Grilled Pork Chops with Spiced Pears

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I love pork chops so when a good friend of mine passed on this recipe, I jumped at it. The recipe was super easy. You’ll find it on Favorite Family Recipes. I also found the recipe to be missing some key information so I’ll fill in the blanks for you.

This recipe calls for a lot of seasonings, which make the chops very flavorful. Don’t skip out on any of them. After you mix them up, be sure to taste to make sure they are to your liking. Add more salt if you don’t think it’s salty enough. Add more chili powder for more spice.

Then rub them over 1/2-inch thick chops. I wasn’t in the mood to get my fingers tinged with red chili powder. Instead, I spooned a heaping teaspoon over each side and rubbed it in with the back of my spoon. My trick seemed to work pretty well.

The original recipe called for grilling these outside, but once again, I was feeling lazy this particular evening so instead of running back and forth, or camping out over the hot BBQ, I used my nifty grill pan, which I love in every way possible. This was a present to myself and I don’t regret it for one single second. Except when I have to clean the damn thing. But that’s a story for another day.

While the chops are grilling, dice up some pears. I chose ones that were slightly under ripe because I didn’t want mushy pear sauce.

Add the pears to a saucepan, and add vinegar and spices. I found that this recipe makes an excessive amount of very tangy pear sauce. Just my opinion. Next time I’d use less vinegar and more brown sugar. Maybe a little less cinnamon too.

While all this pear saucing is going on, don’t forget about your chops. You need to flip them after 3 minutes and then 2 minutes on the other side. No one wants a tough, leathery pork chop. These turned out nicely with those grill marks I love to see. Yet another reason why the grill pan is a beautiful thing.

Spoon the pears sauce over your pork chop. The younger boy thought this was just wrong so feel to skip it if you aren’t into it.

Pretty easy for a weeknight dinner. The recipe below adds some crucial information about cook times and stuff.

Grilled Pork Chops with Spiced Pear Sauce

Ingredients

Pork Rub

  • 1 1/2 pounds pork chops 1/2 inch thick, about 8-10 chops
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Pear Sauce

  • 3 pears peeled and diced
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • kosher salt to taste

Instructions

Pork Chops

  • Mix together pork rub ingredients and taste. Coat each pork chop with the rub on each side.
  • Let the pork chops sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes before grilling.
  • Heat up grill pan to medium heat.
  • Grill on 3 minutes on one side. Flip. Grill for 2 minutes on the other side.
  • Remove from heat and let them rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Pear Sauce

  • Combine all ingredients for pear sauce in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook for about 12 minutes until pears are soft and the sauce has thickened slightly to coat pears.
  • Serve the pork chops with sauce spooned on top.
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