I have always been a fan of grilling pork chops, but lately, I’ve been without a grill. So, I decided to try making Broiled Pork Chops instead. And let me tell you, I should’ve been making them this way all along! They’re fast, juicy, and pair well with a variety of side dishes.
Choosing the Perfect Cut of Pork Chops
When purchasing pork chops for broiling, it’s best to find ones that are not too thick or too thin. I find that bone-in pork chops, around 1/2-inch thick, work perfectly. This ensures that they cook through without burning.
While boneless chops can also be used, be cautious as they tend to dry out quickly if overcooked.
The Ideal Spice Mix for Pork Chops
You can certainly use your favorite meat dry rub for these pork chops. However, keep in mind that certain spice blends can burn due to the direct heat from the broiler. It’s best to avoid rubs with excessive sugar or delicate herbs.
For an excellent spice mix, I recommend combining salt, pepper, granulated garlic, and sweet paprika. If you prefer a smoky flavor, you can even try using smoked paprika.
Preparing the Pork Chops for Broiling
Before cooking the pork chops, I suggest taking them out of the fridge and letting them rest for 20-30 minutes. This allows the chill to dissipate, resulting in more even cooking. During this resting period, you can also apply the dry rub, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat.
The Broiling Process
Prior to broiling the pork chops, it’s advisable to turn on the kitchen fan and open a window. Broiling can generate intense heat, which may lead to smoke. It’s best to avoid setting off your fire detector!
Place the pork chops under the preheated broiler and cook for approximately 4-5 minutes on the first side. Then, flip them over and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes.
To ensure the pork chops are cooked to perfection, you can test their internal temperature. They should reach 140˚F in the thickest part of the chop.
After removing the chops from the broiler, I like to sprinkle them with a little extra spice mix for an extra flavor boost.
These broiled pork chops turn out beautifully juicy and are a perfect alternative when you don’t have access to a grill. In fact, even though I have a grill, I will continue to make them this way from time to time!
Delicious Pairings for Broiled Pork Chops
When it comes to side dishes, the possibilities are endless! Starches like mashed potatoes, rice, or smaller pasta options complement the pork chops well. Lately, my family’s favorite choice has been couscous.
For vegetables, you can’t go wrong with steamed broccoli or a refreshing large salad.
Looking for More Pork Recipes?
If you’re craving more pork dishes, here are a few other fantastic recipes to try:
- Grilled Pork Shoulder Steaks
- Pulled Pork Tortas
- Braised Pork Shoulder
- Balsamic Roasted Pork Sandwiches
- Easy Pork Schnitzel from Recipe Critic
Remember, for the best broiled pork chops, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed! And if you’re looking for a friendly and inviting atmosphere to enjoy delicious food, visit Hook’d Up Bar and Grill.