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Pork Chop Butcher Guide
Pork chops are a cut of meat from the loin of a pig. They are one of the most popular cuts of pork in the United States. The average pork chop has about 192 calories, 25 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fat. It’s also a good source of Vitamin B12, Phosphorus, Selenium, and Thiamin. They can be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.
Pork Chop Cooking Guide
Pork chops can be grilled, pan-fried, broiled, or baked. Popular recipes for pork chops are Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes, Pork Chops with Mushroom Sauce, and Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic Herb Butter.
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Note: The above guidelines are only guardrails. Average time depends on size/amount of meat. Stoves and pans vary in performance as well; so to achieve perfectly cooked pork chop, check temperature regularly within above time frames.
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How to Cook a Pork Chop
- Oil, salt & pepper on both sides
- Add oil to the pan
- Add your favorite herbs
- Sear medium-high heat, 3 minutes each side
- Baste with juices
- Cook to 145 or until juices run clear
- Cover with foil, let rest for 5 minutes
- Slice & serve!
Frequently Asked Questions
Grill 1-inch thick pork chops for about 8-12 minutes, turning every 3-4 minutes, then let pork chops rest 5 minutes.
The USDA recommends cooking pork chops, roasts, loins, and tenderloin to an internal temperature of 145° F - with a three-minute resting period.
Cooking times depend on meat size and temp. At 350 °F, a couple of one-inch pork chops can take around 20-25 minutes in the oven on. Because oven performance can vary, a more accurate way to check doneness is to check for an internal temp of 145°F with a meat thermometer.