Wednesday, June 14, 2017

What's For Dinner: Maple-Glazed Pork Chops

These Maple-Glazed Pork Chops are perfect for grilling out.


Maple-Glazed Pork Chops || A Less Processed Life

The return of summer also means a return to grilling. Of course, you can totally grill out any time of the year, but here in Northern Wisconsin it's not quite that fun to grill out when the temperature outside is subzero and there is a foot of snow on the ground. (Well, at least I am admittedly not hardy enough to withstand such temperatures; tailgating Green Bay Packers fans do so on a regular basis.)

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops || A Less Processed Life

Pork chops are a great option for grilling out. The key to delicious pork chops is a good marinade. And don't shortchange the marination period. I suggest marinating the meat for at least an hour, and up to overnight. If you like, prep extra marinade for brushing the meat while grilling; for food safety reasons, do not re-use the liquid the meat was marinating in.

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops || A Less Processed Life

These pork chops get a tasty sweet and savory flavor from a maple syrup-balsamic vinegar marinade. The marinade is super-simple, and as such, is open to as much embellishment as you'd like to add: fresh herbs or garlic would be a perfect place to start.

Maple-Glazed Pork Chops (printer-friendly version)
makes 4 servings

6 tablespoons maple syrup
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 bone-in pork chops (about 3/4-inch thick)

1. In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper.
2. Pour the marinade into a gallon-size plastic zippered bag. Add the pork chops, seal the bag closed, and gently turn to coat. Place the bag in the fridge and let the pork chops marinate for at least one hour, up to overnight.
3. Remove the pork chops from the bag and discard the marinade. Cook the pork chops on an oiled grill over medium heat for 13-17 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove the chops from the grill when they reach 145 degrees. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.

(adapted from this Taste of Home recipe)

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