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
- 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.
- Completely cool the mixture.
- Save some for marinating the chops and some for basting while on the grill.
- 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.)
- 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.
- Take the chops from the marinade and place on the grill. Toss the marinade the chops were in.
- Baste throughout the whole cooking time on the grill.
- Grill the first side for 4 - 5 minutes until the chop allows you to turn it over.
- 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.
- Allow the chops to rest for 5 minutes. They will continue to cook.
- 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.