These smoked pork chops are the perfect weeknight meal that doesn’t require a lot of prep time or fuss. They’re smoky, juicy, and incredibly tender. All you need is smoke and some good sweet rub to experience the best smoked chops of your life!

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The Best Smoked Pork Chops

These pork chops are incredible. In fact, I’ll go as far as saying they are the BEST smoked pork chops ever. They’re easy to make and only require a few ingredients. In my opinion, a simple pork chop doesn’t need a lot of fluff. They only need some good rub and smoke. Pork is delicious, and when smoking chops, you want to be able to taste the pork and smoke together. Generously rub on some seasoning, and you’ve got a simple, yet amazingly flavorful chop.

I recommend apple wood pellets for these chops, because apple and pork are a match made in BBQ heaven. (Other good options include any fruit wood, maple, or pecan). Add in my Hey Grill Hey Signature Sweet Rub, and these chops turn out sweet, spicy, smoky, and savory. Plus, smoking a good thick chop ensures they turn out juicy and incredibly tender. The texture is almost buttery, and they basically melt in your mouth. Don’t have a bottle of Sweet Rub on hand? Make it yourself with my recipe for Best Sweet Rub for Pork and Chicken.

These chops are perfect as-is. They don’t need any fancy sauces or dips. But if you’re like me and grew up eating pork with apples, then having a side of chunky, homemade applesauce will really balance out this chop. If you want to get a little saucy, my Apple Jalapeno BBQ Sauce is crazy good as well.

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2 bone in pork chops and 2 boneless pork chops on a wooden cutting board.

Bone-In vs. Boneless Pork Chops

Pork chops are a lean cut of pork that comes from the loin, the portion of the pig that runs from the shoulder to the hip. Both bone-in and boneless pork chops come from this same muscle; the only difference being whether the bone has been removed or not. There are slight differences in flavor, with many believing bone-in tastes fuller and sweeter due to the addition of the bone and extra fat in the cut.

Bone-in pork chops come available as blade chops, rib chops, sirloin chops, and center cut loin chops. For smoking, I recommend using rib chops or loin chops. Rib chops are the “traditional” chop sold at the grocer, but my absolute favorite for smoking is the center cut chop. Both will smoke well and have plenty of flavor.

One question I get asked often is whether you should by bone-in or boneless pork chops to grill or smoke. Honestly, there is no right or wrong answer to this question, and this often comes down to personal preference.

For smoking, you can use either bone-in or boneless because smoking chops uses a low and slow method. I always recommend trying both at some point to help you decide what is your favorite. Cooking BBQ should be a fun experiment with flavor and personal preference, so make both and see what your tastes buds like best. Occasionally bone-in can cost less, but boneless chops are readily available at your local store. Also note that if you don’t have a preference between bone-in vs. boneless pork chops, you’ll end up with a bone you’re not going to eat.

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pork chop with seasoning on the grates of a smoker.

How to Cook Smoked Pork Chops

So you’ve picked out your bone-in or boneless pork chops. You’ve got your smoker prepped and ready, and you’re ready to cook up some delicious smoked pork chops, eh? Here are the steps you need to take to get them packed with flavor and totally juicy.

  1. Preheat your smoker. Preheat you smoker (I use a

    More Pork Recipes

    Is pork what’s for dinner tonight? If so, I have a handful of pork recipes on my site that are full of great flavor:

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    This recipe was created for you, backyard griller! Here at Hey Grill Hey, we’re in the business of helping you make better BBQ, feed the people you love, and become a backyard BBQ hero. You can find more of my smoking and grilling recipes here on my website (browse the Homepage for inspiration) on Instagram, YouTube or our Facebook Page.

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