I love the taste of interesting spice blends that take something as basic as a pork chop and turn it into something truly memorable. The bronzed seasoning is something that can be made as you need it, or you can make up a larger batch and keep it sealed in a Mason jar in your pantry. It’s great for pork, chicken and fish.

INGREDIENTS:

4 center cut pork chops (You can use bone in or boneless, regular cut or thick cut, according to your preference. It will make a difference in how long you’ll need to cook the chops.)
Olive oil

BRONZED SEASONING:

1 teaspoon each: garlic powder, kosher salt and paprika
1/2 teaspoon each: onion powder, ground cumin, chili powder and pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Heat your grill or smoker to 225 degrees using a mild wood or wood pellet such as apple, maple or pecan.

Brush the chops on each side with olive oil and liberally sprinkle with the bronzed seasoning.

Place the chops on the smoker and cook until the internal temperature reads 145 degrees F. This should take approximately 60-90 minutes, depending on the thickness of your pork chops.

Remove the pork chops from the smoker. Place them on a platter and tent with foil. Rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.

Watch these closely so you don’t overcook and dry out the pork. It’s important to have a reliable meat thermometer as part of your kitchen tool kit.

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