This week the cavewoman is out of town for work so looks like I am cooking for one this week. Usually this means I tend to be less healthy since I am only cooking for myself but now that the holidays are over we are trying to cut back and drop some of winter weight. With the healthy frame of mind, for tonight at least, I thought about a quick and easy BBQ pork chop dish with a bitter green salad and asparagus. It turned out pretty well the sweetness from the pork balanced well with the bitter greens, and I was able to use pull double duty on the pork marinade as a salad dressing. For other recipes like this visit www.cookingwithcaveman.com
- 2 Center Cut Pork Chops
- 1 Cup Italian dressing (recipe below or use store bought)
- 2 Cups BBQ sauce (recipe below or use store bought)
- Salt and Pepper
- 1 Cup red wine vinegar
- 1 Cup of olive oil
- ½ tbls. garlic powder
- ½ tbls. onion powder
- ½ tbls. honey or white sugar
- 1 tbls. dried oregano
- ½ tbls. ground black pepper
- ¼ tsp. dried thyme
- ½ tsp. dried basil
- ½ tsp. dried parsley
- 1 tablespoons salt
Quick BBQ Sauce
- 1 cup ketchup
- ¼ cup cider vinegar
- 2 tbls. Molasses
- 1 tbls. Yellow mustard
- 1 tbls. Chicken broth
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- 2 tbls. Sriracha (or your favorite hot sauce)
BBQ Sauce: Combine all the ingredients into a small sauce pan and heat on low for 5-10 minutes until the ingredients are well blended. Let it cool until you are ready to use.
Pork Marinade (Italian Dressing): Combine all the ingredients and mix well. Use half for the marinade and reserve the other half for the salad by covering well and storing in the fridge.
Caveman Tip*** `While you are prepping dinner and getting things ready or just puttering around the house doing chores just drop the pork in a zip lock back with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge until you are ready to cook, I like to let it go 45 to 60 minutes
While your grill is getting hot pull the pork out of the marinade and pat it dry. Now liberally coat it with the BBQ sauce and let it sit until your grill is ready.
When you grill is good and hot, the temp gage should read 700 degrees or better, place your pork on the grill directly over the heat source. Close the lid and let the pork site for 2 minutes and then turn them 90 degrees and close the lid again. This should leave those great grill marks you are looking for. After 2 more minutes flip the chops over close the lid and let them sit on the grill for 2 minutes. After the two minutes is up rotate them 90 degrees and close the lid. You will want them to sit another (you guessed it) 2 minutes.
At this point you will want to temp your chops depending on the thickness they may be done. You are looking for 145 degrees. If they are ready pull them and let them rest, if not put them on the top rack and turn your burners to low. You will continue to cook until you reach 145 degrees, it should not take long.
Let the chops rest for 5 minutes or so and serve them with your favorite sides. I just so happened to make a bitter salad and asparagus.