PORK… the other white meat OR PORK: it’s whats for dinner
Pork… One of the things which is always tough when cooking pork is to get it delicious and moist! Pork has a tendency to dry out when not cooked correctly. In order to avoid drying out your pork – it should be marinated (OR cooked low and slow as in a pulled pork). Pork Loins are often sold pre-marinaded which gives them a long time to soak up all of their deliciousness! When you are cooking up Pork Chops you can go the same method and marinade them for a while (instead of just coating them in something like a breading to keep those juices in).
The flavors in this pork were totally awesome – you have the freshness from all of your herbs you have a slight kick from the hot sauce and you have the natural juiciness from the Pork! All in All, a quick/easy/fresh/delicious meal for your family to enjoy – especially in the summer when you can just throw everything onto the grill!
- 4 boneless pork loin chops
- salt and pepper
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon rosemary
- 2 Tablespoons Basil
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- ½ teaspoon hot pepper sauce (homemade or store-bought)
- * note - use fresh herbs when available, but feel free to substitute in dried if that is all you have
- Pat pork chops with paper towel. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Set aside.
- Chop your herbs. In small bowl combine all of your marinade ingredients, taste before putting on raw meat and adjust as needed. Rub your marinade all over your chops and be sure every inch of them are covered.
- If after rubbing down your pork, you have some marinade left over - save it in the refrigerator until grilling to use to baste OR At this point I highly suggest making up another batch (or half batch) of the marinade. This can be used not only to baste with when grilling, but even more importantly to top your grilled chops when serving - that fresh burst of herbs at the end will really push this dish to the next level! Refrigerate the rest of the marinade.
- When you are ready (after at least 8 hours for best results)- preheat your grill and cook for about 10 minutes, until done
- Serve with some Herbed Grilled Potatoes, Rice, or Summer-Fresh Veggies (like seen here: http://jonashton.com/recipes/grilled-herb-potatoes/)
This recipes was inspired by The Other Side of Fifty
* Side Note This week whole Pork Loin was on sale and I created a triple batch of this marinade and let sit on a whole Pork Loin for about 24 hours… delicious!
And I leave you with this, Today’s Question of the Day… What is your favorite way to cook pork to keep it delicious?