Deputy Test Kitchen Editor Justin Chapple shows a simple technique that will keep your pork chops from ever curling up again.
My biggest pet peeve with pork chops is that whenever I cook them they curl up, which prevents even browning and even cooking. But I have a solution for you and it's actually a very simple technique. [MUSIC] So the reason they curl up when they're cooking is because pork chops often have this layer of fat right on the outside. And when that fat gets hot and it starts to render, it pulls taught, and that's what causes the pork chop to curl. What you can do is take a small sharp paring knife, like the one I have here, and you're gonna actually score the fat in half inch increments. You can see that just that little bit of scoring has already allowed the pork chop to relax. I'm gonna go ahead and hit this pork chop with a little salt and pepper. And get it in my pan, cuz I want to show you how this works. [MUSIC] You can see where I scored the fat, it's just kind of separating and it's allowing the chop just to relax in the pan. And look, I've got nice color on both sides. It's gonna be super juicy. Go ahead and take it out of the pan [MUSIC] Get it right on my plate. This pork is really juicy. It's evenly browned on both sides and it's all because of this super simple mad genius step.