The 1 thing you must do when making pork chops

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How make the perfect pork chops on your grill.

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Hello friend!

‘Tis the season for pork chops!

Of all the cuts of pork, I think chops might be my most favorite.

You can grill them…put them in the crock pot….smoke them….bake them…..broil them….and probably several other fabulous things I haven’t discovered yet. 

In the summer, grilling them is how I like to prepare them best. 

And I’d like to share the simple way I make mine.

Our grill was actually built by my brother a few years ago.  It’s a simple design of cement blocks with a stainless steel grate that can be arranged a couple different ways. It works well with the wood we available from the grove of trees on the north and west parts of our property.

But you don’t need anything fancy. A charcoal or propane grill will work fine.

However, there is one thing that’s MOST important for pork chops…

Temperature

These chops come with fabulous flavor and tenderness already, but it’s a MUST that they are cooked not much higher than 145 degrees.

If they are over-done, they get tough and chewy and the flavor isn’t as good.

But 145 is yum yum good! 😄

Interested in a good thermometer?  I have this one and love it!

Here’s my simple recipe anyone can follow to make delicious summer pork chops!

Grilled Pork Chops

Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 4 farm fresh pork chops
  • A seasoning of your choice Lawry’s is great!

Instructions
 

  • 1. Sprinkle a seasoning of choice on both sides of your chops.
  • 2. If you have time, let them sit for 30 minutes before grilling.
  • 3. Prepare your grill and add your chops to the grill when it’s hot.
  • 4. The length of cook time could vary depending on your grill, but generally it’s about 20-30 minutes.
  • 5. Flip your chops 2-3 times during cooking to make sure they are evenly heated.
  • 6. Watch your meat temperature closely. You don’t want them to get very far above 145 degrees. If necessary, adjust each chop’s position on the grill to allow the done chops to remain warm but not raise the meat temperatures much higher.
  • 6. Remove from grill when cooked and enjoy!

Notes

We raise meat that is very tender and flavorful. You can experience this best by not letting your chop’s cook temperature to be much above 145.  We highly recommend a meat thermometer (especially one with a long probe that you can leave in while cooking.)  This is one we have and it works great! –> https://amzn.to/3BFiZqM

Farm News July 23, 2021

This is a large pen for only 9 pigs so the quack grass is starting to take over. But it looks so pretty and they love to nibble on it!  (Quack grass is pretty tasty for most all animals.)
All the pretty pasture flowers come out in full bloom along the driveway because no animals graze here. This drives the 9 year old (who loves to mow grass) just nuts because it looks messy and unkempt to him. 😂 
But aren’t the lavender chicory just beautiful?  The bees, birds and butterflies love them too! 🐝

This spring we planted a field of peas and oats. The plan was to combine it as grain for the pigs. The lack of rain made the weeds grow much faster than the plants we actually wanted, so we decided to cut it all and bale it before the weeds went to seed.  (An important thing for land that doesn’t have any herbicides used on it.)  It will be used primarily as bedding, but since the pigs seem to eat all the bedding they don’t use as a bathroom, I think it’ll be worth the time of everything. 😊

(Plus, now the kids have a new playground.  😄)

And lastly, on a non-farm note, we went to Duluth for a family vacation recently. My favorite place on earth. If there would have been pigs there, it would have been paradise. 🥰😂

From all of us here at Piggery Run Farm, with 2 feet or 4 feet,
we wish you a fabulous grilling season! 😘
Naomi and the gang

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