the pan and allow it to melt, heat up, and thicken slightly.
  6. Plate pork chops and spoon hot glaze over the top.

 

Grilled Pineapple Salsa

 

Makes about 2 cups or 4-6 servings

 

Ingredients:

  • ½ each Pineapple
  • 1 each Red Bell Peppers
  • 1/2 each White Onion
  • 1 Tbsp Chipotle chile canned in Adobo — Puréed
  • 1 Tbsp Lime Juice — Fresh
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro — Fresh Chopped
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 Black Pepper

 

Tutorial:

  1. Peel the pineapple then slice into 1/4″ thick slices. Grill on a hot
    grill until grill marks on both sides. Cool completely, remove core then
    chop into 1/4″ dice.
  2. Roast the red peppers then peel and seed. Chop into 1/4″ dice.
  3. Peel the onion and slice into 1/4″ thick slices. Grill on a mesquite
    grill then cool completely. Chop into 1/4″ dice.
  4. Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and mix well.

 

Pan Fried Pork Chops with Cabernet Demi Glace

 

Serves 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp Canola Oil
  • To Coat All Purpose Flour
  • 4 each 4oz or 5oz
  • Omaha Steaks Boneless Pork Chops1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Cabernet
  • 2 Containers Omaha Steaks Beef Gravy / Beef Demi Glace

 

Tutorial:

  1. Begin by heating the canola oil in a sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Dredge the pork chops in the all purpose flour and sprinkle with Salt and Pepper.
  3. Place the 4 pork chops in the sauté pan and immediately turn down the pan to low and cover it.
  4. Cook the pork chops covered for 6-7 minutes on each side then remove the pork chops from the pan and place them on plates.
  5. Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup of Red Wine and add the 2 containers of Beef Gravy / Beef Demi Glace in the pan. Bring to a boil and allow sauce to thicken slightly.
  6. Pour sauce over the cooked pork chops and serve.
  7. If you prefer chicken you can substitute Omaha Steaks boneless, skinless chicken breasts for the pork chops.

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in April 2014 and has been updated for freshness and comprehensiveness.

Stop Overcooking Pork Chops!

Pork T-Bones

Pork chop lovers, rejoice! These are the cuts you’ve been clamoring for. The Pork T-Bone is cut just like a T-Bone Steak – with a pork strip loin on one side and a tenderloin on the other. The strip loin side is meaty and dense, packed with flavor. The tenderloin side is tender and juicy, the “Filet Mignon of the pork chop.” Together, they make a complete T-Bone that’s guaranteed to satisfy!