Monday, June 25, 2012

Pork: Be Inspired

Today, while shopping at Kroger, I picked up some pork chops.  This evening, I made a delicious recipe--Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub, with them.  It was delicious!  Everyone loved it, including the kids.  Give it a try!

Here is the recipe:

Grilled Pork Chops with Basil-Garlic Rub - recipe from
Times: 30 minutes prep, 10 minutes cook
4 pork bone-in rib chops, 3/4-inch thick
Basil-Garlic Rub
2 cloves garlic , peeled
1 cup fresh basil, packed
2 tablespoons lemon juice , fresh
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking Directions:
With machine running, drop garlic through feed tube of food processor to mince. Stop, add
fresh basil, and process until chopped. Add lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper and process
to make thin wet rub. Spread both sides of pork chops with basil mixture. Let stand 15 to
30 minutes.
Prepare a medium-hot fire in grill. Brush the grate clean and oil the grate. Grill chops, over
direct heat, turning once, to medium rare doneness, 5 to 6 minutes per side, or until the
internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, followed by a 3-minute rest time.
Makes 4 servings

I like cooking with pork because it is so easy and versatile.  You can grill, roast in the oven, bake in the oven, cook on the stove top or even a crock pot.  You could even deep fry pork if you wanted.  I like that it is also quick to cook on the grill or stove top and have many different recipes for pork.

Here are some facts about cooking with pork.

  • Pork chops, tenderloin and roasts need to cook to a temperature of 145 degrees, where as ground pork should be cooked to 160 degrees.  (Make sure to use a meat thermometer.)
  • There are 5 different chop cuts to choose from.
  • Pork tenderloin is now certified to have the American Heart Association's Heart-Check mark.
  • You can find fresh port at your local Kroger own store where they will be happy to answer your questions.
Here are some links: National Pork Board's Official Blog

Disclosure:  As a BzzAgent, I received a coupon and a meat thermometer to try out a pork recipe.  This post contains my honest opinions.

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