Smoked Pork Chop with Shredded Brussle Sprouts2016-11-11
- Servings : 1-2 servings
- Prep Time : 5m
- Cook Time : 30m
Depending on where you live it can be fairly difficult to find someone who sells smoked pork chops so you may need to make it yourself. Look online to find a recipe for your smoker. I happen to have an amazing butcher and specialty store here in Indy called Goose the Market. Besides smoked pork chops they smoke whole chickens, wings, and brats.
Make sure the smoked chops are the kind that are fully cooked. If not you will have to cook it to 145 degrees for USDA safety.Of course regular pork chops taste pretty good in this recipe too just cook them all the way.
The balsamic reduction sauce adds a great sweetness that works well with the sprouts and the smokiness of the chop but sometimes I leave it out if I don’t want to bother with it.
- 1 slice guancallie or bacon about 1 ounce
- ¼ cup baslamic vinager
- 5 fresh brussel sprouts, per person, hard outer leaves removed
- 1 garlic clove, peeled and smashed with the side of a knife
- olive oil
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 or 2 smoked pork chops
- parmesan reggiano
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Prepare the sprouts by cutting of the stem and finely cutting them crosswise into 1/8 inch shreds. In a small mixing bowl toss the shredded sprouts with the garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper until coated well.
In a small sauce pan over medium-high heat add the balsamic vinegar and bring to a boil. Lower temperature to low and simmer until reduced about half way. Take off heat. It will thicken as it cools.
Preheat an iron skillet to medium low. Cut the guancallie into 1/8 inch cubes and once the skillet is warmed up toss the guancallie in until it renders off the fat. About 5 minutes. Remove and drain on paper towels. Keep the fat in the pan.
Put the brussle sprouts in an oven safe pan, uncovered, then in the oven on the center rack for 20-25 minutes stirring halfway through.
When the sprouts are about halfway done turn a burner on medium-high and put the iron skillet with the fat in it back on the burner. Sprinkle a little salt and fresh ground pepper on one side of the pork chop. When the oil gets hot and is beginning to smoke add the pork chop, salt, and pepper side down. Sear for about 5 minutes until it's nicely browned. Pepper and salt the top side then flip it over.
The Brussel sprouts should be done by now so remove them from the oven and put the iron skillet with the chop in on the middle oven rack and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until the center of the pork chop reaches about 110-125 degrees or hot enough to eat. Sprinkle a little grated Parmesan on the sprouts and add the guancallie to it. Heat it back up as needed on the warm burner. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar in a cool design on the plate. Top with the chop and the Brussel sprouts, serve right away.