If you’re looking for a protein option that packs a ton of flavor and is made with all clean ingredients, this is it!
These sweet and spicy grilled pork chops have almost converted my husband into a pork chop fan (which is a big deal, because he has always hated them). The secret is in the sweet and spicy sauce that you baste the chops with while they cook to keep them from drying out. It also packs a ton of flavor, and the ingredients are all great.
4 boneless pork chops (about 1/2 inch thick)
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup apple juice
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper
Avocado oil (to grease the grill)
Season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper and set aside
Heat your grill or griddle to 350 degrees (I use a Presto griddle like this one).
Coat the grill with some avocado oil to prevent sticking (avocado oil has a high smoking point, so it’s great for this).
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, apple juice, cinnamon, and chili powder. Which together until we’ll combined.
Use a silicone basting brush (I love this one) to coat one side of the pork chops with the apple juice and honey mixture.
Place pork chops on the grill with the side you just basted face down. Baste the other side of the pork chops while cooking. Cook for about 5 minutes.
Flip chops and add some more of the apple juice and honey mixture to the side that’s already been grilled. Baste a few times while cooking for another 5 to 6 minutes.
You should have a really good char on the outside of each chop (from the honey).
Make sure chips are done all the way through (they should be white inside, with no pink).
Remove chops from grill and let rest on a cutting board for about 5 minutes.
Slice chops into thin strips and serve with whatever sides you like (we love roasted veggies like broccoli, yellow squash, zucchini, onion, and potatoes).
Anyone else out there love pork chops and applesauce? While I’m sure I could find some Whole 30 compliant applesauce at the store, I decided to just make my own apple, walnut, and raisin compote to go on top of these grilled pork chops. You could cook it a little longer and use a hand masher to make this into true applesauce, but I like it chunky. The raisins add a little extra sweetness to the apples since this recipe doesn’t have any added sugar (to make it Whole 30 compliant), and the walnuts add a nice texture. My dad even liked this, and he’s the pickiest person on the planet.
Always Perfect Pork Chops
Lean center-cut pork chops
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add a glug of avocado oil to the pan.
Season both sides of the pork chops with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and parsley flakes. Place the pork chops in the skillet and cook for about 5 minutes.
When the pork chops come off the pan easily, they are ready to flip (if they stick, give them a little more time – the crust is not ready yet). Flip the pork chops and cook for another 5 minutes.
Stick the pan in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes to let the pork chops finish cooking.
Apple, Walnut, and Raisin Compote
2 apples (I used red delicious for the recipe I photographed, but I have also made it with golden delicious and Granny Smith, so use whatever kind of apples you like)
1/8 cup chopped walnuts
1/8 cup raisins
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 cup water
Peel the apples and dice into small cubes.
Put the apples in a pan over medium-high heat with the water and cinnamon.
Stir and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until they start to soften.
Turn the heat down to low and add the walnuts and raisins.
Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reaches your desired consistency. (I usually cook mine for about 15 minutes.)
Scoop the mixture onto the top of your pork chops.
You can also serve this as a side dish, a topping on your oatmeal, or with some granola on top for a warm breakfast or guilt-free dessert.
If you want the mixture to be more like applesauce, then leave out the walnuts and raisins and smash the apples with a hand masher once they have cooked for about 15-20 minutes.
If you are not on the Whole 30, you could definitely add some sugar to this mixture to make it sweeter. I think brown sugar would probably give it the best flavor and would start with just a tablespoon and taste test it.
If you don’t have raisins, you could also use dried cranberries. Just make sure that if you are doing Whole 30 they don’t have added sugar.