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Smoked pork chops over mashed potatoes with green beans on the side.

Smoked Pork Chops

These smoked pork chops are thick, bone-in chops coated in homemade BBQ spice rub and smoked at low temperature until tender and juicy. An easy and unique dinner option that's packed with flavor!
Course Main
Cuisine American
Keyword smoked pork chops
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Brining Time 4 hours
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 286kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 4 thick cut bone in pork chops at least 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 8 cups water divided use
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt do not use table salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons BBQ rub


  • Pour 1 cup of boiling water into a large bowl that will fit all of the pork chops. Make sure the bowl will fit into your refrigerator.
  • Add the salt and sugar to the water and stir until dissolved
  • Add the allspice, fennel seeds, peppercorns, bay leaf, garlic and thyme to the bowl.
  • Add 7 cups of very cold water to the bowl and stir to combine
  • Place the pork chops in the bowl, making sure that they're completely submerged. You can add more water if needed.
  • Cover the bowl and place it in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours, or up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the pork chops from the brine and pat dry with paper towels
  • Preheat an electric smoker to 250 degrees F. Load apple wood chips into the smoker.
  • Preheat a grill, skillet or grill pan to medium high heat
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the pork chops, then rub the BBQ spice onto both sides.
  • Place the pork chops on the grill or grill pan and cook for 2-3 minutes per side or until just slightly charred.
  • Place the pork in the smoker and cook for 45-60 minutes or until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork chop registers 145 degrees F.
  • Let the pork chops rest for at least 5 minutes, then serve.


Calories: 286kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 89mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 545mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 1.3mg