Smoked Pork Chops à la Chef Michael Timmins

Smoked Pork Chops à la Chef Michael Timmins


2 smoked pork chops, Chef recommends Standen Acres pasture-raised pork

T garlic, chopped finely

¼ c dried cranberries

½ lb spinach, Chef recommends Presque Isle Farm

Handful of garlic scapes, roughly chopped, Chef recommends Presque Isle Farm

3 T paper thin sliced red onion

¼ heavy cream

1 T whole grain mustard

2 T chicken stock

6-8 candied walnuts

2 T high heat oil (canola, peanut, vegetable)

Pinch of wasabi microgreens, Chef recommends La Fresh Greens


  1.  Pork chop recipe2Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Start with a hot oven-safe saute pan, with a tablespoon of cooking oil and sear the pork chops 3 minutes on each side.
  3. Add a handful of garlic scapes and the chopped garlic, saute for another minute.
  4. Place the pan into a preheated oven for 8 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, saute a tablespoon of oil, saute the cranberries and onions for 1-2 minutes, add the spinach and saute until wilted.
  6. Deglaze the pan with the chicken stock, add the heavy cream, and whole grain mustard, reduce to half.
  7. Place the sauteed vegetables on the plate in a pleasing configuration, slice the pork chop into small rectangles, and fan the pieces over the vegetables.
  8. Put more of the sauteed vegetables over the top.
  9. Sprinkle the meal with wasabi microgreens and candied walnuts. Voila!

Austin Brothers Beer Company, 821 W. Miller St., Alpena, MI

Chef Timmins is the executive Chef at Austin Brothers Beer Company in Alpena, MI. Learn more about his story here. See what’s on the menu at