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Monday, July 29, 2013

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops

Bacon wrapped chop with broccoli stuffed baked potato.
    One of the favorite cuts of pork at my house is the bacon wrapped prime fillet. It's a boneless chop, cut about 1/2-inch thick and wrapped in bacony goodness. I can catch it on sale every few weeks, which is a good thing. 

   Over the years, I've marinated these in a variety of sauces, gone plain with salt and pepper or have topped them with a variety of spice blends. To date, this is my favorite way to do this tasty pork chop. Yes, you can grill it, smoke it or put it in a casserole with stuffing on top, but a simple dry rub and less than 30 minutes in the oven is never a bad thing.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Chops
2 boneless bacon wrapped prime pork chops
2 tsp. of Smoky Dry Rub (below)
cracked black pepper

Sprinkle rub and pepper on pork chops. Store in plastic container and let set for 30 minutes to 1 day.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray 8x8x2 baking dish. Place chops in pan and cook for about 25 minutes. (Flipping after 15 minutes.) 

Remove and let set for 5-10 minutes while preparing plates and cleaning kitchen. 
Serves 2.

Smoky Dry Rub
2 1/2 T. paprika
2 T. garlic powder
1 T. onion powder
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cayenne
1 T. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. pepper
1 T. kosher salt

(Note-can be used as a dry rub on any meat before grilling or as a spice additive to other dishes.)

Preparation -
Mix in small bowl and pour into container with tight fitting lid. Saves well in dry place.
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