And just like that, it’s July. More than half of the year has already passed, can you believe it? It really is true what they say, time goes by faster the older you get. Since January, I have been counting down the days until July 16. That day is the day that I finally get my own kitchen, no more sharing! It is a dream come true. This means I can cook whenever I want, use up all of the fridge space, and no longer have to deal with a dirty kitchen. I’m sure you can sense my excitement. Don’t be surprised if you start seeing more recipes posted weekly.
In the meantime, here is a simple but utterly delicious smoky peach mustard grilled pork chops recipe. This dish is the meal I imagine myself cooking on a beautiful summer day out on the porch with a cold beverage in my hand. Instead of using a regular barbecue sauce, I incorporated peaches into the sauce to truly embrace the season. These pork chops are marinated, grilled, then basted to perfection. Serve them with a tomato arugula salad for one complete dinner.
**Helpful tips and common mistakes
Start by making the peach mustard bbq sauce. This sauce can be prepared up to 3 days in advance and actually tastes better the day after it is prepared. Whenever you cook peaches in a sauce or dessert, you want to peel the fruit to avoid having that leathery skin in the dish.Saute the onion and garlic until softened and add the remaining ingredients for the sauce. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce to low and continue to let it simmer for 30 minutes. Think of it as making a compote or jam. Once the peaches have softened, remove the sauce from heat and blend until smooth.Pork chops are a lean cut of meat with very little fat. If overcooked, the meat can become tough and well, just not good. To avoid overcooking the meat, I like to purchase thick cut chops, bone-in. In general, meats cooked on the bone tend to have more flavor and more moistness; this also applies to pork chops.Marinate the pork in the spices and oil. Let it sit for at least 1 hour or up to overnight for the best results. You are going to baste the chops at the end with the peach mustard bbq sauce but marinating them beforehand will impart more flavor.You can cook the pork chops on an outdoor or indoor grill. I don’t have an outdoor grill so I used my grill pan which worked beautifully. Cook the pork chops on one side until deep grill marks form. Flip them over and cook on the other side until deep grill marks form once again. Continue to flip and cook until the pork is almost done. Finish by basting on the peach mustard bbq sauce, allowing it to caramelize before flipping it over. Remove the pork from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes to allow the juices to permeate throughout. You want the pork to be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F. If you have a difficult time telling if the center is cooked, use a thermometer!While the pork is resting, grill the peaches and toss together the tomato arugula salad. Serve the peach mustard grilled pork chops with extra sauce, peaches, and salad. This meal was truly delightful. The pork chops were so juicy despite being lean meat. The sweet and savory peach mustard sauce pairs beautifully with the chops while the grilled peaches add the finishing touch. All in all, the perfect summer meal.
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