Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops
These grilled pork chops are basted in a flavorful apple butter-bourbon glaze and serve with grilled apple skewers. The perfect Fall meal that is sure to please.
- 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 minutes, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat and scoop out 1/3 of mixture to glaze 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.
- Preheat grill for medium-high heat.
- Combine rub ingredients and season both sides of pork chops. Place onto grill and cook for 5-7 minutes, turn and baste cooked side. 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.
- Once cooked, remove chops from grill and loosely tent with aluminum foil.
- After the chops have been on about 10-12 minutes. Add apple skewers onto the grill. Cook 3 minutes, turn and baste, and cook another 2 minutes, turn and baste again. You will need to do this fairly quickly as apples tend to cook fast.
- Remove from grill and serve one skewer of apples per pork chop. This dish works perfectly paired with steam or grilled vegetables, rice, or quinoa.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh