Saturday, February 6, 2016

Sweet and Salty Garlic Pork Chops


Pork is quickly becoming a staple around here. That's what happens when you buy most of your meat at Costco and they have some awesome deals on pork loins and chops. I'm not even kidding on those deals. Buy in bulk and save, people...

I just recently got these chops and, not only was the price amazing, but the taste was as well. Thick chops are just so tender and juicy! But, of course, the trick to any good meat is to not overcook it. Chops are no exception. There's that fine line between being done and being so overdone that you find yourself thinking cardboard tastes better. Thick chops help out a bit because you don't have to worry as much about them drying out.

But, a little sauce helps in that department, too. And I sure do like sauces with some meat! This one in particular is really good. The garlic isn't overwhelming and all the flavors balance well. And the soy sauce has that mild saltiness that mellows a little as it cooks so it won't overpower the meat. It's perfect for a quick weeknight meal but delicate enough for a more formal event.

Sweet and Salty Garlic Pork Chops
2 servings



Ingredients

10 garlic cloves, peeled and halved
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp water
2 tbsp olive oil, divided
2 thick cut pork chops, seasoned with pepper (bone-in or boneless)

Directions


1. Mix together garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, honey, water, and 1 tbsp of the oil. Set aside.
2. Heat remaining oil over medium-high heat and sear pork chops until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side.
3. Pour in sauce and reduce heat to medium. Cook until sauce is reduced and thickened slightly and pork is done to desired doneness, about 6-8 minutes depending on thickness and size, turning over once halfway through cooking.

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