June 18, 2010

Basil & Oregano Pork Chops



Ingredients:
4 boneless, farily thick cut pork chops
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons minced fresh oregano
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
salt
pepper

Directions:
Add all ingredients to a resealable bag. Refrigerate up to 6 hours. Prepare grill according to manufacturers' instructions. Grill the chops over medium heat about 5 minutes on each side, covering briefly to insure that they cooked all the way through. Raw or "rare" pork is not your friend.





My thoughts:
I've received a lot of emails asking for help grilling pork chops. It seems that many people have problems with their pork chops drying out. The trick is to give your pork chops a good long soak before grilling. It not only infuses the pork with flavor, it keeps them moist during the grilling process. Another trick is not to press down on the pork (forcing out juices) and or overcook. Allow them to sit about 2 minutes, covered, before serving to avoid the juices pouring out when sliced. This recipe is an excellent recipe to start with for the pork skittish, it has easy to find ingredients and doesn't make much time or effort at all yet the flavor is amazing and the pork is incredibly juicy.

13 comments:

  1. I've always had trouble with pork drying out. I started getting bone in chops and had the butcher cut them a little on the thick side. It seems to help a lot. This recipe looks so simple and delicious.

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  2. Those tongs are adorable!

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  3. I never understood why people press down on the meat on the grill!

    I especially love the tongs!!

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  4. Perfect grill marks on those pork chops. Yum.

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  5. Hi there! What's a good substitute for red wine vinegar? I'm not sure what that is so I don't think I can find that in our local grocery. Will plain vinegar or red wine do?

    I'm guilty. I'm one of those with dried pork syndrome when I grill.

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  6. Chris
    Regular vinegar would be fine but I would be surprised if your grocery store doesn't have red wine vinegar. It is pretty common. And cheap, a store brand would be fine in this recipe.

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  7. Always looking for new ways to cook pork! Thx for sharing.

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  8. Yum, those pork chops look delicious! I must agree with everyone else and compliment those adorable tongs. Do you mind me asking where they're from?

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  9. Katie:
    It actually came free with my pig-b-que.

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  10. My sister loves pork chops. I occasionally have problem with it drying. Thanks for the tips. My sister will love this.

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  11. Great Stuff! I can't wait to hear more.... perhaps a new idea for keeping shrimp from getting tough when grilling

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  12. I accidentally used thyme instead of basil but it was still fantabulous! thanks for the recipe it was deliciouss

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