Cooking On A Budget: Grilled Asian Pork Chops

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Grilled Asian Pork Chops


Succulent, juicy and flavorful pork chops done on the grill. I was a skeptic now I am a believer you can grill a good chop without it becoming tough and leathery. The key is a good marinade, a hot grill and saving some of the marinade for continually basting throughout the cooking process. Psst...I am a firm advocate of bone-in chops.
You may want to make the marinade a day ahead as it gets cooked, reduced then needs to cool down before the chops get added.

  • 4 - 1/2 inch thick bone-in pork chops
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (dark)
  • 1/2 cup mirin
  • 2-4 small dried chillies (or more if you like)
  • 1 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 2 tsp. chopped garlic (jar is fine)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  1. In a small sauce pot combine all of the marinade ingredients. Bring the mixture up to a boil over medium heat and let this reduce down by 1/3.
  2. Completely cool the mixture.
  3. Save some for marinating the chops and some for basting while on the grill.
  4. Marinate the chops in a glass dish with the marinade in the refrigerator. Do this for at least 1 1/2 hours, longer if you want. (Put them in the marinade in the morning before work and they will be ready to cook when you get home.)
  5. Get your grill hot. I used charcoal and the coals were gray and red hot. Make sure your grill is cleaned well and even spray the racks with cooking spray or use a cloth kitchen towel to spread on some oil. This will prevent the chops from sticking.
  6. Take the chops from the marinade and place on the grill. Toss the marinade the chops were in.
  7. Baste throughout the whole cooking time on the grill.
  8. Grill the first side for 4 - 5 minutes until the chop allows you to turn it over.
  9. Turn, keep basting and cook for another 3-5 minutes until your chops are done. Internal temperature must be at 140° F. If you are unsure, use a small paring knife and make a small slit in the chop to check for doneness.
  10. Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes. They will continue to cook.
  11. You should have juicy, tender and flavorful chops.

Please note that you can use an indoor grill pan if you don't have access to an outdoor grill. Or use a flat top grill pan (like one you may have for cooking pancakes).

The approximate cost of this dinner is $6.12.
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