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Smoked Pork Chops Recipe: Easy and Delicious Grill Instructions

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Smoked Pork Chops

There’s something deliciously comforting about smoked pork chops, especially when you get them just right. This recipe will help you create tender and juicy smoked pork chops with a mouth-watering sweet rub. Whether you choose bone-in or boneless chops, we’ve got tips to ensure you’re serving up a meal to remember.

If you’ve never tried smoking pork chops before, you’re in for a treat. With just a few simple steps, you can turn your dinner from ordinary to extraordinary. From choosing the right wood, like apple wood, to getting that crispy exterior with a quick sear, this recipe has got you covered.

Smoking pork chops doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, it’s a straightforward process that yields fantastic results. Once you try it, you’ll want to make smoked pork chops a regular feature at your dinner table. Happy smoking!

Exact Ingredients (+ Possible Substitutes)

Primary Ingredients

  1. Smoked Pork Chops: These are pre-smoked and typically need reheating. If unavailable, you can use regular pork chops and smoke them yourself.
  2. Olive Oil: Good for searing the chops. If you don’t have olive oil, substitute with vegetable oil or canola oil.

Spices and Seasonings

  • Salt and Pepper: Basic seasoning. Use sea salt or kosher salt for better flavor.
  • Paprika: Adds a smoky flavor. Smoked paprika can enhance the taste even more.
  • Garlic Powder: Provides a savory note. Fresh minced garlic works too.
  • Onion Powder: Adds a subtle sweetness. You can use finely chopped onions as an alternative.

Additional Ingredients (Optional)

  • Brown Sugar: Gives a touch of sweetness. Honey or maple syrup can be used if you want a different kind of sweetness.
  • Mustard Powder: Enhances the flavor. Dijon mustard can be a decent substitute.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Adds tanginess. Lemon juice works if you don’t have vinegar.

Possible Substitutes

IngredientSubstitute Options
Smoked Pork ChopsRegular pork chops
Olive OilVegetable oil, Canola oil
Smoked PaprikaRegular paprika
Garlic PowderFresh minced garlic
Onion PowderFresh finely chopped onions
Brown SugarHoney, Maple syrup
Mustard PowderDijon mustard
Apple Cider VinegarLemon juice

Feel free to mix and match these ingredients and substitutes to suit your taste and availability. Enjoy your cooking!



  • 4 smoked pork chops
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon BBQ rub
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1. Brine the Pork Chops
Mix the apple juice, apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and kosher salt in a large ziplock bag. Add the pork chops to the brine. Seal the bag and refrigerate for at least one hour, up to two hours.

2. Preheat Your Smoker
Set your smoker to 225°F (107°C). While it’s heating up, remove the pork chops from the brine and pat them dry with paper towels.

3. Season the Chops
In a small bowl, combine the BBQ rub, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, and cayenne pepper. Rub this mixture generously over all sides of the pork chops.

4. Smoke the Pork Chops
Place the pork chops in the smoker. Cook them for about 1.5 hours, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.

5. Finish and Serve
For a crispy exterior, you can sear the chops on a hot grill or pan for a few minutes on each side. Let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving to keep them juicy.

Enjoy your delicious smoked pork chops!

Recipe Variations & Serving Suggestions

Recipe Variations

Try adding different spices to your dry rub. For a sweet and spicy kick, mix in some brown sugar and cayenne pepper.

Marinate the pork chops in apple cider vinegar and honey for a tangy twist. This adds extra moisture and flavor to the meat.

Experiment with different woods for smoking. Hickory gives a bold flavor, while applewood provides a milder, sweeter taste.

Serving Suggestions

Serve your smoked pork chops with classic mashed potatoes. The creamy texture pairs well with the smoky meat.

Baked beans are another great choice. They add a sweet and savory flavor to your meal.

A fresh green salad can provide a light, crunchy contrast.

Combos to Try

Pork Chop FlavorSide Dish Pairing
Sweet & Spicy RubCornbread
Hickory-SmokedGrilled Asparagus


Always let the pork chops rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps the juices redistribute and keeps the meat tender and flavorful.

Benjamin Happy Muncher

Hi, I'm Benjamin. I love cooking, long walks, and my girlfriend! Here you’ll find simple and delicious recipes that you can make in 30 minutes or less.