Recipe: Cumin-Rubbed Grilled Pork Chops


We had pork chops almost every other day last week, so I had to find a recipe to change the flavor a little. This one from The Chicago Tribune Good Eating Cookbook worked out very well. One can marinate it for only 10 minutes (I did 2 hours) or up to 6 hours. It took very little time to prepare the marinade. All it required was:

  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons (tsp) cider vinegar (I used regular vinegar)
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground red pepper
  • 4 butterfield center-cut pork loin chops (I used whatever pork chops I had left)

To make it:

  1. Combine the sugar, vinegar, cumin, and red pepper in a small bowl and mix well.
  2. Put pork chops in a large plastic storage bag or glass baking dish. Pour and rub cumin mixture to coat the pork chops. Seal bag or cover dish to marinate at least 10 minutes or as long as 6 hours.
  3. Prepare grill or broiler. Remove meat from marinade. Grill, or broil, turning once, until the meat is cooked through, (8-10 min). Hint: Move to a cooler part of the grill if the sugar in the rub starts to burn (I didn’t have that problem).

Comments: The pork chops were very tasty; everyone was a member of the clean plate club. I already have a request to make it again. Maybe next week. I’ll also add some apple cider in place of the cider vinegar.

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