Video:How to Cook Pork Chops With a Spice Rubwith Ben Kurtzman
Tired of tasteless pork chops? Learn how to sear and cook pork chops with a flavorful spice rub.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Cook Pork Chops With a Spice RubHi, I am Ben Kurtzman for About.com Food. Today we are going to be making pork chops. But before we get to that, I am going to show you how to make a nice spice rub to accent the flavor of the meat.
Pork Chop Rub IngredientsTo make the rub, we are going to need equal parts cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, black pepper and salt. Today we are going to be making three pork chops, so I am going to take about a tablespoon of each one of our spices and mix them together. Now, you do not have to worry about going over with this recipe, because if you make extra spice rub, they will keep. You can just use it for next time.
Rub in MixtureNow I am just going to spoon some of the rub mixture onto the meat. Massage it into the meat like this. Now use the remainder of the mix to liberally coat the back side of the pork chop and once again, we are going to rub it in, using our fingers.
Now at this point you can put the pork chops into the refrigerator and allow the rub to seep in completely so that the meat absorbs the total flavor. Or, you can just cook them now and they will be very good.
Pan-Sear the Pork ChopsFirst, heat about a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan until it is very, very hot. You want to set it to high heat.
Once the pan is hot we are going to sear the pork chops for about a minute on each side. That will ensure that the outside browns up, but the inside stays juicy.
Allow the Pork Chops to CookAfter the pork chops have seared, cover the pan and turn the heat down to low. These pork chops are a little less than an inch thick, so we are going to cook them for about three and a half minutes a side at the low heat. You will want to adjust your cooking time depending on the thickness of the cut of meat. If it is about an inch thick, try about four minutes each side.
Serve and EnjoyOnce the pork chops have cooked for the appropriate amount of time, take them off the heat, let them sit for a minute or two. And enjoy.
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