Spring is finally in the air here in the Midwest and warmer weather always gets me in the mood for grilling!  I’m not usually a fan of grilled pork since it tends to be a drier meat and grilling doesn’t do much to add moisture but this recipe worked great!  The caramelized apples and  toasted pecans worked so well with the pork chops that I wish I had bought more of them!  This was a beautiful start to our grilling season!

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (3/4 to 1 inch thick)
  • 1 tbsp grass fed organic butter
  • 1 medium red apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 tbsp date sugar
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Sprinkle pork chops with salt and pepper and place them on your grill (see notes for instructions on grilling your chops).

    Add apples to the sizzling butter

  2. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat until it sizzles. Add the apples and stir for 2 - 3 minutes.

    Add pecans and date sugar to the apples

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the pecans and date sugar.  Stir well and continue to cook for another minute. Remove from heat.
  4. Spoon the apple mixture over the grilled pork chops and ENJOY!
Nutritional Info:

Makes 4 servings.

Nutrients per serving:  Calories: 266, Cal. from Fat: 116.5, Total Fat: 12.5g, Sat. Fat: 4g, Carbs: 9g, Fiber: 1.5g, Sugars: 7g, Protein: 27g, Sodium: 49mg, Chol: 85.5mg

Notes:

Thick chops need a slower heat to get them cooked without drying them out. What you do want to do however is sear the surface to get them cooking. Preheat your grill as high as it will go (if you are using charcoal build your fire hotter on one side for searing with a cooler side to finish them off on). Put the chops on the grill and close the lid. After one minute open the grill and flip the chops. Close the lid for one minute. Now turn down the heat on your grill to medium (or move the chops to the cooler side of your charcoal grill). Rotate the chops to get your cross hatch marks and let them cook for about 3 more minutes with the lid down. After this time flip the chops over and continue cooking for about 4 more minutes. It is best at this point to turn your grill down to its lowest setting (or close the vents on your charcoal grill).
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