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Easy Family Recipes: Sweet Fire Grilled Pork Chops

Sweet Fire Grilled Pork ChopsDo you grill? If not, it’s time to become mistress of the flame, and make dinnertime more delicious by taking the cooking outside. Personally, I prefer gas over charcoal because I don’t have the time or patience to build a fire and deal with getting the coals just right. I like the convenince of opening the lid, turning on the gas, and pressing a button. It’s that easy. Just let your grill heat for 5-10 minutes on high, then reduce it to whatever works best for your recipe. For this one, you’ll cook on medium-high and use juicy pork porterhouse chops to improve your grilling prowess (bone-in helps them stay moist). Feel free to dial back the heat by cutting the amount of chipotle chili powder to as little as 1/2 teaspoon, or to even use regular chili powder if that’s all you have on hand. They’ll still taste awesome!


Sweet Fire Porterhouse Pork Chops

Servings: 4

  • 4 Porterhouse (bone-in loin) pork chops, about 3/4-inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground chipotle chile powder (can reduce to as little as 1/2 teaspoon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • Grated zest of 1 large orange
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup honey

In a small bowl, stir oil, ground chipotle chile powder, salt, orange zest and garlic together into a paste. Using a rubber spatula, spread chipotle mixture over both sides of pork. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes.

Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill. Place chops on grill and close lid. Grill over direct heat, turning once, about 4-5 minutes per side, until the internal temperature of the pork on a meat thermometer measures between 145∞F (medium rare) and 160∞F (medium). During the last 2 minutes, brush chops on both sides with honey. Remove from grill and let rest for 3 minutes before serving.

Source: National Pork Board


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