4. Brush with butter
Okay, this step isn’t mandatory. It IS extremely delicious though, and if you know what’s good for you, you’ll be brushing this garlic rosemary butter on anything and everything. This classic restaurant trick—basting with butter while cooking—makes a great dish into an even better one.
4. Use a meat thermometer
I know, I know. This is the extra step that often seems fussy, but trust us, it’s worth it. Using a meat thermometer takes the guess work out of cooking pork chops, and in the words of our girl Martha, that’s “a good thing.” As always, give the meat some time to rest before digging in. (Five to ten minutes should do the trick.)
140°-150° F No pink here! The meat should be completely white all the way through, but you don’t want or need to overcook them. Pork chops at this temperature will still have the potential to be juicy, just be sure to pull them from the oven on the lower end of this spectrum, as the chops will continue to cook even after they’re out of the oven. Anything past 145° F is the danger (AKA dry) zone, so keep a close watch.
Let your pork chops cool down to room temperature before storing in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Your pork chops will stay good for a few days in the fridge. Reheat with a little more butter to help bring back their juiciness!
YIELDS: 4 SERVINGS
PREP TIME: 0 HOURS 10 MINS
TOTAL TIME: 0 HOURS 30 MINS