Pork. The other white meat. Interestingly enough, aside from eating lots of bacon, I don’t actually eat pork that often (hence why this is the first pork dish on the blog). It’s also a meat that is difficult to get just right. Pork chops also don’t really have much of a flavor on their own so you really need to help them out with a good marinade or a sauce. But fear not, I have the perfect marinade for you!
- 4-6 bone in pork chops
- 1/2 cup light brown sugar
- 1/2 cup soy sauce
- 1/2 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup spicy brown mustard
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
Step 1: Make the marinade. Combine all of your wet and dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until everything is mixed evenly.
Step 2: Wait. Let the pork marinate overnight if you can so it can absorb all of that sugary/savory goodness. If you can’t wait that long, a few hours in the fridge should do the trick.
Step 3: In a hot grill pan or open grill, cook the pork chop until it reaches a temperature of 145 degrees in the thickest part.
Step 4: Make the sauce (optional). Save that marinade and reduce it down in a sauce pan to pour over the pork chops when serving.
I don’t eat pork often. But when I do, I use this marinade. The smoked paprika gives the pork chops a really nice reddish hue and the orange juice and spicy mustard elevate the pork to a whole new level. The best part is that you can use this marinade for practically anything be it chicken, salmon, or even steak!
And with that, happy Monday and thanks for reading!