Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Grilled brown sugar pork chops

This past week, I've slid quietly into an inspiration-free food funk. Takeout. Deli meat and crackers. Whatever is ripe in the garden. (Three cheers for overachieving cucumbers and cherry tomatoes!) My tolerance for living in renovation chaos is lower than I'd estimated. Okay. Yes. I'm a reno wimp.

So many thanks to Will for grilling up this delicious dinner yesterday. Sometimes takeout just doesn't satisfy. This is a great transitional fall dish and would be delicious served with root vegetables.

Grilled brown sugar pork chops
Adapted from allrecipes

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 1/2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
salt and pepper to taste

1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons cornstarch
6 boneless pork chops (for best results on the grill, choose thick pork chops and not butterflied)

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat.

In a sauce pan, mix brown sugar, 1/2 cup water, vinegar, oil, soy sauce, and ginger. Add salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch. Whisk this mixture into the brown sugar sauce and bring to a boil while stirring. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce is reduced slightly.

Brush grate lightly with oil before placing pork chops on the grill. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes, turning once. Brush with sauce just before removing chops from grill. Serve with remaining sauce.

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