Pork Chop Cuts

Don't be confused by Pork Chops. There are several cuts to choose from and the names are not always standardized. Read below about these cuts, their alternative names, and suggestions for the best way to prepare and cook them. With this information, you will be ready to talk to your butcher and know exactly what to buy.

Brining PorkĀ is always a good idea to maximize flavor and moisture. From here, depending on the cut, either a good rub or a marinade might be in order to complete the flavors. Thin pork chops should be grilled hot and fast, while thicker cuts, anything over an inch, should be seared first and finished off over a lower temperature. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F/65 degrees C.

And remember, if you do brine a pork chop do not use rubs, marinades, or sauces with salt.

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    Rib Chop

    Pork Rib Chop
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    Also known as: Bone-In Ribeye Chop, Rib End Cut

    Cut from the lower loin, this is one of the best pork chops money can buy. Trim excess fat and cook hot and fast. This cut can be treated like a good steak and seasoned simply or however you like it.

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    Center-Cut Loin Chop

    Pork Loin Chop
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    Also known as: Porterhouse Chop, Top Loin Chop

    Cut from the center loin this pork chop has both loin and tenderloin sections. Generally a large cut, it is the porterhouse of pork. Great grilled hot and fast, this can be lightly seasoned for a perfect meal.

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    Loin Chop

    Pork Loin Chop
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    Also known as: Pork Loin End Chop

    From the upper loin, this is basically the came as the chop above, but with little to no tenderloin section and like the Porterhouse Chop, this will benefit from a brine and whatever seasonings you prefer. Grill hot and fast.

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    Sirloin Chop

    Pork Sirloin Chop
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    Also known as: Sirloin Steak

    From below the loin section, this cut contains different kinds of meat making is a challenge to grill and keep tender. This pork chop should be marinated for several hours before grilling. This is also a good cut for braising.

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    Boneless Loin Chop

    Boneless Pork Chop
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    Also know as: America's Cut, New York Chop, Pork Loin Filet

    This is the loin section of the loin chop cut away from the bone. This is the perfect chop for stuffing and is the leanest chop. Again, this would benefit from a brine before seasoning and being thrown on a hot grill. With stuffed pork chops it is best to gently sear for 2 to 3 minutes per side before finish off over a low or indirect heat.

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    Shoulder Chop

    Shoulder Chop
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    Also known as: Blade Chop, Pork Shoulder Steak, Pork Steak

    This cut comes from the shoulder. It is a cross section cut of the Boston Butt and has a large bone through the middle. Tough and loaded with connective tissue this chop should be marinated before grilling. It can also be grilled or smoked low and slow to maximize the tenderness.

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