APPLE SMOKED PORK CHOPS RECIPE
BY: ANDREA ALDEN & ORIGINALLY POSTED ON NAPOLEON.COM
In July of 2015, I shared a recipe for Apple Smoked Pork Chops. It was an easy recipe then, and it still is now. Using your Charcoal Grill to smoke pork chops with fragrant apple wood and finishing them off with a slightly spicy, delicious, butter-maple sauce. Serve with a salad and some smoke-roasted potatoes for a great grilled meal that is on the table in barely more than an hour.
|6||thick cut pork chops|
|¼ cup||Club House La Grille Maple Bacon Seasoning|
|10||medium potatoes, washed and quartered|
|1||small onion, quartered|
|1½ tbsp.||butter, melted|
|salt and pepper to taste|
Napoleon Apple Wood Smoker Chips
|Sweet & Spicy Sauce|
|¼ cup||Sweet Chili BBQ Sauce|
|¼ cup||maple syrup|
|¼ cup||butter, melted|
1. Load the bottom of a charcoal chimney starter with paper, then fill it with charcoal, like Napoleon’s Blackstone. Ignite the paper in the bottom of the starter and allow the charcoal to light – takes about 15 minutes.
2. While waiting for the charcoal to light, generously season the pork on all sides and prepare the potatoes. To prepare the potatoes, toss the quartered potatoes and onion with the butter, seasoning to taste with salt and pepper. Place them into a grill-safe baking dish.
3. By now your charcoal should be lit. Pour the charcoal into the grill, keeping the charcoal in a pile to one side of the BBQ. Open the bottom vents of your charcoal grill to the first setting after fully closed. This keeps the grill in the smoking range of temperature – around 225°F. Carefully place the wood chips into the lit charcoal.
4. Because you are smoking, cooking the pork chops at a lower temperature, you do not need to preheat the charcoal grill at this time. Place the chops on grids that are on the cool side – do not have charcoal under them – of the grill. Place the potatoes over the lit charcoal. Close the lid and allow the pork chops to smoke for 25 minutes.
5. While the chops are smoking, make the sauce by combining the sweet chili sauce, maple syrup, and melted butter.
6. Once the chops are nice and smoky, it’s time to heat things up a little. Open the bottom vents on your charcoal grill another two notches and, using heat-resistant gloves, lower the cooking grids so that they are closer to the charcoal. Allow the charcoal grill to preheat a little, about 5 minutes.
7. Move the potatoes out of the way and sear the pork chops over the direct heat of the charcoal, brushing with the maple syrup mixture until a nice char and grill marks form – about two minutes per side.
8. Rest for at least five minutes before serving the chops drizzled with any remaining sauce and a side of those smoky-roasty potatoes.
You can also make these Apple Smoked Pork Chops on your gas grill by using the Napoleon Smoker Pipe, the integrated smoker tray and burner on the PRO665 and 825’s, or keep that charcoal flavor by using the Napoleon Cast Iron Charcoal Tray.
For added enjoyment, serve this with a green salad filled with apples, pecans, and feta cheese, topped with a maple vinaigrette (which would also complement the pork chops).
Assemble pork chops and ingredients
Smoke using indirect heat
Smoke for 25 minutes
Building loads of flavor
Things are getting delicious now
Brush with sauce while searing
Rest for at least 5 minutes before serving