The Big Ole NJ Pork Chop Thread

Are all NJ pork chops Italian style?



Definitely not! I loooove the fried pork chop w salt n pepper from Sichuan Cottage.


Yes, and while I enjoy it, I am never comfortable at Anjelica’s and that ruins the experience for me. It’s good though.

(You should have merged the pork chop comments from the big ole steak thread over here too!!)

I’m +1 on Semolina being the best, they really put the pork chop on my radar as a must try dish. My 2nd place is tied between Blu Grotto and La Grilia, both of which make it murphy style with the peppers onions and potatoes. A close runner up is Olive and Ivy, they use a rib chop, which is similar to a T-bone / porterhouse steak, where you have the T bone with two different meats on each side. Very good as well. (FYI I"m pretty sure the bone of the rib chop is the same bone for baby back ribs)


I just had the “prime” pork chop from The Pour House last night. The chop itself was very good but they blackened it which I really didn’t care for.



In the Wall Shoprite on RT. 34 in the butcher case they also have a Kansas City porkchop which I found to be better then the Berkshire chop. Simply grilled with a rub of olive oil, garlic salt and black pepper.


Yes they have these at the one in Shrewsbury too. I will have to try those.

Bob, just out of curiosity, they actually called the one in special “prime” or did they say Berkshire at pour house?

Si senor! (I had a copy of the specials saved in my messages)

(Might I add, their creamed spinach was close to being perfect with the exception of a little too salty)


I don’t have much history with or knowledge about pork chops. What’s the difference between Berkshire, Kansas City, Prime and plain old pork chops? I typically buy thin, bone-in chops as I usually prepare them marinated Vietnam Bistro style and then grill them.


Then these large fat pork chops would probably be of very little interest to you. Similar to beef steaks, the cuts depend on where they are located with the loin being the most desirable. The Birkshire chop is a marketing name for chops (similar to CAB in red meat) from pigs raised with less hormones etc. and suppose to provide a better porky taste than standard.

Bottom line given the price of pork vs. beef many restaurants are placing big fat pork chops (ala Semolina) on their menu’s because (big fat) meat eaters like me will enjoy them as much as a steak. However the profit on a big fat pork chop is 4x’s that of an equivalent steak, so that’s the true bottom line to it all.

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OK, as a longtime mostly lurker on this thread, the recent activity makes me think we need a dedicated thread for Pork Chops!


Here’s all you need to know…



Call me when we get the mutton chop thread going please


Thanks for the info.

I buy those because they’re cheap and tend to be gnarly - which we like. I’ve seen much thicker chops nearby but also the “fancy” ones in the fancy/specialty meat section and didn’t really know the differences. I’ve had Berkshire pork chops at restaurants but have yet to make them at home. It’s something on my list to try.

It’s honestly on my to-do list as well. Pork chops for me where always “shake and bake” with the Peter Brady side. That’s how my mother used to make them and that’s all pork chops ever really were to me growing up. However with their prominence on so many menu’s lately, I’ve found a renewed affection for them and want to do the exact same thing as you. The problem for me is my schedule is so day to day (night to night) it’s hard for me to meal plan, I want to brine those suckers for a day or two before I cook them and that’s been a bit challenging.

Good luck!! I’ll show you mine if you show me yours when we make them!!

We’ve had good luck with brining them and pan frying and making a gravy from the fat. Comes out very nice. Just have to watch the salt

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I’m pretty sure my mother never made a pork chop in her life - though she did make a mean chopped liver.

Yeah - pork chops are everywhere. I’m always out to try new things. I’m not all that good about planning in advance and when I do more times than not something gets in the way. I’m gonna have to figure this one out. I can’t promise I’ll show you my first attempt…


I’m pretty sure only beef is graded (choice, prime, etc)…not pork…

You are correct, the USDA does not have any official pork grades. However as PP (pork popularity) has increased over the years, they have started issuing non-official grades to meat. As noted somewhere Shoprite sells a grade of pork in their butchers counter that they list as “prime”.

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