This has been a long hot summer. I am ready for the new season, are you? I love coming home to simmering crock pot dinners and snuggling up with my Mister on those crisp autumn nights. I’m a fan of change, especially when it comes to seasons.
When the temperature starts to drop, cozy pork dishes warm the belly and the soul. This thick-cut pork chop definitely fits that bill. If you haven’t cooked a thick chop before, have no fear. With a little care and attention (and a meat thermometer) you’ll cook these like a pro in no time – no grill necessary.
Prepare the dry rub and distribute it evenly on your pork chops. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat (use a cast iron skillet if you have it). Cook the pork chops until both sides are nicely browned, about 1-2 minutes per side. Remove the skillet from the heat.
Place the pork chops in a baking pan if you do not have a cast iron skillet and bake the chops, uncovered, for about 20-30 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through (internal temperature of 145). Allow the chops to rest for five minutes and serve.
I really love this time of year. Everyone is decorating their homes for the holidays and staying indoors with their loved ones. It’s a time to catch up on your full DVR and read that book you’ve been meaning to get to all year. It’s hibernation time!
Us? We’ve been busy playing Modern Warfare 3 and preparing meals that are so warm and inviting, they’ll stick to your ribs for days. Mmm!
Clean and oil your grill rack. Preheat your grill to 450 degrees.
Pat your pork chops dry with a paper towel. Sprinkle salt, pepper, thyme and sage on each side of your pork chops.
Place your pork chops on your hot grill and close the lid. Don't touch them for 4 or 5 minutes. Let the grill marks really make their mark here. Using a metal spatula, turn the pork chop 90 degrees and leave for another 4 or 5 minutes on the same side. Flip your pork chops and repeat with the second side. After your last turn, check your pork with a meat thermometer to see how they are coming along. The USDA recommends pork chops to be cooked to 145 degrees F internally to be deemed as fully cooked.
Serve with your favorite goodies (i.e. salad, potatoes, couscous, applesauce) and enjoy!