Alexis found some great cowboy cut style pork chops at Food City yesterday. She called them "meat with handles".
While the rub I used has a front load of sugar, the first thing I get from the chops is a mild heat. The peanut sauce follows up with a sweetness but also layers on more heat. The result is a moist chop that pops flavors in your mouth. I'd rank this one in the top 5 pork chops I've had.
I've said it before and I'll say it again - to me, a nice grilled pork chop is as good as any steak.
Grilled Thai Pork Chop With Peanut Sauce
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ingredients (4 servings)
- 4 thick pork chops, cowboy cut, bone in
- 1/4 cup coarsely crushed peanuts
- 1 qt water
- 2 Tbsp kosher salt
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1.5 tsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp McCormick ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 cup Mr. Yoshidas Gourmet Sauce (or terriyaki)
- 1/4 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flake
- 1 Tbsp lime juice
- 2 tsp Braggs Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
- 1 tsp peanut oil
- 1 Tbsp water as needed to get desired consistency
- Brine the chops - NOTE: Brine is given in proportions per quart. Make enough brine to cover the chops, I had to make two quarts of it. Mix the ingredients until salt and sugar dissolved. Place chops in the brine and brine for at least 90 minutes or up to 4 hours.
- Make the peanut sauce - Put all ingredients except water in a Magic Bullet, Ninja, mini-processor, blender or other implement of destruction and blend. Check the consistency and add a little water if too thick.
- Preheat a charcoal grill to 350f.
- Grill the chops - Dry the chops and season on both sides with the rub. Grill until the chops reach an internal temp of 145f, about 5-6 minutes per side. Trust your Thermapen.
- Glaze the chops - Quickly glaze the chops with the peanut sauce as soon as they come off the grill and let the steaks rest. Top with the crushed peanuts.
- Eat the chops - My favorite step! I served it with a simple Thai style basil fried rice.
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|Are these chops pretty?|
|Notice the twisted handle on the chimney starter? Someone clipped it with the car, backing out of the garage.|
|Grill marks courtesy of GrillGrates.|
|I was glad to get out and grill after several days of rain, sleet and snow.|
|Meat handles was right. I ate mine with my hands.|