I (Bird) adapted this recipe from a wonderful little mom/pop truck stop off I-85 in cowpens, SC called Mr. Waffle. This recipe makes very tender chops that are full of flavor. We prefer thin cut breakfast chops, but this recipe is also good using a family pack of assorted chops. A great way to ensure tender and moist chops is to soak them in a brine of 1 cup milk to 1/2 Tbs salt for at least 1 hour before using in a recipe.
- Heat oven to 250F (low). Mix spices together and rub generously onto both sides of chops. Set aside.
- Heat oil and bacon grease in a large skillet. Dredge chops in flour (using a plastic grocery bag makes it super easy) and sear chops (in batches) over medium high heat just to brown the outside. Add extra oil if necessary.
- Place the chops into a 9x13 pan directly from the pan so the excess grease also goes into the baking dish.
- When all the chops are seared and in the baking dish, cover very tightly with foil. Bake for about 2 hours for perfect tenderness.