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Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops

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We know fall is approaching whenever we make these Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops. There is nothing quite like eating grilled apples and perfectly cooked pork chops together. It’s a wonderful burst of flavor and well worth the effort. 

Apple Butter Pork Chops
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These pork chops are basted in a flavorful apple butter-bourbon glaze and served with grilled apple skewers. This is the perfect Fall meal and one that is sure to please.

We recommend using our Honey BBQ Rub recipe for seasoning these chops. Make up a large batch, store it in an airtight container, and use it on pork ribs and smoked pork too!

Ingredients:

How to Make Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops:

  • Prepare the glaze first. Combine glaze ingredients in a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-high for 1 minute, stirring often. 
  • Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and reserve 1/3 of the mixture for glazed apples. The remaining baste will be used on the pork chops.
  • Cut apples into 3/4″ thick slices. Place them into a bowl with cold water and lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  • Preheat grill to 375 degrees F or medium-high.
  • Season pork chops with rub
  • Place pork chops onto the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes; turn and baste the cooked side with apple butter sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes, turn, and baste again. 
  • Repeat this process a few times until the chops have reached an internal temperature between 145-150 degrees F. Note that the recommended minimum internal temperature for pork is 145 degrees F. Watch for flare-ups and adjust the cooking temperature accordingly, or move chops to a cooler part of the grill and finish them up over indirect heat. 
  • Remove chops from the grill, tent with foil, and set aside.
  • Thread 5 apple slices onto each skewer. Brush lightly with oil on both sides. 
  • Place apple skewers on the grill. Cook for 3 minutes, turn and baste with reserved apple butter sauce, cook another 2-3 minutes, then turn and baste again. You will need to do this fairly quickly as apples tend to cook fast.
  • Serve one skewer of apples per pork chop. This dish works perfectly paired with steamed or grilled vegetables, rice, or quinoa.
Apple Butter-bourbon pork chops

Tips:

  1. Need extra sauce? Double the apple butter sauce recipe and serve on the side at the table. Simply delicious!
  2. If you’re not too keen on that bourbon flavor, substitute it with another kind of spirit like brandy, rum, scotch, or cognac. If you are looking to omit alcohol altogether, then use a combination of 1/4 cup each of peach nectar and cider vinegar.
Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops

Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops

These pork chops are basted in a flavorful apple butter-bourbon glaze and served with grilled apple skewers. The perfect Fall meal that is sure to please.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American BBQ, American Food
Keyword: bbq pork chops, bourbon pork chops, pork chop recipe
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 477kcal
Author: Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 6 pork chops rib chops, about 1" thick
  • 5-6 apples cored and cut into 1 1/2" thick slices (golden delicious or Granny Smith )
  • 5-6 skewers (metal recommended)
  • 3 tablespoons Honey BBQ Rub (or your favorite bottled sweet rub)
  • for glaze:
  • 1 1/4 cups apple butter
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Prepare glaze first. Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan and simmer over medium-high for 1 minute, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and reserve 1/3 of the mixture for glazed apples. The remaining baste will be used on the pork chops.
  • Heat your grill to a medium-high cooking temperature.
  • Combine rub ingredients and season both sides of pork chops. Place onto the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, turn and baste the cooked side with apple butter sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes, turn, and baste again. Repeat the process a few times until the chops have reached an internal temperature between 145-150 degrees F. Watch for flare-ups and adjust the temperature accordingly. Move chops to a cooler part of the grill and finish them up over indirect heat if needed.
  • Thread apples onto skewers: about 5 pieces per skewer. Brush lightly with oil on both sides. You can chop apples ahead of time and place them into a bowl with cold water and lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  • After the chops have been on for about 10-12 minutes, place apple skewers on the grill. Cook for three minutes, turn and baste with reserved apple butter sauce, cook another 2 minutes, and turn and baste again. You will need to do this fairly quickly as apples tend to cook fast.
  • Remove cooked chops and apples from the grill and serve one skewer of apples per pork chop. This dish works perfectly paired with steamed or grilled vegetables, rice, or quinoa.
  • *Want extra sauce? Double the apple butter sauce recipe and serve on the side at the table. Simply delicious!

Notes

Things to think about with this recipe:
If you’re not too keen on that bourbon flavor, then substitute with another type of spirit like brandy, rum, scotch or cognac.
If you are looking to omit alcohol all together, then use a combination of  1/4 cup each of peach nectar and cider vinegar.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 477kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 80mg | Potassium: 798mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 107mg | Iron: 4mg

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