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Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops are coated in a delicious chili garlic rub and then slow-smoked on the Traeger wood-pellet grill.

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

These Traeger Pork Chops are amazing! This meal is perfect for anything from a Saturday lunch or BBQ to Sunday family dinner. Just let the Traeger do its thing. This meat is seasoned with a Chipotle Garlic blend by Spiceology.

Slow smoked boneless pork chops are put on the Traeger to be smoked at 180° for about 45 minutes. Next, you turn up the grill to high and let it cook for 15-20 minutes.

Make sure they reach 150° internal temperature before you pull them off the grill. 

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Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Can pork chops be pink?

Yup! It can be slightly pink in the middle and still be safe to eat.

A few years ago the USDA said that it is alright to have a little pink in the middle. I absolutely love a juicy boneless pork chop, so the end to the dry pork chop was something I really could get on board with.

Some people just aren’t a fan of pork chops because their only experience with them has been overcooked, dry pucks of well-done chops. Perhaps a bad experience in a battle between your teeth and the tough, dry, meat.

Let this slow-cooked pork chop be the pork chop to change your mind. I have heard even the pickiest of eaters give praise to this simple old fashion technique.

In the past, if your chops seemed too dry it is because they are a lean cut. They tend to cook pretty quickly and are prone to overcooking. The instructions to cook these low and slow is the key.

Cooking these on the Traeger really brings out an amazing BBQ flavor that you just can’t get without a live wood fire.

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I love subscription boxes and I love barbecue, so opting into bbq boxes was kind of a no-brainer.

They both send you a rub, a sauce, some wood chips, and sometimes there are snaky things like beef sticks or jerky in the BBQ BOX.

I’m someone who collects rubs, and you can never have enough BBQ sauce and marinades. We’ve found some of our favorites through Grill Master’s Club!

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Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Do I need to tenderize pork chops?

You do not need to, but you can. If you want them to be extra tender, try marinading them. Placing the pork chops in a zip-lock bag with something as easy as some olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and Worcestershire sauce would do the trick.

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

What size pork chops should I buy?

You can buy whatever thickness of pork chop that you prefer, but the thicker the chop the longer it’ll need to get up to temp. I prefer 1 inch thick pork chops for smoking, but have also had some amazing thick-cut bone-in pork chops that were totally incredible. 

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

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What is the best seasoning for pork chops?

For this particular recipe, I used Spiceology’s Chipotle Garlic Blend. It is INCREDIBLE, and I’d highly recommend ordering the big size cause you are going to want this on everything. You can find a link to that down in the recipe card in my Recommended Products section.

My OWYD Everything Rub would also be great on these!

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If you don’t have Spiceology rub and want to make this now, you can use your favorite rub or mix up some of my homemade all-purpose bbq rub and it will be delicious.

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

What should I serve with easy smoked pork chops?

The sides are just as important as the main entree so I recommend picking some other homestyle type sides off my website like the Pickled Asparagus and Apple Crisp.

The Pickled Asparagus Recipe is one of the many things that would go great with these pork chops. Nothing makes a great homestyle dinner like your own canned pickled asparagus. If you haven’t checked it out yet then when you decide to make these chops you won’t be sorry you used up the excess of your asparagus crops to plan for this. 

Pickled Asparagus

Traeger Apple Crisp is also to die for. Nothing shouts homestyle like apple crisp. Ever since I was young my mom has been making it, and everybody has been trying to eat the whole pan. It’s simple and can be a lot of fun for the little ones to help with. 

Traeger Apple Crisp

So no matter what the occasion you want to make these for, they will taste delicious and are super easy to make! 

If you want something carby, definitely check out my Mushroom Risotto. It is easy, and DELICIOUS with pork chops!

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops
Yield: 6 servings

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

Traeger Smoked Pork Chops

These delicious smoked pork chops are heavily seasoned with a Chili Garlic blend, and then slow smoked on a wood-pellet grill. So tender.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Smoke Time 45 minutes
Grill Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 6 center cut bonesless pork chops
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chili garlic seasoning


  1. Preheat your pellet grill according to factory instructions to 175-180 degrees, or "smoke" mode if you have that.
  2. Brush the chops with oil and sprinkle liberally with the seasoning.
  3. Place on the grill grates and close the lid and smoke the chops for 45 minutes.
  4. Remove the chops from the grill, crank the heat up to high, and let preheat for 20 minutes.
  5. Place the chops on the grill again and cook for 15-20 minutes, flipping once in the middle, and removing once the chops reach 145-150°.
  6. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 105Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 109mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 7g

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Tony Jae

Wednesday 24th of February 2021

I am left with leftover chops and I don't want them to lose their tenderness or juiciness. How should I store them? Sliced or leave whole?

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 25th of February 2021

I'd leave them whole, myself, and make some stir fry or pork fried rice out of them!


Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Bought a pork loin and cut it up into 1.5" pieces. Marinated in your mixture for 2 hrs. Seasoned with "Weber Garlic and Herb". Smoked on low for 1 hr, then finished browning at 350-400º. Put them between buns with optional mustard, sliced onions and/or mayonnaise. Full of flavor, tender and juicy! Ended up with 12 servings.

Nicole Johnson

Tuesday 30th of June 2020

Sounds amazing, Jeff! Thanks for the review!

Glen C

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Narrative writes to smoke for 90 minutes and cook on 325.

Recipe writes smoke for 45 minutes and cook on high (450°F).

Seriously, two different recipes.

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 13th of May 2020

Hey Glen! You are right, and you have my apologies. I've tweaked this recipe over the years, but while I updated the actual recipe card I forgot to update the post narrative. I fixed this, so it won't be confusing for anyone in the future. Sorry about that!


Sunday 5th of April 2020

Sounds delicious! Can you recommend a meat thermometer? I'd prefer one that is inserted into the meat (while cooking) with a gage that can be read outside my smoker, so I don't have to keep checking the meat temperature while it's cooking/smoking. Thank you!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 5th of April 2020

Yes! I sure can. I LOVE the Smoke wireless thermometer by ThermoWorks. Here's a link! You can also see all the tools I use on my Resources page.

Jeffrey Thomas

Thursday 1st of August 2019

Has anyone been able to find out which is the best product among those listed here?

Sam Turley

Saturday 15th of February 2020

@Nicole Johnson, Traeger Gen2 are out now. Whole new level of Traegering and Smokenomics!!!

Nicole Johnson

Thursday 1st of August 2019

I haven't, but I'll make sure and check it out. Thanks!

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