I'm pretty sure this is my first new grilling recipe for 2011! Even though my grill is on a covered deck where I could use it all year, the weather in Salt Lake has been so cold and rainy this spring that I've been thinking more about soup than grilling. Then a couple of very cute boys stayed at my house a few weeks ago and my nephew Ethan washed off the grill so we could cook hot dogs. Not a very gourmet start to the grilling season, but I made up for it this week with these grilled pork chops with a very interesting Asian-flavored marinade. If you're not a pork eater, I think this would also taste wonderful on beef.
The Black Bean Garlic Sauce that's used in the marinade is something you may have had in Chinese food from a restaurant, and I loved the way it was used in this marinade that I adapted from a recipe found in The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh.
I used thick bone-in pork chops, and if you're making this for the South Beach Diet, remember the guideline about 10% fat or less and trim away the visible fat. In this photo the two chops on the left are before trimming, and the ones on the right have been trimmed.
Mix together black bean garlic sauce, minced garlic, soy sauce, sesame oil, lime juice, ginger puree, and peanut oil to make the marinade.
Put trimmed pork chops into a Ziploc bag (or plastic container with a snap-tight lid), pour the marinade over, and let the chops marinate in the fridge for 4-6 hours or longer.
When you're ready to cook the pork chops, preheat the grill to medium-high heat (you can only hold your hand there for 2-3 seconds at that heat.) If you're using thinner pork chops than I did, make the heat a bit higher.
Cook pork chops about 6-8 minutes on the first side, rotating once if you want to get criss-cross grill marks. Turn and cook about 6-8 minutes more, or until internal temperature is about 140-145 using an instant read-thermometer. (I like my pork cooked medium, which is about 145F.) Serve hot.
(Makes 4 pork chops, recipe adapted from The Bon Appetit Cookbook: Fast Easy Fresh.
4 thick cut pork chops, preferably bone-in
olive oil, for oiling grill grates
3 T Black Bean Garlic Sauce
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 T soy sauce
2 tsp. sesame seed oil
3 T fresh lime juice (I used my fresh-frozen lime juice)
1 T ginger puree
3 T peanut oil
Trim visible fat from pork chops. Combine marinade ingredients. Put pork chops into a Ziploc bag (or a plastic container with a snap-tight lid) and pour marinade over. Let pork marinate in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours (or longer if you're away from home all day.)
When you're ready to cook the pork chops, remove the meat from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Oil the grill grates with a paper towel dipped in olive oil, then preheat gas or charcoal grill to medium-high. (You can only hold your hand there for 2-3 seconds at that heat.) Lay pork chops on the grill at a diagonal to grill grates and cook 3-4 minutes or until grill marks appear, then rotate a quarter-turn and cook 3-4 minutes more to get second set of grill marks.
Turn pork chops over and cook 6-8 minutes more, or until internal temperature is about 145F on an instant-read meat thermometer. (I use my Polder Meat Thermometer with Probe and Timer to get the temperature just right.) If you don't have a meat thermometer, the pork should feel firm but not hard to the touch. You can cut a piece open to check and it should be barely pink inside. (For years I cooked pork to 160F, but now I like it only cooked to medium; if you want it more well done, cook just slightly longer.) Serve hot.
South Beach Suggestions:
When you're trimming the pork chops, remember the guidelines for 10% fat or less if you're making this recipe for the South Beach Diet. As long as that guideline is followed, this recipe would be approved for any phase of the diet.
More Ideas for Pork Cooked on the Grill:
(Recipes from other blogs not always South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Kalyn's Souvlaki from Kalyn's Kitchen
Greek-Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon and Oregano from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Lime and Chipotle Pork Chops from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Pork Kabobs with Spicy Peanut Butter, Sesame, and Soy Sauce Marinade from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Chops from Kalyn's Kitchen
Grilled Pork Chops with Garlic-Lime Sauce from Dine and Dish
Mustard-Garlic Glazed Grilled Pork Chops from Kirsten's Recipes
Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Chutney from Rookie Cookie
Turmeric-Ginger Grilled Pork Chops from Blue Kitchen
Grilled Pork Chops with Chipotle, Mustard, and Swiss Cheese Sauce from Mike's Table
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