Fall flavors have arrived, ladies and gentlemen! Everyone knows that the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is the quintessential Autumnal treat. But did you know there’s also Pumpkin Spice sausage? Pumpkin Spice Oreos? Pumpkin Spice Pringles? It’s out of hand, folks. Out. of. hand. But let’s face it: Americans love pumpkin flavored anything.
But I have a confession to make…..I actually hate pumpkin, both literal pumpkin and artificial pumpkin flavors. So I don’t really jump on the fall flavors bandwagon too much. BUT there is a fall flavor that I do enjoy, and that’s apple/apple cider! Apples actually pair really well with lots of foods, particularly pork. I’ve made several recipes using apples, and they’re always a hit. These Grilled Apple Cider Pork Chops are no exception!
These chops are delicious, and with a glaze made from apple cider and maple syrup, they definitely taste like fall. We also grilled some apples, coated with the glaze, and they made a great side dish! And, this meal comes together in about 30 minutes.
- 4 bone-in pork chops, about 1 inch thick
- 1½ c. apple cider
- ¼ c. maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
- ½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ tsp. salt
- 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 tsp. chili powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- Light your gas or charcoal grill and heat to medium high heat.
- In a small saucepan, prepare the glaze by combining the apple cider, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, crushed red pepper flakes, and salt. Bring to a simmer.
- While the cider comes to a simmer, prepare the pork rub. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly with a fork. Add the oil.
- Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels, and then rub the chops on all sides with the spice mixture.
- Place pork chops on the heated grill, and thoroughly brush with the cider glaze. Grill for about 6 minutes. Flip the chops and thoroughly brush with the glaze on the other side. Grill for about 2 more minutes, flip and brush again. Repeat this process until the chops cook for 10-12 minutes total, and reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
- If you're also grilling apples, brush the halved apples with glaze and grill for about 5-6 minutes. No need to flip. Serve along with the chops.
Source: Delightful E Made