Smoked pork chops with pizzaiola sauce | Life

I adore pork chops. Liz, not so significantly.

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

Liz thinks pork, until smoked or stuffed with an appealing filling, is merely dull. This recipe is definitely an exception, as it passed the “Liz examination.”

There is a chef who I get a kick out of by the title of Nick Stellino. He is from Italy originally but has been in this article in the states for sometime now.

This is his recipe, somewhat altered with the smoking of the pork chops.

I also extra some gnocchi. Some of the amounts have been altered to fit our style. Nick works by using his individual pork rub, which is pretty identical to my pork rub recipe.

He mentioned he picked up this strategy from the entire world of American BBQ. Heck, I have published mine a quantity of periods. For all I know it is my pork rub recipe. If so I am flattered. Either way, let us get started.


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

2 cups Italian bread crumbs

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

SAUCE Substances

1 12-ounce can of crushed tomatoes

1 8-ounce can of tomato sauce

2 Tbs clean basil (or I Tbs of dried)

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

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

½ tsp of red 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)

Area the pork chops 1 at a time in a ziplock bag and with a rolling pin, gently pound just about every chop right up until approximately 1/3 of an inch thick. Place chops in a smoker and smoke at a very minimal temperature (I use a pellet smoker and established at 150 degrees) and make it possible for them to smoke for 30 minutes or so. If you really do not want a smoky taste this step can be skipped.

Now the sauce. Include 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a cold skillet and set the warmth to medium-large. Saute the garlic until eventually it commences to change golden. Now include the pepper flakes, oregano, basil and parsley. Saute for one more moment or so. Wow, doesn’t that smell good? And lastly, increase the tomatoes, tomato sauce and brown sugar. Permit to simmer on lower.

Deliver a skillet of vegetable oil, ½ inch deep, to frying temperature. Take every flattened chop and brush with olive oil. Sprinkle both equally sides liberally with Dave’s pork rub (or your beloved pork rub) and dredge the two sides in the bread crumbs, shaking off the extra.

Just prior to you begin frying the chops, add the raw gnocchi to the sauce. Fry equally sides until finally golden brown and location on a paper towel. Past, put the chops in the sauce and make it possible for the chops to sit and end cooking until the pork is business to the touch or reaches 145 levels in the middle of the chops.

To provide, pour a couple spoonfuls of sauce (and gnocchi if you involved it) on a heat plate and area a crispy pork chop on prime of it. We served our chops with sautéd Swiss chard.

Get pleasure from!


Dave Lobeck is an Edward Jones Economic Adviser in Jeffersonville by working day and a BBQ and meals enthusiast on nights and weekends. Liz is his wife. You can call Dave with your BBQ, cooking or grilling inquiries at [email protected] You can also visit their YouTube channel at!

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