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.Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
- 6 pork rib chops, 1 " thick
- 5-6 slices medium apples, cored and cut into 1 1/2" thick (golden delicious or Granny Smith )
- 5-6 skewers (metal recommended)
- 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 teaspoon granulated onion
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon ancho chili powder (use plain chili powder if preferred)
- 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Heat 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 cooked side with apple butter sauce. Cook for another 5 minutes, turn and baste again. Repeat process a few times until chops have reached an internal temperature between 155-160 degrees F. Watch for flare-ups and adjust temperature accordingly. Move chops to cooler part of grill and finish them up over indirect heat if needed.
- After the chops have been on about 10-12 minutes, place apple skewers on the grill. Cook 3 minutes, turn and baste with reserved apple butter sauce, cook another 2 minutes, turn and baste again. You will need to do this fairly quickly as apples tend to cook fast.
- Remove cooked chops and apples from grill and serve one skewer of apples per pork chop. This dish works perfectly paired with steam 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!