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Cold Smoked Maple-Balsamic Glazed Pork Chops

Cold smoking is a little safer and less smoky for indoor grilling. You can make your own by using disposable aluminum pans or a heavy duty roasting and a baking rack...Or you can purchase an electric (such as Rival KC Electric Smoker) tabletop smoker for home use.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 50 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

1 1/2 cups wood chips (hickory or applewood or mesquite), soaked in cold water for at least 30 minutes

4 (1-inch) bone-in center cut pork chops

1 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup maple syrup

Pinch allspice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Canola oil

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the wood chips from the water and spread evenly in the bottom of a roasting pan. Cover the top tightly with aluminum foil. Put in the oven until the chips get hot and begin to smoke, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove the pan from the oven and remove the foil from the pan. Put a baking rack inside the pan and arrange the chops on top of the rack, leaving a few inches of space between each one. Quickly cover with the foil again and let sit on your kitchen counter for 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. While the pork chops are smoking, put the vinegar in a small pan over high heat and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the maple syrup, allspice, and salt and pepper, to taste. Let cool slightly.
  4. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush the ridges with some of the canola oil. Brush the chops on both sides with some of the glaze and season with salt and pepper. Grill on both sides, brushing with more of the glaze, until golden brown and slightly charred and cooked to medium doneness, about 7 minutes per side. Remove from the grill, loosely tent and let rest for 5 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.

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