Bone-In Pork Chop Sandwich Recipe

Bone-In Pork Chop Sandwich
This iconic Chicago sandwich features a pork chop with its bone still firmly attached. Nick Kindelsperger

Chicago has its fair share of iconic dishes, from deep dish pizza to the Chicago-style hot dog, but not all of these unique eats are well known outside of the city limits. Allow me to introduce one of the strangest: the bone-in pork chop sandwich. Yep, you read that right. This sandwich features a pork chop with its bone still firmly attached. Jim's Original is probably the most famous place serving the odd item, though I'm a big fan of Maxwell Street Depot.

Why do so many Chicagoans order these, knowing full well that they could get distracted and chip a tooth? Well, because the pork chops are cooked until they're golden brown and crispy, which is about as good a combination as you can find. To achieve this, all you need to do is dredge the chops lightly in flour, and cook in a healthy amount of oil.

The toppings are simple but essential. Each sandwich needs a smear of mustard and a load of sautéed onions. Don't cook the onions too much; they need to be brown, but still with some texture. Oh, and if you're feeling brave, add some pickled serranos, which we in Chicago call sport peppers (pickled jalapeños also work).

To be perfectly honest, I'm not exactly sure if the bone is absolutely mandatory, so you can go boneless if you absolutely must (just don't tell anyone, okay?).

Recipe Facts

Active: 15 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 4 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 soft hamburger buns

  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced (about 3 cups)

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 thin-cut pork chops, bone-in (or boneless, if you're scared)

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon canola or vegetable oil

  • 4 tablespoons brown mustard

  • 6 to 8 sport peppers (or pickled serranos or jalapeños), stems removed, chopped

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°. Place buns on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large non-stick skillet over medium heat. Add sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned but still with some texture, 8 to 10 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside in a bowl. Do not wipe out skillet.

  2. Season pork chops on both sides with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour and then shake off excess. Add remaining 2 tablespoons butter and tablespoon canola oil to skillet and heat over medium high heat until foaming subsides. Add as many of the pork chops as will fit in one layer. Cook until browned on the bottom, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the chops and brown on the other side, another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and set aside when done. Repeat with any remaining chops.

  3. Place buns in oven to warm through. Take one bun and smear both cut sides with mustard. Top the bottom bun with a pork chop, sautéed onions, and a couple chopped sport peppers. Cap with the top bun, cut-side down. Repeat with remaining buns. Eat immediately, though be careful of the bone!

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
513 Calories
23g Fat
59g Carbs
20g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 29%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 63mg 21%
Sodium 1141mg 50%
Total Carbohydrate 59g 21%
Dietary Fiber 5g 19%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 9mg 44%
Calcium 173mg 13%
Iron 4mg 22%
Potassium 545mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)