Sunday, September 28, 2014

Chipotle Orange Pork Chops

Bring on the BBQ! Yes, it is September, but no, it is not too late for grilling. Some places like, ahem...Alaska, are getting a little wet and chilly, but even that won't keep us from the grill. 

Even if it means throwing on a rain jacket and a pair of XtraTuff boots, these pork chops are worth making. My dad has been here for the last month visiting (and fishing, of course!), and made these pork chops for us. He declared them to be some of the best pork chops ever, but....we were skeptical. I should have known better than to doubt my dad. They were seriously some of the best we have ever had. 

They had a little kick from the chipotle, a little sweetness from the honey, and a little  tang from the orange zest. They were wonderfully balanced and easy to make. And healthy! We will definitely be making these over and over again...even if it means shoveling a path in the snow just so we can get to our grill! 

Chipotle Orange Pork Chops
Servings: 4

4 pork chops, boneless or bone-in
2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tsp. ground chipotle chili powder
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
Zest from 1 large orange
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/3 cup honey

In a small bowl, mix the olive oil, chipotle chili powder, salt, orange zest, and garlic together. Rub evenly over both sides of the pork chops. Let marinate for 15-30 minutes.

Preheat a charcoal or gas grill over medium-high heat. Place the pork chops on the grill and cook for 4-5 minutes per side, flipping once, or until the internal temperature registers 145. Baste both sides with honey during the last couple of minutes of cooking. Set aside to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.


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