Preheat your electric smoker for 40 minutes with the apple wood chips in the smoke box.
Smoked Pork Chops with Apple Onion Compote
Avoid committing a culinary crime: overcooked, dry pork chops. Juicy, moist and tender pork chops are guaranteed to please when cooked low and slow in the gentle heat of a Char-Broil® Digital Electric Smoker. This recipe for these lightly Smoked Pork Chops takes a gourmet spin with the sweet apple-onion compote topping.
While the smoker preheats, season your pork chops with the BBQ rub. Line a rimmed baking sheet with heavy duty aluminum foil. Place a baking rack on the baking sheet and add the chops.
When the smoker has preheated, set the temperature to 225°F. Insert the digital probe into the thickest part of one of the pork chops. Set the internal temperature to 145°F. Place baking sheet with chops in smoker.
Smoke for about 40 minutes or until the targeted internal temperature is reached. Remove chops from the smoker and let them rest for 10 minutes.
While the chops smoke, make the compote. Slice the onion thinly. Add the oil to a skillet over low heat. Then add the onion, cooking until completely soft and pale and golden in color. This should take about 30 minutes. Remove from pan and reserve.
Remove the skin and core from the apples, cutting them into ¼ inch pieces.
Melt the butter in the same pan used for the onions. Add the apples, cinnamon, dry mustard and nutmeg. Sauté until the apples are softened. Add the onions back into the pan with the apples. Mix to combine and season with a little salt to taste.