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Easy Smoked Pork Chops (with Brine)

The Best Smoked Pork Chops Recipe – A simple yet flavorful brine is the key to smoking pork chops (bone-in or boneless) to tender perfection, every single time.

close view smoked pork chops on a baking sheet

Easy Smoked Pork Chops

Smoky, juicy, and tender chops are just about the most satisfying main dish there is. A thick cut of pork is super meaty and savory, but with a slightly sweeter taste than beef or other types of meat.

It’s a great protein to infuse with seasonings because it takes on the flavors and aromatic ingredients. We soak our pork chops in a simple apple cider brine for several hours to get the meat perfectly tenderized, then season and cook on a Traeger smoker. In only about 30 minutes they are ready to serve. Delicious smoked pork chops served with your favorite hearty comfort food sides.

Use this easy brine and smoking method to create the most amazing bone-in or boneless pork chops ever!

top view bone-in chop smoked with mashed potatoes on a plate

Ingredients You Need

For the Brine:

  • Waterhot from the tap
  • Saltkosher or sea salt
  • Apple cideror juice

To Make the Smoked Pork Chops:

  • Pork chopsbone in or boneless
  • SpicesLemon pepper, dried thyme, ground sage, garlic powder, onion powder
side view showing pork chop with slice removed

How to Brine Pork Chops

To make the brine, first place the salt and hot tap water in a large zip bag. Shake the bag around to dissolve the salt.

Then add the apple cider and pork chops. Zip the bag closed and place it in a bowl in case of leakage. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and brine for at least two hours, but overnight is better.

bone-in meat in a plastic zipper bag with brine

How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops

When ready to cook, preheat the smoker to 350°F. Use your favorite wood chips or wood pellets… I used a hickory and cherry wood blend. But you can go with mesquite or pecan wood if you like.

Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat them dry. In a small bowl combine the lemon pepper, thyme, sage, garlic powder, and onion powder.

Pro Tip: There’s no need to add salt if the pork chops are brined. If you did not brine them add 1 teaspoon of salt.

raw chops on a baking sheet, glass bowl with spices

Mix the rub seasoning and sprinkle over both sides of the pork chops. Pat lightly to coat.

Get the Complete (Printable) Smoked Pork Chops Recipe Below. Enjoy!

raw pork on a baking sheet, covered in spice blend

Once the smoker reaches 350°F, place the pork chops on the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 15 minutes.

Flip the pork chops over and insert a cooking thermometer probe into the thickest part of the pork chop. Continue to smoke for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the pork chops reach 142-145°F in the middle.

Remove from the smoker and allow the pork chops to rest for five minutes before serving.

smoked pork pieces on a baking sheet

Serving Suggestions

A generous-sized pork chop is practically a meal all on its own! But yes, they are also great as a main with side dishes.

Smoked pork is a classic barbecue food that is delicious to pair with other comfort staples like creamy mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing muffins (with apple and pancetta), and homemade macaroni and cheese.

And who doesn’t love pork chops with cinnamon spiced apples? No one, that’s who.

side view of smoked pork chop on a plate with mashed potatoes

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do you smoke pork chops?

Bone-in or boneless pork chops that are 1-1.5 inches thick will take approximately 20-30 minutes to smoke. Slightly thicker chops will take a few minutes longer.

What temperature should smoked pork chops be on the inside?

The internal temperature of cooked pork should be 142-145°F in the thickest part of the chop. The temperature will continue to rise a few degrees after you take them off the heat.

How long does cooked pork last?

Leftovers will keep well for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

top down bone-in pork chops from smoker on a plate with mashed potatoes

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Easy Smoked Pork Chops

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Brine Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
A simple yet flavorful brine is the key to smoking pork chops (bone-in or boneless) to tender perfection, every time.
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

For the Pork Chop Brine –

For the Smoked Pork Chops –

Instructions

  • For the Brine: Place the salt and hot tap water in a large zip bag. Shake the bag around to dissolve the salt. Then add the apple cider and pork chops. Zip the bag closed and place in a bowl in case of leakage. Place the bowl in the refrigerator and brine the chops for at least two hours, but overnight is better.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the smoker to 350°F. (Use your favorite wood chips or wood pellets… I used a hickory and cherry wood blend.)
  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry. In a small bowl combine the lemon pepper, thyme, sage, garlic powder, and onion powder. (There’s no need to add salt if the pork chops are brined. If you did not brine add 1 teaspoon of salt.) Mix the rub seasoning and sprinkle over both sides of the pork chops.
  • Once the smoker reaches 350°F, place the pork chops on the smoker. Close the lid and smoke for 15 minutes. Flip the pork chops over and insert a cooking thermometer probe into the thickest part of the pork chop. Continue to smoke for another 10 to 15 minutes, until the pork chops reach 142-145°F in the middle.
  • Remove from the smoker and allow the pork chops to rest for five minutes before serving.

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Notes

Leftovers will keep well for up to 3 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pc, Calories: 296kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 37g, Fat: 12g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 114mg, Sodium: 7161mg, Potassium: 716mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 21IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Main, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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  5. this pork recipe is super easy and delicious! thank you so much for sharing this recipe 

  6. I made these for dinner last night and everyone loved them! So tasty + easy!

  7. Super easy brine! Love the seasoning mix! So simple and yet so good! The pork chops turned out absolutely perfect. Full of incredible flavor! And so moist!!!

  8. I’m always looking for good pork chop recipes, have tried so many, some work and some I’ve not been happy with, regardless have never tried smoking them, a nice change for me, thank you!

  9. These have great flavor and are always a hit with the family. Works with so many sides too!