I am making making pork chops tonight. I was going to make it last night, but my wife was at work so I thought I better wait until she is home. But that is another point altogether. We’re here to talk cooking. This dish is a simple grilled pork chop, seasoned minimally to allow the pork flavor to come through. The plums are butter-basted and topped with a brown sugar, chili mixture. The seasoning mixture is then used to make a sauce for drizzling both. Screw Dancing with the Stars, this is Dancing with the Taste Buds. Finish off the evening with a nice Riesling or Moscato.
Ingredients and Supplies
- Pork chops
- Brown sugar
- Chili powder
- Cayenne pepper
- Olive oil
- Soy sauce
The Kitchen Experiment
- Season the pork chops lightly with oregano, salt and pepper.
- Mix the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika and cayenne pepper together. I used a decent amount of sugar and seasoned until it smelled like a adequate mixture. Season to taste or go with your gut. Make a fair amount because it will go on the plums and in a sauce for drizzling
- Toss the chops on the grill…about 450 degrees should work great.
- Cut the plums in half and lightly coat the flat side with butter. Skewer them for easier grilling.
- Place the plums butter-side down on the grill until browned, about two to three minutes. Don’t forget to check the chops.
- Flip the plums and chops when ready. Sprinkle the flat side of the plums (now facing up) with the brown sugar mixture and heat until caramelized. Watch closely so you don’t burn the plums. I lowered the heat on that side of my grill.
- Mix the remaining brown sugar and seasoning with a little olive oil and soy sauce. You don’t want the sauce too thick, but you want it thick enough so it doesn’t run right the chops and plums.
- Place it all on a plate and drizzle with the sauce.
Tips and Tricks
- Making a roux can help maintain a “drizzleable” sauce.
- The firmer your plums are the better they will grill, just barely ripe works great.
- If you are grilling with charcoal, move the coals to one side and cook your plums on the other to prevent burning or charring them.
- Cook pork to a minimum of 160 degrees Fahrenheit.