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All About Pork Chops



Many of us grew up eating pork chops on a regular basis, probably pan-fried with a little salt and pepper. You might even still eat them today. Served with potatoes and a vegetable, pork chops make an easy weeknight meal.


Learn more about this popular cut of meat, including how to safely cook pork chops and whether or not pork really is “the other white meat.”


What Part of the Pig Are Pork Chops?


Pork chops are cut from the loin of the pig, the area on the back between the shoulder and the hip. There’s a lot of meat there, which is why pork chops are a common cut and often priced cheaper than other cuts.


Pork Chops vs. Pork Steaks: What Is the Difference?


Pork steaks differ in both the cut of meat and the flavor. Pork steaks are cut from the shoulder of the pig and contain more fat, giving the steaks a richer taste. 


How Do You Cook Pork Chops?


Pork chops are a lean cut that benefits from a short cooking time on higher heat. The USDA guidelines for cooking pork chops are to cook to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.


When frying pork chops in a skillet, you will reach that temperature by cooking the chop for  3-4 minutes per side. However, don’t rely on time alone; always use a meat thermometer.


It’s easy to overcook pork chops, which can leave you with a dry, flavorless meal.


Pork Chop Recipes


Pork chops have a mild flavor and take on whatever spices or marinades you use.  


Pork chops pair well with stone fruit and apples. For a sweeter dish, try Easy Apricot Pork Chops. If you want a little heat, you can create your own rub using this Boneless Pork Chops with Spicy Rub

 

If you don’t feel like making your own rub, give local Smokin’ Bros Rubs & Seasonings a try. We always have several flavors in stock. 


Are Pork Chops Red or White Meat?


“Pork. The Other White Meat.,” was an advertising campaign that ran in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Despite its light color after cooking, the USDA considers pork to be red meat.


Which Is Better: Bone-In or Boneless Pork Chops?


Bone-in pork chops are typically cheaper per pound than boneless. Most boneless cuts of meat tend to cost more than their bone-in counterparts due to the labor involved.


Boneless pork chops are the better option if your recipe calls for slicing the chop into strips or serving with a sauce. 


Buy Pork Chops at The Grain Bin Butchery & Market


We carry bone-in and boneless pork chops in our freezer case. Occasionally, we also sell stuffed pork chops. To check availability or order large quantities, please call our retail store at 715-632-2800.

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