Smothered Pork Chops

From Pork Chops, Two Ways

Smothered Pork Chops

Why This Recipe Works

To perfect our smothered pork chop recipe, we determined that bone-in, rib-end pork chops were the most juicy and flavorful. Further, we found that thin, 1/2-inch chops picked up more flavor than thick chops and didn't overwhelm the gravy. ...

Why This Recipe Works

To perfect our smothered pork chop recipe, we determined that bone-in, rib-end pork chops were the most juicy and flavorful. Further, we found that thin, 1/2-inch chops picked up more flavor than thick chops and didn't overwhelm the gravy. The best cooking method was to sear the chops in bacon fat, then braise them (30 minutes turned them tender and succulent) in an onion gravy thickened with a bacon fat and flour roux; the sweet, salty, smoky flavor of the roux underscored and deepened all of the other flavors in our smothered pork chops recipe.

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Pork Chops, Two WaysSeason 3, Ep. 313

Pork chops are leaner than they used to be, which poses new problems for home cooks. We explain which chops to buy and how to cook them, ensuring perfectly cooked meat that is both crispy and juicy.