The days are shorter, the leaves are falling and there is a chill in the air, but you can still get out and barbecue. And these apple cider pork chops from Delightful-E-Made will inspire you. I would leave the salt out and use Mrs. Dash, but everything else should work for the DASH diet. We use charcoal in our barbecue and have a stack to get the fire started. (No lighter fluid)
Apple Cider Glazed Pork Chops
- 1½ lbs (one package) Smithfield All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- Apple Cider Glaze:
- 1½ c. apple cider
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. salt
- Light your gas or charcoal grill and heat to medium high heat.
- In a small saucepan, prepare the glaze by combining the apple cider, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a simmer. While the cider comes to a simmer, prepare the pork rub. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with a fork. Add the oil to the spice mixture. It will be the consistency of a crumbly paste. Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, and then cover the chops on all sides with the spice rub.
- Put the spice covered pork chops on the heated grill, and thoroughly brush with the cider glaze. Grill for about 6 minutes. Flip the chops and thoroughly brush with the glaze on the other side. Grill for about 2 more minutes, flip and brush again. Repeat this process until the chops cook for 10-12 minutes total, and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. It’s okay for pork to have a little pink in the middle.
- If you’re also grilling apples, brush the halved apples with glaze and grill for about 5-6 minutes. No need to flip. Serve along with the chops.