5 Ways To Take Pork Chops From Dry And Bland To Tender And Flavorful
I hardly ever make pork chops. It’s not because I don’t like them – it’s because I can never seem to cook them properly. Pork chops served at (most) restaurants are tender, juicy, and full of delicious flavor. When I make pork chops, they always end up being dry, bland, and tough as nails. Thankfully, there are some great insider tips that will help you to cook restaurant-quality pork chops.
1. Know Your Cuts
The first step towards cooking perfect pork chops lies in knowing exactly which cut you’re dealing with. As with most meats, there are a variety of different cuts available. With pork chops, the center-cut loin is generally the most tender, so that’s the cut you’ll want to buy.
2. Choose A Thick Cut
Once you’ve found that center-cut loin, try to choose the thickest option available. Thick cuts take slightly longer to cook, but they retain moisture better, meaning your pork chops will end up super tender and juicy.
3. Brine, Brine, Brine
Marinating meats can often give them great flavor. But the best way to ensure they stay juicy is to brine them. Soak your pork chops in a brine for a few hours before cooking to prevent them from drying out once exposed to heat.
4. Use A Slow Cooker
As with most meats, cooking pork chops in a slow cooker will provide the most even cook, while ensuring they stay tender, juicy, and flavorful. Plus, it’s a lot less work (and dishes) for you!
5. Let Them Rest
Once your pork chops are cooked, remove them from the heat, cover them with foil, and let them rest for about ten minutes before digging in. Letting meat like pork chops and steaks rest will allow the flavor to really sink in. Trust us, it’s worth the wait!
Now that you know these simple, easy-to-follow tips, you’ll be well on your way to cooking the perfect pork chop!