that's a nice recipe... i tried it before!
Warning: Making pork safe by freezing requires LOWER temperatures according to the National Pork Producers Council:
"Freezing - Experiments have been performed
to determine the effect of cold temperatures
on the survival of T. spiralis in
pork. Predicted times required to kill
trichinae were 8 minutes at -200 C (-40 F),
64 minutes at -150 C (50 F), and 4 days at -
100 C (140 F). Trichinae were killed instantaneously
at -23.30 C (-100 F). The U.S.
Department of Agriculture's Code of
Federal Regulations, requires that pork
intended for use in processed products be
frozen at -17.80 C (00 F) for 106 hours, at -
20.60 C (-50 F) for 82 hours, at -23.30 C (-100
F) for 63 hours, at -26.10 C (-150 F) for 48
hours, at -28.90 C (-200 F) for 35 hours, at -
31.70 C (-250 F) for 22 hours, at -34.50 C (-300
F) for 8 hours, and at -37.20 C (-350 F) for
0.5 hours. These extended times take into
account the amount of time required for
temperature to equalize within the meat
along with a margin of safety."
can you please cut down on the meat dishes and tell me how to cook vegetarian dishes. that would be great. .
I've found most pork chops rather dry-- a result of pork farmers mania for low fat products.
Have you tried brining the chops? I use 1/2 cup of kosher salt and 1/2 cup of sugar, dissolved in a gallon of water. Then I soak the chops for 12 hours, rinse and dry them, then apply the rub. The chops are noticably moister.
Krikey! Here I was thinking the odds of getting trichinosis were insignificant these days, cooking my pork "just right", and relishing every bite!
Perhaps you could include ingredient risk assessments here...
While I was in blogger I stumbled upon your site!
Just what I needed! Thank you so much for this recipe site! It makes cooking seem sooo much easier!
"Is trichinellosis common in the United States?
Infection was once very common and usually caused by ingestion of undercooked pork. However, infection is now relatively rare. During 1997-2001, an average of 12 cases per year were reported. The number of cases has decreased because of legislation prohibiting the feeding of raw-meat garbage to hogs, commercial and home freezing of pork, and the public awareness of the danger of eating raw or undercooked pork products. Cases are less commonly associated with pork products and more often associated with eating raw or undercooked wild game meats."
great site! this will come in handy :)
Cool site, good recepie
wow.. I think it's a great way to encode recipes!
very good rub, however, I did find it a little too salty
Trichinella spiralis dies at 137F degrees. See below:
Cooking pork until it is 160F is unnecessary. Wild game meat is the main source of infection these days, and only a few instances per year. You are more likely to get sick from your meat being than infected (thousands of times more likely).
Juicy, rare(r) pork is not bad for you in these fancy dancy modern times.
Also, check out Alton Browns statements about this on /.
I would not really recommend letting a dry rub sit for 8 hours. Dry rubs contain a significant amount of salt and for that long of a period of time, it will pull out a significant amount of water. This sometimes is a desired effect (as in aging beef) but since pork is so famously dry I'd imagine this isn't what you're going for.
If you're investing 8 hours, I'd go with a brine. You'll infuse quite a bit of moisture into the pork chop. You're rubs kind of more complicated than it needs to be. Chili powder already contains a fair amount of paprika. I'd cut out the paprika and just increase the amount of chili powder.
I'd be very wary of exposing crushed red pepper flakes to that high of a heat too. You're probably going to burn them. This is all being picky though (engineers are supposed to go for perfect though right :-)).
This recipe also works well for any sort of high, dry heat cooking method. You could interchange either broiling or pan-frying here. You could also combind if you're dealing with a thick pork chop. Just sear the outsides in a wicked hot cast iron pan, then pop the pan in the oven at about 350 and cook to temperature.
I find cast-iron searing produces a better crust than grilling. In the 10 minute cooking time, I'd wager grilling won't infuse any real additional flavors either.
Just my thoughts, great site btw :-)
If you're buying quality meat (pork that is) you don't have worry. If you're buying grocery store slag pork then you have more problems than we can deal with. I've got 26 years of eating good food (pork) and have YET to get sick from it. Lighten up people, this isn't 1956.
Dry Pork Chops? Start with a cold pan and bring it up from there. However, most dry pork chops come from having the chop sliced too thin (less expensive for the consumer). You'll need something at least 3/4" or 1" for it to come out nicely.
Or wrap a piece of applewood smoked bacon around the sucker, that'll infuse some nice flavors.
In any case I will usually lay down a piece of bacon on top to give it some pop. Pork always goes good with pork. Or beef.
Yes, brining pork chops RULE. But you'd have to be thinking ahead. And most of us Americans don't. Think ahead.
NO, marinating meat in salt doesn't dry anything out. Sorry. I use Rock Salt from some little place in Italy, cover my chickens for up to 2 to 3 days. NO problem. Check out the Zuni.
Dr. Biggles / MeatHenge
Best tip for juicy pork chops? Buy thick cut pork chops instead of the usual ½" thick ones. 1" thick is a whole lot easier to cook. I cook them at about 450°F and flip them when they look right. Used to need a thermometer, but now I can just tell.
Please excuse the lack of precision: I'm just an industrial engineer.
Enjoyed the site! Not sure how I ended up here...but I learned a little and had a few laughs besides. You guys are great!
Since the ingredients in your rub are already ground, and since the rub is going to sit on the pork chops for 8 hours or more anyway, it seems unnecessary to me to go to the trouble of grinding in a spice grinder. I would think the flavors would be infused nicely into the meat in 8 hours from the spices in their already-ground state straight out of the bottles, with further grinding superfluous.
Any thoughts or experience in this regard? Thanks.
I grind the cumin and red pepper because they come in larger "chunks" than the other spices. I grind them to reduce their particle size so you won't get a bite of solid cumin (which has an impressively strong taste). Using cumin powder will solve this problem, or if you like the pieces of cumin, then you won't need to grind at all.
I've used this one twice, the second time with a couple of variations. I got great results both ways, but this original way was a little better.
The second time I didn't have enough "heads-up" time, so I used some store-bought McCormick Pork Rub I had used before on Memphis-Style ribs. I also used the little trick of putting on a light coating of olive oil before applying the rub. It helps the rub stick to the meat, makes the meat a little less prone to stick to the grill, and helps it brown up nicely.
If you need to save some time, these tricks worked out for me. Otherwise the times and temps presented were dead-on. Good job!
How does one go about getting a 'real' pork chop, as opposed to the sliced pork loin they call 'pork chops' in the butcher section these days. My Dad, in his butchering days, sliced between the ribs - and only 'chopped' the 'T' at the top. Now, it seems, they just set the saw at 3/4" or whatever and cut the rib into fragments.
For really nice juicy chops use at least 11/2 inch thick chops
and brine for at least 12 hours.
1/2 cup salt, 1/2 cup of sugar and some Orange juice in
one gallon of water. Yes, Orange juice at least one Orange.
In this day and time very few folks get sick from pork chops
that are under cooked. Besides, no one lives forever.
Great recipe! I have to admit I was a bit skeptical that all those ingredients for the rub were going to produce a tasty chop (I'm a ME not a chemmie) but once I pulled them off the grill - all my family and I were doing was licking our chops!
2 thumbs up recipe.
I didn't have time to let the spices sit and infuse. I made my rub (cutting down that amount of salt by 25% or more) and put the chops on the grill. This was my very first time cooking pork on a grill. I got caught up doing other things and forgot to check on and turn my meat and time and I burnt one side of some of the chops. Surprisingly, it was still really tasty. My family said I need to grill pork this way more often--they really enjoyed the meal.
My daughter, an Electrical/Computer Engineer and her boyfriend (ME) were over and he grilled out for us. I enjoyed the grilled pork so much, I wanted to make some myself. While Googling, I found this website and laughed out loud. I'll try this recipe and will be back for more of them. Thanks for a good laugh and good food.
That's more or less what I've been trying but I didn't always get the proportions the same so different results. Good to see the proportions written down. I will try again. (My excuse for bad cooking is always "I'm not a cook, I'm an engineer".
I was using these herbs, more or less, mixed with yogurt and left to marinate. Never knew if I was doing right or wrong. Is there any benefit to marinating, say over night?
two edged sword. an acid marinate will affect the protein in pork - essentially causing it to tighten up and resemble 'cooked' before it ever sees a pan - 'more cooking' can produce 'dry hard pork'
dairy - yogurt and buttermilk for example - are relatively mild on the acidity marinate scale.
a lot of how moist the pork will be, after cooking, depends on the state of 'lean' - essentially any really lean meat - poultry to pork - tends to dry out an become hard/tough - overcooking does not help that problem.
in the thread you'll find thoughts about brining pork - the aim is to get some water aka moisture back into the meat before cooking. depending on your source of pork and how fat/lean it is, you might want to experiment with that. the other factor mentioned - 'thickness' - should not be dismissed out of hand. a thin pork chop is much more likely to become hard&dry than a thicker one - basically because it can 'overcook' faster/easier. the 'margin of error' in cooking a 1/2 inch thick chop to tender and juicy vs. dry as cardboard is probably less than 2 minutes. a 1-1/2 inch chop more than double that. "sticking it in the oven and setting the timer" could be a major failure point on thin stuff.