Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops


Apple Butter-Bourbon Pork Chops

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.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American BBQ, American Food
Servings 6 People


  • 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