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    Pork Chop Basics

    Pork Chops

    Pork chops come from the pork loin, which runs the entire length of the spinal cord. These are typically sold 2 to a package. Try to purchase pork chops without any type of enhancements.

    Note: Do not confuse the pork loin, the cut we're discussing here, with the tenderloin. The tenderloin lies near the tail end of the loin, but on the opposite side of the spine, inside the body cavity.


    Types of Pork Chops

    Pork chops come in four main types, each with its own tenderness, flavor, and price tag.

    The loin chop includes parts of the loin and tenderloin. It is low in fat, relatively tender, drier, and flavorful.

    The rib chop is some of the best pork chop meat. It has some fat, and is tender, juicy, and flavorful.

    The blade or shoulder chop is cut from the front of the loin at the shoulder. It is fatty, tough, juicy, and flavorful.

    The sirloin chop is fatty but tough, dry, and low on flavor. Photo credits: Fresh Direct


    Head to our specialty meats store for top quality heritage pork chops!


    Pork Chop Prep and Cooking Suggestions

    Necessary prep on pork chops is minimal. 

    Since chops come from the loin, which has minimal marbling, we recommend wet-brining pork chops in a high-salt solution to help moisten and tenderize the meat. Alternatively, you can use a dry brine, which involves seasoning the chops with a high-salt seasoning mix. Wet or dry, leave the chops to brine in the fridge for a few hours or overnight to allow time for the salt to penetrate the meat.

    For smoking chops, we recommend apple and peach wood. Pork chops are safe to eat when they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees. 

    Enjoy exploring the tasty world of pork chops!


    Impress your family and friends with meat that is a cut above the selection often found in grocery stores. Here at Grillbillies BBQ, our freezers are packed with premium selections of popular cuts such as brisket, pork butts, ribeyes, hot dogs, bratwurst, bacon, and so much more.

    Visit our store to purchase carefully-sourced, high-grade meats that you can cook with confidence. Your family and guests will thank you!

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