Sometimes, dinner doesn't work out like you planned. For instance, tonight. I was planning on making steak. The temperature outside had dropped below sweltering, and it would not be torture for Mr. Unwired to stand over the grill to char our dinner. And I had one marinating in the freezer.
Or so I thought. Nope, must have had it for dinner already. Or the carnivore in the house needed a midnight snack. Could happen- he's pretty wiley when he's hungry. Back-up plan... we'll eat those pork chops that are in the freezer. Oh, and pork chops would be great with the corn tortilla casserole one of the kids wanted to make. Great idea.... except that they stayed late at the library and there wasn't an hour left to make it before dinner. Okay, corn on the cob can be the side dish. It's fast and goes on the grill.
Nope, didn't go as planned... but it was so good! And the perk of using the corn is that it was just delivered today. And for once, we ate it while it was fresh.... instead of waiting until it's on its last shriveled kernels. And we ate on the porch without the bugs or the heat chasing us inside. It was lovely.
This recipe is an adaptation from one found in The Gas Grill Gourmet by A. Cort Sinnes (here's the current version of the cookbook). It was a housewarming gift when we bought our first home (and our first grill). A bunch of years, two houses and three grills later, it's still an awesome reference guide when the gas grill is concerned. We use it mostly for directions on how to cook a certain cut of meat, but occasionally, it provides inspiration too.
I plan for just under a pound of pork for the four of us.
Sweet and Sour Grilled Pork Chops
2 boneless pork chops, 1-inch thick
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 Tbsp hoisin sauce
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp apricot preserves
1 garlic clove, minced (1 Tbsp)
1. In a shallow glass bowl large enough to hold the chops in one layer, mix the marinade ingredients (everything but the meat). Add chops, turn to coat, and allow to marinate 1-2 hours.
2. When ready, turn on the grill to heat. When hot, turn one burner off and the rest to medium. Put the chops on the grill over the 'off'' burner. After 10 minutes, turn the chops, then check in ten minutes for doneness. Don't let them over cook-- if your grill runs hot, then check sooner to avoid dried out pork.
For those of you who don't eat pork, try this with boneless chicken thighs. Bet it would be good!