BBQ MY WAY: Smoked pork chops with pizzaiola sauce | Clark County

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I love pork chops. Liz, not so significantly.

I believe pork chops are a blank culinary canvas able of taking on all sorts of flavors and textures.

Liz thinks pork, except if smoked or stuffed with an fascinating filling, is merely monotonous. This recipe is certainly an exception, as it passed the “Liz take a look at.”

There is a chef who I get a kick out of by the identify of Nick Stellino. He is from Italy originally but has been in this article in the states for sometime now. This is his recipe, a little altered with the smoking of the pork chops.

I also added some gnocchi. Some of the amounts have been altered to fit our style. Nick takes advantage of his own pork rub, which is very identical to my pork rub recipe.

He claimed he picked up this notion from the globe of American BBQ. Heck, I’ve posted mine a number of times. For all I know it’s my pork rub recipe. If so I am flattered. Possibly way, let’s get started off.


4 boned pork chops (from the loin) lower to 1-inch thickness

2 cups Italian bread crumbs

Dave’s pork rub (Google “Dave’s pork rub BBQ My Way”)

Sauce Components

1 12-ounce can of crushed tomatoes

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce

2 Tbs contemporary basil (or I Tbs of dried)

2 Tbs refreshing Oregano (or 1 Tbs of dried)

2 Tbs of fresh new parsley (or 1 Tbs of dried)

½ tsp of crimson pepper flakes

4 cloves of garlic — coarsely chopped

½ tsp of brown sugar

2 Tbs olive oil

10 to 12 ounces of potato gnocchi (optional)

Spot the pork chops just one at a time in a ziplock bag and with a rolling pin, gently pound just about every chop right until around 1/3 of an inch thick. Put chops in a smoker and smoke at a quite reduced temperature (I use a pellet smoker and established at 150 levels) and allow for them to smoke for 30 minutes or so. If you do not want a smoky taste this move can be skipped.

Now the sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a chilly skillet and set the heat to medium-high. Saute the garlic until finally it commences to flip golden. Now add the pepper flakes, oregano, basil and parsley. Saute for an additional minute or so. Wow, does not that smell fantastic? Last of all, incorporate the tomatoes, tomato sauce and brown sugar. Make it possible for to simmer on minimal.

Carry a skillet of vegetable oil, ½ inch deep, to frying temperature. Acquire just about every flattened chop and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle both equally sides liberally with Dave’s pork rub (or your favorite pork rub) and dredge equally sides in the bread crumbs, shaking off the excessive.

Just before you get started frying the chops, incorporate the uncooked gnocchi to the sauce. Fry equally sides till golden brown and area on a paper towel. Very last, put the chops in the sauce and make it possible for the chops to sit and finish cooking till the pork is agency to the contact or reaches 145 levels in the center of the chops.

To provide, pour a several spoonfuls of sauce (and gnocchi if you involved it) on a warm plate and location a crispy pork chop on best of it. We served our chops with sautéd Swiss chard. Love!

Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones Financial Adviser in Jeffersonville by day and a BBQ and food items enthusiast on evenings and weekends. Liz is his spouse. You can make contact with Dave with your BBQ, cooking or grilling inquiries at [email protected] You can also visit their YouTube channel at!

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