Monday, March 16, 2009

Indoor Grilled Pork Chops



No dry, tough pork here... look at these deliciously juicy Indoor Grilled Boneless Pork Chops. Mmmm - you want some don't you? Good news - you can have as many as you like, but you'll have to make them yourself. Don't worry, they're easy, but plan to make extra because you'll crave them the next day like my kids do when they come home from school. Have you every heard of kids begging to eat leftover pork chops for their after school snack? It's Crazy!

Funny story - a relative was visiting recently when I served these chops for dinner. He went on and on about them... asked me what I did to make them taste so good. I told him nothing special, I just seasoned them with salt and pepper. He responded, "Are you sure?". Me, "Yep, I'm very sure". I could tell he wasn't satisfied with my answer, but he nodded slowly and continued eating.

Over the next couple of days he mentioned the pork chops quite a few times - I was so pleased that he liked them. As his visit came to an end, he asked one more time, "What did you say you put on those pork chops?". "Just salt and pepper" I said. Again he started nodding slowly... "Really, that's it?" Then I nodded slowly and said, "Really, that's it!". He obviously thought I was holding out on him because as he walked out the door he stopped nodding and started shaking his head saying, "I sure don't know what you did to those pork chops... you say just salt and pepper, but I don't know". Then he shrugged his shoulders as if giving up in defeat... he's such a character!

Well, it's true... just salt and pepper... really!
Of course, not over cooking the chops helps a lot too. :)


There's no real recipe here... just a couple techniques that can be applied to as many or as few pork chops as you wish. I like to cook BIG, so I went to my favorite store Costco and purchased this huge vacuum packed pork loin. This sucker weighed 8.5 pounds - enough for 18 (yes eighteen) thick pork chops... and it cost less than $16. You can't buy dinner at a restaurant for that.


Okay, start by preheating the oven to 350F. Don't forget to do this! Now cut the loin into 1 1/4-inch thick chops. If you buy a big loin like I did, you'll need a couple of large cutting boards. Or, feel free to purchase pre-cut boneless pork chops. Whatever works best for you. Just be sure they're about 1 1/4-inches thick.


Trivia Question: what's the difference between a really good restaurant chef and your average home cook? Answer: a restaurant chef knows how to properly season, while most home cooks don't. So, season both sides of your chops well with Kosher salt and pepper (remember, these guys are pretty thick). Btw, Kosher salt is much less salty than table salt so be very careful if you use table salt.


Now, I preheat my non-stick grill pan over a med-high flame for a minute or two - just long enough so the meat sizzles a bit when it hits the pan - you definitely don't want your non-stick pan to be screaming hot. Overheating non-stick pans will ruin their coating and make them emit harmful but odorless fumes, so save super high heat for stainless and cast iron pans.

This is an All-Clad Double Grill Pan. I LOVE this pan - it leaves nice grill marks on everything, is oven safe up to 450F, and it cleans up like a dream.

When your grill pan is hot, place your chops on the pan diagonally and DON'T TOUCH THEM for at least 4 minutes, then you can take a quick peak to see how brown your grill marks are. Flip them when those grill marks are nice and brown (brown equals flavor - they should cook on the first side for a total of 4-5 minutes). As soon as you turn the chops, turn off the burners. If you have an oven safe meat probe/thermometer, insert it into the center of the thickest pork chop now, and transfer grill pan to the heated 350F oven.


Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160F (about 12 minutes). Remove from the oven and let them rest for 4-5 minutes before serving. Mmmmm, so good!!!


I hope you give these a try - they're really, really delicious!!!

One final note - I just recieved an email from Foodgawker. This photo was rejected too (big surprise, huh?). Their reason: "photo/food composition".




17 comments:

  1. You make me want to go buy a pork loin. :-)Your first and last pictures are foodgawker worthy... have you submitted them? :-D

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  2. I submitted the first one... of course it was rejected, again! I thought it would be accepted for sure, but they didn't like it.

    Their reason - "Lighting issues (flash?)".
    Maybe I'll submit the last photo... I'm a sucker for punishment I guess.

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  3. Great pic.. i don't care what they say! You are stubborn! HAHA!
    I buy those pork loins, got one last month for 1.69 lb.. WHOA! i make my own ground pork , roasts and chops..

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  4. YUM!! girl it only takes 12 minutes...don't you have to cook pork longer??? Hope you have a great weekend my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  5. Hi Gloria - it's only 12 minutes AFTER you cook it on the first side for 4 or 5 minutes, then it rests for a few minutes which allows the temp to continue to rise a bit. An instant read thermometer ensures properly cooked pork.

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  6. Those look so tasty and yummy! I love buying the whole pork loin like that and in the summer wrap in foil and cook on the grill. So good and wonderful. Plus I don't have to cook for another day or so. That's always my fav. part.

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  7. Those are just mouth watering. Yum. A friend served chops fried and then simmered in cream of mushroom soup. They were so juicy and moist I started making them like that and never make them any other way anymore. Everyone just loves them. In fact it was the first dinner I ever cooked for my husband when we were dating.

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  8. We always buy big and cut up the meat ourselves. The steaks are a super deal this way.
    I agree seasoning you food is so important and the key is not to overcook everything.
    The hardest part is convincing people to let the meat rest before digging in.

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  9. Lori - Yes, Yes, Yes!!!!!!

    RainGardener - Thanks for the inspiration... I'll try it out.

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  10. Hi Patricia...

    Mmmmm...yummy! My friend, your photos look good enough to eat! Hehe! Seriously...these have got to be the prettiest pork loin chops I've ever seen! I bet they taste fabulous! Loved reading about your visiting relative and how much he enjoyed dinner! That's too cute! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! Sounds easy and absolutely scrumptious! I've never fixed pork like this before...I would really like to give it a try! I'll have to look for a "grill" pan though. Any suggestions of where to find a good one? Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your recipe with us for Sunday Favorites this week!

    I do apologize at being so late to get by for a visit but I have really been enjoying my daughter and grandchildren's surprise visit! Thank you again for joining in with the fun of Sunday Favorites...it was a real treat to have you join us again! I've been missing you!!!

    Have a fabulous week, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

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  11. I noticed that you discovered what wonders brining can do for your poultry - well, try it on a pork loin like the one above, you won't regret!

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  12. Picnic is a wonderful holiday in nature, when people forget about their everyday worries and hardships and with a head dip into the atmosphere of warmth and communication.

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  13. Oh god I want to eat something when I see those pics...Pork chops are definitly the best meat in the whole world, I am glad to know how can I cook it

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  14. This recipe made for the best pork chop I have ever made at home to date. Thank you!! I ended up making a rub of coarse salt, pepper and fennel seeds and storing over night.

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  15. Hooray! I'm so glad the technique worked so well for you, Jeannine. Have a great week!

    :)
    ButterYum

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