These Thai Barbecue Pork Chops are moist, juicy and so flavorful.
Know Your Food Source
I believe in knowing where our food comes from, and how it’s been treated. I strive to feed my family chemical-free, hormone-free food that’s been raised with care wherever I can. One of the best ways to ensure this is true for the foods I buy is talking directly with the farmers.
This past weekend, I stopped by Warwin Farm’s stand at the farmer’s market and chatted with Farmer Kenny Dahill. Kenny is probably one of the funniest and most entertaining farmers I’ve met to-date. He sells chickens, ducks, rabbit, quail, Berkshire pigs and squab.
Kenny feeds his animals a special blend of feed made exclusively for their farm by Hiland Naturals. Hiland is part of the Non-GMO verification project and tests their ingredients for not only the presence of GMO ingredients but also the top 100 most common residual synthetic herbicides and pesticides. He thinks his feed is “Better than Organic” because of the testing program that is completely lacking in the USDA Organic program. In addition, his feed is Omega 3 fortified.
I ended up buying some pork chops from Kenny because he couldn’t stop raving about them, and making Thai Barbecue Pork Chops.
Marinade for Thai Barbecue Pork Chops
The marinade is fragrant with lemongrass, garlic, curry powder and cilantro.
I threw all the marinade ingredients in the food processor and let the pork chops marinate overnight. I’ve tried this recipe with boneless pork chops and they came out a lot dryer, so I highly recommend using bone-in pork chops.
For ease of cleanup, I lined a baking sheet with foil, oiled it and laid the pork chops on top. Then, I slid the entire piece of foil directly on the grill.
These Thai Barbecue Pork Chops are best served with Thai Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce on the side.
We’re not big pork eaters, but we have already made this recipe several times this summer.
Thai Barbecue Pork Chops
- 4 pounds thick pork chops on the bone
- 1/4 cup fish sauce
- 4 teaspoons organic sugar
- 4 teaspoons sweet soy sauce
- 2 lemongrass stalks trimmed, smashed
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon curry powder
- 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
- 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- Put marinade ingredients in food processor and process until almost smooth.
- Place pork chops in a large bowl; pour marinade on top and toss to coat all sides. Marinate in refrigerator at least 6 hours or overnight.
- Place marinated pork chops on oiled foil-lined baking sheet. Transfer to hot grill and grill until cooked to desired doneness.
- Serve with Thai Sweet Chili Garlic Sauce, if desired.
If you can't find sweet soy sauce, you can make your own substitute. Simmer equal parts soy sauce and brown sugar until syrupy.
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