The secret to KILLER Grilled Pork Chops any day of the week starts with a simple yet delicious marinade. A mix of soy sauce, apple sauce and honey makes the most delicious, tender and juicy pork chops. The salt in the soy sauce acts as a brine drawing moisture deep into the pork chop. A brine is the single best thing you can do for your pork chop before you cook and eat it. Check out this Maple Syrup Brined Pork Chop recipe and you will be a BELIEVER! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board…but you already know how much I like pork. All opinions are my own.
This is pork chops and apple sauce as you’ve never seen it before. Apples and pork are a well known pairing especially if you were a fan of “The Brady Bunch” …I may be giving my age away but that’s okay. Instead of serving the apples as a side dish the apples go into a marinade to add body and fruity flavor to soy sauce. The combination of soy, apples, honey and ginger gives the grilled pork chops a flavor that my son said reminds him of his favorite Korean Barbecue restaurant. The apple sauce really allows the marinade to stick to the pork chops so the flavors can cling to every part of the chop.
You can make this marinade as spicy as you like by increasing or decreasing the amount of red pepper flakes. Grated fresh ginger and a clove or two of chopped fresh garlic add layers of flavor to this delicious low fat grilled dish.
The most important thing to remember when cooking pork chops (or any meat for that matter) is to check the internal temperature with an instant read thermometer. Cooking pork chops to 145 degrees and letting them rest for 3-5 minutes will insure that your pork chops will be as juicy as a Georgia peach. These would actually be delicious with some peaches!
I serve these pork chops with steamed white rice, shredded carrots, cucumbers and Kimchi Style Sweet Vidalia Onions from THIS recipe
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Apple and Soy Grilled Pork Chops
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1/4 cup apple sauce
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 garlic cloves-smashed
- red pepper flakes -to taste
- 4 center cut pork chops ½ -3/4 inches thick
- Mix soy sauce, apple sauce, honey, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes in a plastic zip top bag
- Add the pork chops and coat them with the marinade
- Refrigerate1 hour up to 24 hours.
- Let the pork chops sit at room temperature for 30 minutes before grilling
- Drain the marinade, oil your grill grates and grill over hot coals until internal temperature of the pork chops reaches 140 degrees, about 4-6 minutes per side.
- Let the meat rest for 3 minutes tented with aluminum foil, the internal temperature should reach 145 degrees while the meat is resting
Grilled Pork Chops