Unlike smoking, grilling is a much quicker way to cook food for a quick dinner. Having the best grill is also beneficial for making the best recipes that will add flavor to your night.
One of the most common problems that are encountered by grilling is the fact that the meat will often dry out. So here, we have the best Maple-Dijon Pork Chop recipe to keep that from happening.
There is a specific way to make the pork chops juicy even if they come in direct contact with flames. So follow the recipe below to get the perfect pork chops for dinner.
When done right, pork chops are one of the best-tasting delicacies that you will ever have. They burst with flavor and nutrients that will surely keep you wanting for more.
It is the perfect combination of fats and proteins. The fat from the pork chops will slowly melt and the crackle from the fire while the meat absorbs the melted fats to make a tender finish.
Making a beautiful brine, great cooking skills, and a delicious glaze will surely make the best pork chops. But not to worry as we have the perfect guide for you.
You will not need professional skills here as we always believe that it is practice and repetition that will give you the ability to make the perfect pork chops, or any recipe for that matter.
So do not get frustrated and discouraged when you did not perfect your pork chop in the first try. Keep cooking and in no time, you will be making pork chops better than the ones from your local restaurants.
So here is our Grilled Maple Dijon Pork Chop recipe that you can follow along with some guides that you can use to enhance your cooking skills and the finish on your pork chops.
Grilled Maple Dijon Pork Chops Recipe
– 4 pork chops (bone-in, about an inch thick)
– 2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley leaves for garnish
– 2 teaspoons of onion powder
– 2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
– A teaspoon of marjoram
– Half teaspoon of ground black pepper
– 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
– Half cup of maple syrup
– 1/4 cup of Dijon Mustard
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Step 1. Get the Grill Ready
Preheat the grill to high heat for at least an hour or for however long it needs. This way, you will get the pork chops cooking once they are placed inside it.
As much as possible, use a grill where the four pork chops will fit all at once. This will cook the pork chops evenly with no temperature differences for each pork chop.
Preheating the grill for at least an hour will also allow the pork chops to be marinated properly. See, the longer that the meat is in the mixture, the better they will finish.
Step 2. Mix the Rub and the Glaze
In a clean bowl, mix the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and the olive oil and then set it aside. In another bowl, mix all the ingredients for the rub.
Get a brush and lightly pat on each side of the pork chop. From here, you can cook the pork chops right away but we advise that you let them absorb the rub first.
You can put the pork chops in the bowl where the rub is mixed and refrigerate it for at least an hour. The longer they are in the rub, the more flavor will get inside the meat.
Step 3. Grill
Lift the pork chops from the rub and let them drip for a little bit. Place them inside the grill and then let them cook for 15 minutes turning them occasionally.
At the last 3 to 4 minutes of cooking, get the glaze mixture, and then brush it on one side of the pork chops. Flip them over and let them cook for another 1 minute with the glaze facing the fire.
After a minute, do the same for the other side. Just be careful not to leave them unattended as the contents of the glaze might set ablaze when they drip onto the flames.
Step 4. Serving
Once the pork chops are cooked, remove them from the heat and place them on a plate. Let them rest for at least 5 minutes before putting the garnish.
Letting the pork chops rest will allow them to seep in more of the glaze and the rub. This will also keep the pork chops intact and juicy at the same time.
So after resting the pork chops, sprinkle the chopped fresh parsley leaves on top, cut them, and then serve with mashed potatoes or rice.
Tips and Notes
Brine if Possible
If you have all the time in the world, then we suggest that you brine the meat to ensure that it will turn out juicy and soft when it is cooked.
Just put 3 to 4 tablespoons of Kosher salt, 2 cups of apple juice, 2 cups of water, and any herbs or citrus that you have in your fridge. Cook it in a pot until the salt dissolves.
Let it cool down and then place it in a zip lock bag. Put the pork chops in and then put it in the refrigerator for at least two hours.
You can let the pork absorb the marinade overnight if you are really not in a hurry. Remove them from the brine an hour before cooking and then pat them down before putting the rub on it.
Close the Lid
As much as possible, you will need to keep the lid of the grill closed when cooking the pork chops. This will also keep the moisture of the pork chops.
When the pork chops are cooked under fire, the brine and the rub will create some vapors. It will circulate inside the grill to keep the pork chops tender at all times.
Although it is not needed at all times, you need to make sure that the pork chops are flipped every once in a while.
See, since they come in direct contact with flames, the pork chops are prone to drying out when they are left unattended. So keep an eye on them and flip them occasionally.
Usage of fuel
The pork chops are cooked by direct heat. However, that does not mean that they do not get induced with the smoky flavor from the fuel of the grill.
Apple is a common type of wood that is used as fuel for grills. We suggest that you use those so that you can get an additional delicious flavor on the pork chops from the smoke that is induced in them.
If you are looking for something that you can add to the table during the weekend barbecues in your backyard, then this Grilled Maple Dijon Pork Chops Recipe should be a consideration.
It packs a lot of nutrients and flavors that will surely get the family and friends excited. The rich flavor from the pork is enhanced with the herbs and spices from the rub, glaze, and brine.
Just by following the recipe and the guides, you can make the most tender and juiciest pork chop that you can make and bring for your grilling sessions.
Just keep on practicing and learning from your mistakes on the first tries and in no time, you will be cooking the most perfect and delicious Maple Dijon Pork Chops!
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