Everyone loves eating out, but with grilling season in full swing, there is no better time to recreate a restaurant classic in your own backyard.
“You can ‘wow’ your guests at your next backyard gathering by making one of my favorite restaurant-worthy meals at home, like dry-rubbed Porterhouse pork chops with steakhouse butter,” said Ray “Dr. BBQ” Lampe, chef and author of the recently released cookbook, Pork Chop. “The steakhouse butter is extra savory, and it perfectly complements the juicy, tender chops coated in a tangy, mildly-spiced dry rub.”
Serve these pork chops with traditional restaurant fare—like a baked potato and creamed spinach—and follow Lampe’s tips for pork chop perfection:
Preheat the grill and cooking grate completely before cooking; it will help for even browning and cooking.
Ask your guests if they prefer their pork chops cooked medium or medium-rare.
To get your pork chops to the preferred internal temperature, grill them like a steak - between 145°F (medium-rare) and 160°F (medium), followed by a three-minute rest, and use a meat thermometer to check the temperature.
For smoky flavor, add a handful of soaked wood chips to the fire right before you add the chops. For a gas grill, place soaked wood chips in a single sheet aluminum foil packet with four to six holes on the top. Place packet, holes facing up, directly on the grate, off to one side.
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Dry-Rubbed Porterhouse Pork Chops with Steakhouse Butter
Yield: 6 servings
Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 8 to 10 minutes
6 Porterhouse Pork Chops, about 1-inch thick
1 stick butter at room temperature
1/4 cup shallots, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon white pepper
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Pinch of thyme
2 teaspoons kosher salt
2 teaspoons raw sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon granulated onion
1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
For butter, two hours before grilling, heat medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter and melt. Add shallots, garlic and salt. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until shallots are soft. Transfer to medium bowl and let cool for 15 minutes.
Add remaining butter, parsley, lemon juice, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and thyme. Using fork, mash and mix until fully blended.
Lay out a piece of wax paper (approximately 12-by-12 inches) and form butter into an 8-inch-long log shape in center. Roll butter up in wax paper and twist ends tightly to form an even round log of butter. Place in refrigerator for one hour or until firm. This can be made up to two days ahead of time.
For rub, combine salt, sugar, chili powder, onion, garlic, pepper and coriander in small bowl. Mix well. Sprinkle rub liberally on both sides of pork chops. Let rest for 15 minutes.
Prepare grill to cook directly over medium-high heat. Place pork chops on cooking grate and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown on bottom. Flip chops and cook another 4 to 5 minutes until golden brown on second side and cooked to internal temperature between 145°F (medium rare) and 160°F (medium). Remove from grill and let rest for 3 minutes.
Unwrap butter and cut it into 12 equal-sized medallions. Serve each pork chop with a medallion on top.