This past Saturday that ago old question arose once again- what are we going to make for dinner? We knew we wanted to grill and our original thinking was to make a pork tenderloin, but when we got the store, it was $15! There was no way I was going to spend that much money. We decided to go with thick cut pork chops. Who needs the store’s marinade anyway? With the help of foodnetwork. com, we knew we could come up with something better anyway. When we got home I searched for a marinade and came across one by Alton Brown, who I think is awesome. He’s one of the hosts of Iron Chef. There are so many hosts on that show, I can’t keep them straight. Anyway, he’s the guy they show at the beginning and the end. I guess I knew he was also a chef- he certainly knows his ingredients. Anyway, the main ingredients in this recipe are strong brewed coffee and molasses. The only reason I had molasses laying around was because I made a shoo fly pie awhile back. I’m not a fan of molasses (or shoo fly pie), but with the mix of other ingredients in the recipe, all the flavors balance out nicely.
I halved the recipe below for two thick cut pork chops.
I eyeballed most of the ingredients on the list-I hate to unnecessarily dirty extra things.
I did not add the ginger.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 cup cool strong coffee
- 6 ounces molasses
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper