We enjoyed this late lunch on a particularly lazy Sunday and enjoyed every smokey bite.
Applewood Smoked Pork Chops
pork chops (Richardson Farms at Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesdays or the freezer section at Wheatsville)
applewood chips (we were lucky enough to find ours two weeks ago at the Bat Creek Farm stall at the Saturday Austin Farmers' Market)
Fill smoke box with applewood chips, season pork chops with salt and pepper, smoke at 225 degrees until the internal temperature is around 150 degrees (2-4 hours depending on the thickness of the pork chops). If you don't have a smoke box, you can use your grill. Fill a small cast iron skillet with applewood chips that have been soaked in water. Turn on the grill and only leave one burner on. Set the cast iron skillet with the applewood chips over the burner and put the pork chops on the grill away from the flame so that the smoke does the work!
Serve with sliced tomatoes (Milagro Farm) and applesauce, (homemade if you're lucky enough to know someone with an apple tree (my sister) or a great applesauce recipe!).
green beans (Johnson's Backyard Garden CSA membership or Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesdays and Saturdays)
one slice Czech bacon, cut into small pieces (Kocurek Family Charcuterie at Austin Farmers' Market on Wednesdays)
2 cloves garlic
2-3 Tbsp olive oil (Texas Olive Ranch at Austin Farmers' Market on Saturdays)
1/2 cup water
1. Snap the stems off the green beans and rinse.
2. Heat garlic, olive and bacon in pan over medium heat.
3. When bacon is cooked through, add the green beans and 1/2 cup of water.
4. Cover and let steam for 10 minutes.