Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Grilled Pork Chop with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Bone-in pork loin chops, first marinated in a brown sugar, vinegar and soy marinade, then grilled and brushed with a pepper jelly glaze to finish. Shown here with my chargrilled corn and grilled veggies.
Bone-in pork loin chops, first marinated in a brown sugar, vinegar and soy marinade, then grilled and brushed with a pepper jelly glaze to finish. Shown here with my chargrilled corn and grilled veggies.

Grilled Pork Chop with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Everybody around the country who gets snow in the winter waits for the summer ritual of opening up their patio grill, but we grill all year round in the Deep South and honestly, summers here are really our least favorite time for grilling. Oh we do it, but it's hotter than hot, and not super pleasant.

Now that I have a nice, shady covered patio with a ceiling fan though, it's made a huge difference, and I have sure been working my grills around here! I think I've grilled more this last year than I did in years at my old house. Grilling is fast, easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen - which is a bonus in this summer heat. I've even baked on my Traeger pellet grill {affil link} instead of using my oven! But... for me, there is one issue.

Grilling can also be a little boring after some time, at least for me. Throw a piece of meat on the grill with little else and The Cajun is perfectly happy, and while I love the taste of smoke cooked or grill seared meats, my palate is just a tad bit more adventurous. But, I have a little secret!

One of my secrets to making grilled meats more fabulous is pepper jelly. It makes a terrific finishing glaze that adds a bump of heat and boost of flavor that can really transform any pan seared, baked or grilled meats. Typically pepper jelly is made with a simple mixture of jalapeno and sweet peppers and it's sure good. We love it down here simply spooned over a block of softened cream cheese and served up with crackers, and you'll find that at just about any kind of gathering here in the south. There's just something about that savory and sweet with a hit of heat that is so delicious.

I had the opportunity recently to try some rather different varieties of pepper jelly from a company called Mrs. G's {affil link}. I'll have more to share about that in my next post, but let me just say, with blends like Jalapeno Garlic Lime, Mango Ginger Habanero, Peach Habanero and Ja-Ha, this ain't your mama's pepper jelly y'all!

While you could get away with boneless chops for this, I really want you to try the recipe with bone-in and make them at least 1/2-inch or thicker. We're doing a marinade here that's a little bit of a brine too, which means that so long as you don't cook your chops to death, they will be flavorful and tender, and not dry.

Again, I'm gonna preach the use of an instant read thermometer {affil link} to help with that too. They don't cost that much, but meat sure does these days, and a thermometer will save you from ruining that dinner you've worked so hard on. I don't cook any meat without one now, especially pork and chicken breast, because they are so lean. Just get one and use it!

All that makes for a moist, tender and delicious chop, but, the glaze is fabulous! I mix it up with a little hot sauce and Italian dressing, in the way of my Bottom of Jar Gooey Baked Chicken. You can use your own version of homemade dressing or a bottle dressing - whatever you usually use and keep around. It's a great finish,

I can't wait to tell you more about these amazing, artisan, hot pepper jelly products from Mrs. G's {affil link}, but for now, here's how I make these delicious, grilled pork chops!

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