Five Spice Grilled Pork Chops with PeachesSaturday, August 22, 2015
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Confession. I'm three days into Whole 30 and sugar withdrawals have left me cranky, insatiably hungry and slowed down by brain fog. Inevitably this led to a disastrous day in the kitchen between my total lack of concentration and an unexpected rain storm. The perfectionist in me feels obligated to apologize for the photo quality, but the pork chops? No apologies. Aromatic and faintly sweet, these thick cut pork chops were seasoned simply with Chinese five spice powder and salt, then basted with spicy, garlicky lime infused clarified butter while still smoking hot from the grill. They're accompanied with fresh local peaches, lightly spiced, grilled and basted with the same butter. It's an easy dish to pull off but the flavors were bold enough to end my tortuous sugar-free day on a brighter note. I found some salvation by way of leftover coconut braised collard greens in the freezer, which I warmed up for a quick and tasty side dish.
Marie Pierre: "My ultimate bbq pork dinner is by far root beer marinated pork ribs with an apple fennel slaw and classic potato salad (sometimes w/bleu cheese and bacon if I'm really going for it!)"
KCK ROX: "My fav grilled pork dish is grilled pork lettuce wraps. I use thin slice pork shoulder or pork chop (boneless) sliced into strips. The flavors are Asian inspired sweet/sour/salty. The marinade has fish sauce, soy sauce,brown sugar, rice wine vinegar, pepper, olive oil, onions, ginger , lemon grass,garlic (salt when ready to grill). I marinate the meat for a couple hours. Grill until done and nicely charred. Fill butter lettuce up with pork and various toppings like mint, basil, carrots, vermicelli noodles, jalapeño, cilantro, sriracha, bean sprouts, squeeze of lime. Oh and I usually make extra marinade and use it as dipping sauce."
Prep Time: 10 min, plus at least 4 hours to brine
Cook Time: 30 min
Suggested Equipment: Charcoal or gas grill set up for indirect heat, coffee or spice grinder, instant read meat thermometer