Smoked Pork Chops with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Total Time:
14 hr 20 min
Prep:
20 min
Inactive:
12 hr
Cook:
2 hr

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

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Ingredients
  • Brine, recipe follows
  • 4 double-cut pork chops, approximately 2 inches thick (about 12 to 14 ounces)
  • Light olive oil, for brushing
  • 8 cups water, for boiling
  • Peach bourbon BBQ sauce, recipe follows
  • Special equipment: stovetop smoker or Weber kettle grill
  • Brine:
  • 8 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cups kosher salt
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
  • 6 cloves fresh garlic, cut in 1/2
  • Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup minced shallots
  • 2 (16-ounce) bags frozen peaches
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup bourbon whiskey
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Directions

Once the brine has cooled completely, add the chops and allow to soak for at least 6 but no more than 12 hours. Remove chops from brine just before smoking.

Smoke pork until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, or about 1 to 2 hours

Keep grill temperature at approximately 200 to 250 degrees F or pork will overcook. Smoke chops until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. After desired internal temperature is reached, brush chops lightly with oil and grill over hot coals for 1 1/2 minutes; rotate 1/4 turn clockwise and grill 1 minute more to create attractive grill marks. Flip chop and repeat grilling method; the prettier side is the top.

Chops should ultimately reach an internal temperature of 150 to 160 degrees F. If necessary, place chops in 375 degree F oven after grilling to finish cooking. For an extra fancy presentation, pull the pork off the bone, slice into 1/4-inch strips and fan out on the plate.

Brush grilled chops with melted butter and let rest 2 minutes before serving. Place each chop on the plate on a serving plate. Serve with peach bourbon bbq sauce.

Serving suggestion: Try adding a starch as an accompaniment: mashed potatoes, stewed white beans, or even steamed brown rice.

Brine:

In a nonreactive, stainless steel 8-quart saucepan, bring all brine ingredients to a boil and stir until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Transfer to a 1-gallon plastic or stainless steel container and refrigerate until completely cooled.

Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sweat for several minutes until soft. Add peaches, bring to simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and chicken stock. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until thick. Add whiskey, return to simmer, cook for 5 more minutes and remove from the heat. Adjust seasoning and sweetness. Puree mixture with immersion blender or food processor until smooth and thick.

Home Cook Recipe: A viewer or guest of the show, who may not be a professional cook, provided this recipe. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested this recipe and therefore cannot make representation as to the results.

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