Last we had smoked pork chops for dinner. Now, I am not a fan of pork chops–or pork, for that matter, in any form other than pepperoni or Italian sausage. However, my husband works as the merchandising supervisor in the meat department at one of the local stores and had noticed that there were some smoked pork chops that weren’t selling. He convinced me to get them, despite my aversion to almost all things pork, by saying that he wanted to find out WHY they weren’t selling. I now know why they weren’t selling. There’s salty and then there’s “SALTY,” and while I do realize that anything smoked will be salty, these pork chops fell into the “SALTY” category.
Of course, no one else in my family found anything wrong with them. My son, in fact, liked them so well that, after I had forgotten my number one food parenting rule (to not make a fuss over foods I dislike) and made several disparaging comments, he informed me very enthusiastically that “These aren’t salty chops! They’re meat! I love my meat!” I guess he told me.
On a positive note, the salt covered up most of the taste of the pork, and the Secret Sauce my husband made for me to dip the pork in covered up the rest of it. It’s not my ideal situation, but when all else fails, covering up the taste is always a good strategy to fall back on. Of course, mountains of salt and rivers of condiments are not the healthiest ways to get your protein. The rest of the meal (Brussels sprouts and oven baked french fries) was delicious. I suppose it’s back to the drawing board for my pork-loving husband. He may have the rest of the family’s vote, but he’s yet to convince me that pork is worth having in our household flavor-wise.
To my readers: What are your favorite ways to serve pork?