Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Joe's Rosemary Chops

These are the best grilled pork chops around. We usually buy a whole, boneless pork loin when you can get it on sale (sometimes as low as $1.79/lb.) and cut chops to the thickness we prefer. Also, I keep a small herb garden beside our house. If you want to cook with fresh herbs, it's the most cost-effective and flavorful way to go. (Plus, no running to the grocery store!)

Here's the recipe:

2-4 boneless pork chops, center cut
1 small handful fresh rosemary leaves, stripped from stem
Balsamic vinegar
Peanut oil (or Canola, if you prefer)

Lightly chop the rosemary leaves or crush with a mortar and pestle to release the oils into your marinade. Mix 1 tsp. Balsamic vinegar per chop, 1 tbs. oil per chop, and the rosemary in a gallon-size zip-lock bag. Place chops in bag, squeeze out the air and seal. Move the chops around to ensure the marinade is in contact with all surfaces. Marinate in the refrigerator 3-6 hours or on your counter top for 1 hour. Remove refrigerated chops to counter 30 minutes before cooking so they can come to room temperature. Fire up your grill. Grill chops 4 inches from the heat, 7 minutes. Turn and complete cooking until interior temperature reaches 170C/77F. Rest the chops for at least 10 minutes before cutting to retain a juicy texture.


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