April 18, 2011

Coffee-Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

hold onto your hats... here's actually another entree recipe.

oh happy day, spring is upon us. blooming dogwoods. flip flops. short sleeves. sunshine. dinner on the grill. hallelujah!

i was most certainly not bred for cold weather and am so very grateful for the warmer temperatures. (not to mention when you have a 3-year-old little guy, after a cold winter, getting to play outside is the equivalent of a fabulous new toy.) grilling is such a perfect option for cooking on a nice evening... with the definite bonus of less after-dinner clean-up. i even like to cook an entire meal on the grill... throw on some asparagus and quartered red potatoes, lightly coated with olive oil, salt and pepper and you're set!



Coffee-Marinated Grilled Pork Chops

1       cup freshly brewed coffee, chilled
1       tablespoon olive oil
3      tablespoons molasses
3      tablespoons dark brown sugar
1       tablespoon fresh lime juice
1       clove garlic, minced
1       jalapeno, seeded and minced
1/2    teaspoon salt
1/4    teaspoon ground ginger
1/4    teaspoon pepper
4       bone-in pork chops

1. Combine first 10 ingredients in a large zip-lock bag. Massage bag to mix well. Add pork chops; seal bag and turn to coat. Chill and marinate 8 hours or overnight.

2. Remove pork chops from marinade; discard marinade. Preheat grill; grill pork chops 3-4 minutes on each side or until they reach 160` when tested with an instant read thermometer.
Yield: 4 servings. 

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