Barbecue is the process of cooking meat over a low, indirect heat source. The smoky, rich flavor that barbecue confers on meat is well-loved all over the world. You can barbecue all types of meat and seafood. It is widely believed that boneless, skinless chicken breast is the most difficult type of meat to barbecue. However, pork chops can be just as and sometimes even more difficult to grill than chicken breast. This is because pork is a meat with minimal fat and as it is quite thin, it can be difficult to barbecue. Also, it does not have a very strong flavor adding to the difficulty. All this may intimidate a beginner to the world of barbecue but with a few pointers, anyone can grill succulent, tender pork chops.
The following tips will guide you, whether you are an amateur or an expert at barbecue, on your journey to the perfectly grilled pork chops:
The first step in the process is selecting the right chops. Make sure you choose the centre-cut as this has enough fat and also a rich flavor. Thin cuts of meat stand a very high chance of getting overdone quickly so it is best to select a cut of meat which is at least one and a half inches thick. Once you have the perfect cut of meat, half the battle is won. It is best to marinate the pork chops overnight. A marinade of honey, oil, vinegar, red pepper flakes and cumin would be perfect for pork chops.
Now, it is time to heat up your grill. A two-zone, indirect fire, with both hot and cool zones, would be your best bet. You can create hot and cool zones by piling all the charcoal on one side of the grill. Watch out for flare-ups, they are caused when fat drips on the coals and you can reduce its effects by moving your meat to the cool zones until the flare-up is mitigated. Once the chops are seared and the crust turns golden- brown you can move it to the cool zone in order to make sure it is cooked both on the inside and the out. Keep the temperature consistent at around 135 to 145 degrees Fahrenheit and you will end up with perfectly grilled pork chops.
Your grilled pork chops are almost ready to be served. Right after you take your meat off the grill, let it rest for about ten minutes in order to let the juices really soak into the meat. The meat will now have a great smoky and rich flavor. If you want to give it some extra flavor, you can always use a rub or some barbecue sauce to season it at the end.
Now, your flawlessly grilled pork chops are ready to be served. By following the pointers given above, you can prepare grilled pork chops at your next backyard barbecue bash and impress your friends and family with the wonderful flavors and the tender texture of the meat.