This Pork Chops Recipe on a Masterbuilt Electric Smoker will teach you how to properly cook this delicate cut of protein in your electric smoker to make sure that you only eat the best one.
Porkchop is a very common cut of pork that you can cook in so many different ways.
You can grill them directly and quickly or go slow with a smoker like the Masterbuilt electric smoker.
While it is easy or fast to cook, you can also easily mess it up by overcooking it.
When people cook pork chops, the most common mistake is that they treat them as steaks or thicker cuts.
That is what makes most of the pork chops in bad restaurants overcooked and dry.
The texture of dry pork is not what you are looking for if you want to make the best protein meal.
There are some tricks that you can do to make sure that the pork chops cook perfectly.
We will also be including those tips in the recipe so you can follow them easily.
Using the recipe from Masterbuilt, we have made a guide here on how to cook pork chops in an electric smoker.
We have made the recipe simpler and more detailed so you can follow it easily.
Dry-rubbed Pork Chops Recipe on Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Step 1: Preheat The Electric Smoker
After cleaning the pork chops, start the cooking process by preheating the electric smoker.
Set the temperature to 225 degrees Fahrenheit and load the chip tray with wood chips.
Step 2: Prepare The Dry Rub
Combine the smoked paprika, brown sugar, kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, ground mustard, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl and mix them all.
Rine the pork chops under cold running water and then pat them dry with paper towels.
Apply the rub all over the pork chops and let them rest for at least 10 minutes to absorb the flavors.
Step 3: Cook The Pork Chops
Place the pork chops inside the smoker directly on the grates and then close the smoker’s door. Let the pork chops smoke for around an hour to an hour and a half.
Insert a meat probe into the thickest part of the pork chops at the halfway point.
Make sure that the pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
After the pork chops reached the required internal temperature, remove them from the smoker, cover them with aluminum foil, and then let them rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.
Brined Pork Chops Recipe on Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Step 1: Prepare The Pork Chops
Once you get all your tools and utensils ready, get your pork chops and prepare them first.
Defrost them if you bought frozen pork chops by leaving them in the refrigerator overnight.
You can also run them under cold water to make the process faster.
From there, you can now trim the fat cap or just leave it with that and start the seasoning process of the pork chops.
See, trimming the fat cap will risk drying out the pork chops at this point of the process.
So if you decide to do so, do not remove the whole fat cap and leave about 1/4 inches of it.
Step 2: Season The Pork Chops
Get a large bowl and then combine the water, sugar, salt, peppercorns, bay leaf, and garlic.
Mix well with a spoon or whisk and make sure that the sugar and salt dissolve into the water.
Place the pork chops in the bowl and make sure that they submerge well in the brine.
Push down on the pork chops to get all the flavors in the brine into the meat and thicker parts.
You can also use a large resealable plastic bag to place the pork chops in.
Pour the brine in the bag and then massage the brine into the pork chops before putting it in the fridge for 8 hours.
Tip: You can leave the pork chops in the brine for up to 12 hours or overnight but do not go over 24 hours, or else the pork chops would have a different texture.
Step 3: Remove The Brine
After letting the pork chops sit in the brine overnight, remove them from the brine once you are ready to cook.
Rinse them with cold water and then pat them dry with paper towels.
Get one rack from the electric smoker and then place the pork chops on it.
Cover them to make sure insects do not get to it and leave them to come to room temperature, and discard the brine.
Step 4: Preheat The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Start the preheating process of the electric smoker by filling up the side tray with wood chips.
For this recipe, I recommend using apple or cherry wood chips to get a sweetened flavor.
There are also other options, such as hickory, so you can experiment with them and see which one is your favorite.
Fill up the water tray of the smoker with half water and half apple juice.
Set the temperature of the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit and leave the top vent open. Close the lid for up to 15 to make sure that the heat inside distributes evenly.
Step 5: Cook The Pork Chops
Place the rack of pork chops in the smoker and let them cook for 90 minutes. Allow them to cook undisturbed and adjust the wood chips or the water tray if only necessary.
Place a meat probe in the thickest part of the pork chops at the 1-hour mark and ensure the temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
If not, cook the pork chops for another 30 minutes.
Once the pork chops reach the internal temperature required of them to reach, you can then remove them from the smoker and let them rest for at least 10 minutes on a cutting board.
How Long Should You Brine Pork Chops For?
Brining pork chops not only causes them to absorb more flavor but also tenderize in the process. While it is helpful, it is important not to overdo it, or else the meat will be too soft.
If you brine pork chops, make sure that you leave them submerged in the brine for at least 6 hours.
You can also go overnight to get the best results and to let the flavors into the meat.
However, make sure that you do not go over 24 hours of bringing the meat, or else it will not be as good as you would like it to be. This makes the pork chops soggy and easily tear apart.
Smoked Stuffed Pork Chops In Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Step 1: Prepare The Rice And The Electric Smoker
Preheat the Masterbuilt electric smoker by setting the temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Close the door but leave the vent open to let the wood chips light up as the smoker preheats.
While waiting for the smoker to reach the set temperature, cook one cup of rice. Follow the instructions on the rice packaging and then wait for it to finish cooking.
Step 2: Cook The Stuffing
Cook the pork sausages in a skillet over medium heat until they are brown.
Discard the oil and then let them rest before cutting a horizontal line on the pork chops almost to the bone.
Combine the sausages, cooked rice, Cajun seasoning, and black pepper in a bowl, and then stuff it inside the pockets of the pork chops with a spoon.
Step 3: Smoke The Pork Chops
Place the pork chops directly on the grates of the smoker and let them cook for an hour to 1 and 1/4 hours. Make sure that the internal temperature reaches at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
How Long Does It Take To Smoke Pork Chops In A Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Pork chops can dry out easily when you cook them for too long. For a standard pork chop that is around 1 to 1 and a half inches thick, you will need to perfect the timing when you smoke it.
Using the advanced Maasterbuilt electric smoker, you will only need an hour to 90 minutes of smoking time to allow the juices to go into the meat and make the meat more tender.
What Temperature Is Pork Chops Done At?
Some people would argue with this as to what doneness the pork chops best cook at.
You will need to cook the pork chops with an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium-rare doneness.
How Do You Cook Pork Chops Without Drying Them Out?
There are many tricks that you can do to prevent the pork chops from drying out.
The easiest is perhaps choosing to buy bone-in pork chops or using chicken stalk while cooking.
You can also wrap the pork chops in aluminum foil while they cook.
That way, even if the moisture escapes the meat, it is blocked in by the foil and brings it back to the pork chops.
How Do You Reheat A Fully Cooked Smoked Pork Chop?
There are three most common ways to reheat your amazing smoked pork chops.
You can throw them on the grill and give them a nice sear until they cook well.
You can also reheat them in your oven by placing them on a baking sheet first.
There is also the third way to simmer them in wine or apple juice and make your sauce juices.
There are many ways to make or cook pork chops, but since you have a reliable smoker like the Masterbuilt electric smoker, you can smoke the pork chops for a juicy and tender finish.
This meal goes well with many side dishes to add your favorite salads, sauces, and more with this recipe. Just make sure to follow the guide above to get the best results!
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