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Coffee Jerk Pork Pork Chops! Aah, the thrill of the grill!!! Yes, the grilling season has FINALLY arrived after a long frigid winter. I will have to send my husband to the garage to remove the winter cobwebs from our beloved grill. Living in the frozen north we crave the summer season when we can cook and eat outside. We love to grill!!! One of my family’s favorite things to eat grilled is pork chops. Juicy, tender chops grilled to absolute perfection. Aahh, I am currently drooling.
Every summer I look for different ways in which to prepare my pork chops. This is why I jumped at the chance of using coffee as an ingredient. I love being able to use a product in multiple ways. Being able to use coffee in a marinade? Bouillon as a seasoning? Now, that’s versatility! The coffee adds a depth of flavor that is hard to describe. It’s sort of woody, smoky, nutty all wrapped into one incredibly delicious flavor. The MAGGI seasoning gives it the salty punch that every pork chop needs. I drove over to my local Wal-Mart (5 minutes from my house) and headed right over to the Hispanic section to get my basic ingredients. So, today I bring you Coffee Jerk Pork Chops, my new summer favorite.
Needless to say Nescafé Clásico and MAGGI bouillon are the newest must-have ingredients for your summer grilling needs. They not only add great flavor, but are very inexpensive. One of big pluses here is that there is no waiting time for the coffee to brew. Also, no coffee grounds that will stick to your food, or teeth. Isn’t that awesome? It’s like magic. A magical ingredient for a magical flavor. Coffee Jerk Pork Chops will leave you speechless.
I created a marinade based on flavor contrasts. I mixed apple juice with vinegar. Cayenne and MAGGI bouillon were contrasted with brown sugar; garlic with allspice. Then for that “secret” flavor: Nescafé Clásico! It was that easy. Now, you need to let those pork chops marinate at least 6 hours so they can absorb that wonderful secret flavor. I like to leave them overnight. You’ll be glad you did.
Now, my husband is the grill master in residence. Needless to say I surrender total control of the grill to him. He has HIS method and INSISTED I share it with you, so here we go: To get those perfect grill marks on those pork chops, preheat the grill to about 500F. We use 3/4″ chops for best results. Place the chops on the grill using indirect heat (not over the flames). Close lid and leave for two minutes. After two minutes, give them a 1/4 turn. Leave for another two minutes. Flip and repeat the process.
Check for doneness with an instant read thermometer. Internal temperature should read 145’F. Move them to a serving platter and cover them with aluminum foil. Let them rest for about 5 minutes. Easy as that!! Coffee Jerk Pork Chops is just what everyone needs for their next picnic.
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- 4-6 large pork chops ¾" thick (bone in)
- Coffee Marinade:
- 2 cups apple juice
- ¼ cup. apple cider vinegar
- ¼ cup Nescafé Clásico
- 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
- 1 MAGGI bouillon crushed
- 3 large garlic cloves minced
- ½ tsp. cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp. allspice
- ½ tsp. thyme
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- Place all ingredients for the marinade in a glass container and mix well. Place the pork chops in a glass baking dish and pour marinade over them. Cover and refrigerate for about 6 hours; if you can marinate overnight, even better.
- For grilling, preheat the grill to 500F. Place pork chops on the grill, but not directly on top of the flames. Cook for two minutes. Give them a quarter turn. Cook an additional two minutes. Flip and repeat the process.
- When internal temperature reaches 145'F, transfer to a platter, cover and allow them to rest for about 5 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite sides.