WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:   Grilled Pork Chops With Lemon (Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post via Getty Images).
The Clever Trick To Prevent Curled Pork Chops
By Linda Larsen
A pork chop is the most popular cut of pork because it's a rich and delicious cut that makes a quick meal. Most chops are sold with a 1/4-in to 1/2-inch layer of creamy white fat on the outside, but that layer can also cause your chops to curl while cooking.
According to America's Test Kitchen, the solution to prevent your pork chops from curling is to score the fat. Scoring means making small, perpendicular cuts through the edge of the fat, about every 1/2-inch to 2 inches, depending on the pork chop size.
When you have smaller pieces of fat instead of one long strip, those pieces won't pull the meat as they melt and fry. This trick works better than removing all the fat or flattening your pork chops, as both of these methods can result in dry, tough meat.