Prevent Grilled Pork Chops from Curling

To keep pork chops flat while grilling so that they cook evenly, clip the fat and rind around the edges at 1 to 1 ½ inch intervals.
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Prevent Grilled Pork Chops from Curling

Pork chops, along with pork steaks, ham steaks, and Canadian bacon have a layer of fat or rind around the outer edge that can cause the cut to curl up while cooking. Slicing the edges of fat or rind about every inch before starting to grill or cook by other methods will help the cuts lay flat during the cooking process. This will allow them to brown and cook more evenly.

When preparing grilled pork recipes, thinner cuts of pork should be a minimum of ¾ to 1 inch thick because the high heat will cook the meat quickly. If thinner than this, it is easy to overcook the meat, causing it to dry out. Coating the pork with a little oil or marinating it before cooking will help keep it moist.
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