Smoked Pork Chops Easy Recipe 2021

Smoked Pork Chops

Smoked Pork Chops Easy Recipe 2021

These pork chops are incredible. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying they are the BEST smoked pork chops ever. They’re easy to make and only require a few ingredients.

In my opinion, a simple pork chop doesn’t need a lot of fluff. They only need some good rub and smoke. Pork is delicious, and when smoking chops, you want to be able to taste the pork and smoke together.

Generously rub on some seasoning, and you’ve got a simple, yet amazingly flavorful chop.

I recommend apple wood pellets for these chops because apple and pork are a match made in BBQ heaven. (Other good options include any fruitwood, maple, or pecan).

Add in my Hey Grill Hey Signature Sweet Rub, and these chops turn out sweet, spicy, smoky, and savory. Plus, smoking a good thick chop ensures they turn out juicy and incredibly tender. The texture is almost buttery, and they basically melt in your mouth.

Don’t have a bottle of Sweet Rub on hand? Make it yourself with my recipe for Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken.

These chops are perfect as-is. They don’t need any fancy sauces or dips. But if you’re like me and grew up eating pork with apples, then having a side of chunky, homemade applesauce will really balance out this chop.

If you want to get a little saucy, my Apple Jalapeno BBQ Sauce is crazy good as well.

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How Long To Smoke Pork Chops?

A good, thick pork chop takes anywhere from 60-90 minutes to cook thoroughly. As always, when smoking meat I recommend you cook to temperature, not to time.

It used to be believed that you had to cook pork to 175 degrees F internal temperature for it to be safe to consume, but those days are long gone.

You can now safely cook pork to 145 degrees F; the optional temperature for peak flavor and moisture. If you see a little pink in the center but the thermometer reads 145, don’t fret! The pork is cooked throughout, and you’re good to go.

The time it takes to cook your chops is going to vary slightly depending on what smoker you use, how thick your chops are, and how hot your grill is.

If you reach the 60-minute point and your chops aren’t at 145 degrees yet, you can always spritz the pork chops with apple juice to keep the outside from turning rubbery or leathery while they finish cooking through.

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Smoked Pork Chops Seasoning

Start with a small coating of olive oil, this will help the rub stick to the meat. Then follow with your dry rub. It is what it was made for. It has a little sugar, a little savory, and a little spice.

When Is Pork Done?

In the past, the USDA guidance was to cook pork to 165 degrees F. This is on the top end of well done and recently the guidance lowered that range to 145 degrees. We like our smoked pork chops cooked to 135 – 140 degrees for medium-rare. It is juicy and tender at that range.

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What Wine To Pair With Pork Chops?

Pork works great with so many red wines (Pinot Noir comes to mind). But it also works great with white wines, especially barrel-aged white wines like Chardonnay.

Not only does the butteriness and creaminess of a barrel-aged Chardonnay a fantastic match for the pan sauce we created, but the oak notes are also a nice match for the sweet applewood we used in smoking the meat.


6 Servings0 Hours 10 mins2 Hours 50 mins


1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
¼ teaspoon oregano
6 bone-in center-cut pork chops (about 1-inch thick)


  1. Preheat the smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Add wood chips according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  2. Combine salt, brown sugar, pepper, paprika, ground mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano in a small bowl. Stir until evenly combined. Sprinkle over both sides of each pork chop.
  3. Place pork chops directly on the smoker grate. Smoke for 2 hours 30 minutes. Remove chops from the smoker and let rest for 10 minutes.

Do smoked pork chops need to be cooked?

Smoked pork chops are pork chops that have been cooked in a smoker to enhance their flavor. Even though smoked pork chops come partially cooked, you still need to cook them some more so they’re safe to eat.

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Do pork chops get more tender the longer you cook them?

When they’re cooked for even a few minutes too long, whether it’s in the oven or on the stovetop or grill, they’re quick to dry out, and you guessed it become tough, chewy, and less than appealing. This is partly due to carry-over cooking.

Should you put water in a smoker?

If you are using a smoker you will want to put the 2-3 liters of water, beer, apple juice, or wine in the water pan. You can then put a drip pan on the bottom cooking grate with a dash of water in it to collect the drippings.

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How long do you smoke 1 inch pork chops?

Place the chops on the smoker, close the lid, and cook until the internal temperature of the chops reads 145 degrees F. This process can take anywhere from 60-90 minutes, depending on how thick your pork chops are.


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