Saturday, March 17, 2012

Baked BBQ Pork Chops & Fried Apples

This is an easy recipe to do for dinner one night.  Make up the BBQ sauce and just store it in the fridge and you'll have it around whenever you need it.  The sauce is a take on Carolina Low-Country Sauce and being such is much thinner than the thick sauces sold in the store.  Store bought sauces, in addition to being full of chemical garbage, are finishing sauces, not meant to be cooked with as they turn into chewey goop.  This sauce will thicken a bit while cooking in the oven and after separating the fat can be used as a garnish for the chops.

The Sauce

1C Cider Vinegar
1/2C Ketchup
1/4C Orange Juice
1tsp Tabasco Sauce
3T Brown Sugar
1/2tsp Salt
1tsp Crushed Red Pepper
1tsp Fresh Ground black pepper or pepper melange

Whisk all ingredients together and let stand 1 day in the refrigerator to let the flavors meld.  An excellent sauce for ribs or especially pulled pork as the pork will soak in the sauce.  With the omission of the ketchup this turns into an excellent mopping sauce for smoked ribs or pork.

For the pork chops: Preheat oven to 325°.  Pre-heat a frying pan on medium and add 1T unsalted butter.  Season chops with salt and pepper and sear in frying pan until browned on both sides.  Place in shallow baking dish and pour over BBQ sauce so it's about 1/2" deep in the pan.  Bake in oven 20-30 mins.

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  1. Can I do this recipe in a Barbecue grill? I practically want my meat to have the beautiful grilling marks, it actually adds appetite to the dish.

  2. Sure, I don't see why not. The original recipe just called for cooking in the oven and I don't have a grill so haven't tested it yet. Thanks for the comment.


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