How Long To Smoke Pork Chops and Surprise Your Guests Too
Smoking meat can be hard, especially when you aren’t sure how much time you have to spare. Here is when you wonder, how long should I take? Most importantly, you want to make sure your meat is smoky and savory enough for everyone around.
A great smoky meat is pork, and a perfect choice is pork chops. This is when you wonder, how long to smoke pork chops? The answer is easier than you think!
But first… How to Smoke Pork Chops?
There are several ways in which you can smoke your pork chops and end up with an equally satisfying smoky flavor. Here are some ways:
- On a gas grill
- On a pellet grill
- On a smoker
- On an electric smoker
No matter how you choose to smoke your pork chops, the important part is to keep track of time, and to season them well before you start.
So, how long to smoke pork chops?
It depends… But in general, they will take between 40 minutes to an hour and a half. We will tell you exactly how long you need depending on what method you choose.
On a gas grill
Total time: 35-40 minutes.
Get your grill going until it gets warm–to about 275°F. Place a skewer through each of your pork chops, close to the bone, about 1 inch from each end. Then place your pork chop directly on the grill and cover it. Cook them for about 20 to 25 minutes, and then place a thermometer in the center, away from the bone, so that temperature is 110°F.
When they reach the desired temperature, take out the skewers and place your one side of pork chops on the hotter part of the grill for about 4 to 7 minutes until they are browned.
After this, it’s time to brush your pork chops with sauce or more rub, and flip your chops for another 4 to 7 minutes until they reach a 140 to 145°F. If you need an idea on what rub or sauce to use, or you want an exact recipe, check this video out.
Now your ribs are ready and dinner is served!
On a pellet grill
Total time: 40-45 minutes
As with the gas grill, the first step here is to start your grill until it reaches about 450°F, which will take around 10 to 15 minutes. Place your pork chops on the grill grate after temperature is adequate and let them cook for about 30 minutes.
Usually with a pellet grill, you won’t have to flip sides, but you can switch sides at about half way and make sure both sides are smoked enough. This is an easy way to make yummy smoky pork chops. If you want to try something different, watch this on how to make a maple balsamic glaze for even tastier pork chops.
On a smoker
Total time: 1.5 hours to 2 hours
Start by preheating your smoker between 225 and 240°F. When the temperature is reached, and the smoke looks good, place your pork chops on and leave a bit of space in between each one so that the smoke reaches each pork chop.
Usually, the thinner the pork chops, the faster they are done. Thin pork chops will take between 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and half to reach a safe internal temperature of 145°F–remember to use a thermometer and place it far from the bone.
If your pork chops are thicker, they may take up to 2 hours to reach the ideal temperature. But you can reduce your time by getting the best butcher knife then cut your thick pork chops into smaller pieces
After your pork chops are smoky enough, place them on tin foil and cover them up. After a few minutes, you’re all set!
On an electric smoker
Total time: 40 minutes to 1 hour
Using your digital or analog thermostat on your electric smoker, set up the temperature to 225°F. For a better smoky flavor, try adding wood chips as well. When the electric smoker is ready, it’s time to start smoking your pork chops!
Let your pork chops reach an internal temperature of 145°F. When they are cooked enough, set them aside for 3 minutes, and now they are all ready.
Using an electric smoker is probably the easiest way to smoke your pork chops, as most of the job is done by the smoker and you won’t have to worry about the fire and temperature too much. Try this apple bourbon recipe and surprise everyone too!
Ready to smoke your pork chops?
It’s time to shine. Go ahead and try one of these ways of smoking pork chops. Remember that time and patience are everything when smoking. The thicker your pork chops, the more time you need.
In general, we will tell you to save an hour and half at a minimum when using a smoker. If you have an electric smoker or a grill, the time will be closer to 40 minutes.
Let us know what you thought. If you have an idea of another time or how to smoke even more savory pork chops, let us know below!