Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Soy and Honey Pork Chops

Good afternoon bloggers! Today, we are going to be making a delicious twist on normal pork chops. Most people, like myself, only eat pork chops with apple sauce or even an A1 dipping sauce. We will be completely omitting the dipping sauce in return for full out flavor! Did you know that the pork chop is cut perpendicularly to the spine of the pig and usually contains a rib or part of a vertebra? Also, did you know that pork is not graded by the USDA as beef? Pork grades are based on size and the gender of the animal. Now that you have had a little bit of schooling on pork, let's get cooking!

Soy and Honey Pork Chops

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 4 center-cut boneless pork chops
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, or as needed
  • salt to taste
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced

Let's grab those utensils and get to the grill!

  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate. 
  2. Mix the honey, soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes, and black pepper in a bowl. 
  3. Pour about 2 tablespoons of the honey-soy mixture into a small bowl and save for later. 
  4. Brush the chops with canola oil on both sides, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. 
  5. Grill the chops on the hottest part of the grill until lightly charred and crusty, 4 to 5 minutes per side. 
  6. Move the chops to a cooler area of the grill, and continue to cook, brushing both sides generously with the honey-soy glaze, until chops are no longer pink inside, about 3 to 4 more minutes. 
  7. The juices should run clear, and an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of a chop should read at least 160 degrees. 
  8. While the chops are grilling, brush the slices of onion with oil, and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. 
  9. Grill the onion slices until they are translucent and browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. 
  10. To serve, place the chops and onions on warmed plates, and brush the chops with the reserved honey-soy glaze.
  11. Enjoy!

I hope you all have a fantastic day. Take it easy while the kids are at school. I will catch you all on the flip side. Happy blogging to all! <3