Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops

I know fall is in the air whenever we make these Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops. There is nothing quite like eating grilled apples and perfectly grilled pork chops simultaneously—so much flavor and so well worth the effort. 

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. 

I highly recommend using our popular 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!

Ingredients:

  • 6 Pork chops, bone-in rib chops
  • Granny Smith apple
  • Skewers
  • Honey BBQ Rub 
  • Apple butter
  • Bourbon
  • Brown sugar
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
Apple Butter Pork Chops

How to Make Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops:

  • Prepare the glaze first. Combine glaze 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.
  • 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 for 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 chops have reached an internal temperature between 155-160 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 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 3 minutes, turn and baste with reserved apple butter sauce, cook another 2-3 minutes, 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 steam or grilled vegetables, rice, or quinoa.
Apple Butter-bourbon pork chops

Tips:

  1. Want 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 with another kind of spirits 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.
Photo by: Sabrina Baksh
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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: 457kcal
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 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.
  • 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 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!

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: 457kcal | Carbohydrates: 53g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 90mg | Sodium: 566mg | Potassium: 763mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 43g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 1mg
Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops