11 November, 2016
Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops
I’m always looking for new recipes when it comes to pork chops. I have a few good ones that I like, but I get bored with the same thing over and over again. I think pork is something that if not cooked or marinated correctly can be very dry and not that enjoyable. As I always mention in my posts I brine my meat before I bake or grill it. Brining meat helps keep it moist and juicy. This pork is also seared on the grill to help keep the moister in.
This recipe today I found on a blog called Bitz & Giggles. I did change it some, but the ingredients are all the same.
Now my husband usually does the grilling at our house and he was not home this evening, so the grilling was up to me. I can handle grilling most things, but I usually like to have a meat thermometer around when it comes to pork. Tonight I did not have one because ours broke and I forgot to get a new one. So I had to make sure they were done by sight and rely on the time the original recipe stated.
I really enjoyed this recipe, the pork was moist and the flavor was delicious. My kids ate it without complaints which is a win in my book. I was happy I was able to grill it on my own and not get anyone sick or at least not yet. I usually shy away from lemon marinades, but it fit perfectly with the basil and garlic. I will try this one agai in the future when my husband is home or when I have a meat thermometer!
I really hope that if you like basil like I do, you try this recipe out, I think you will like it.
- 4-5 center cut pork chops
- 1 cup basil chopped
- 5 cloves of garlic ( I love garlic)
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. pepper
- lemon juice
- In a large bowl dissolve 1/4 cup of kosher salt with 6 quarts of water. Add the pork and let sit for 15-30 minutes.
- While the pork is bringing, in a small food processor add the basil, garlic, oil, salt, and pepper. Blend until combined.
- Spread mixture on both sides of the pork.
- Place pork in fridge to marinate for as long as you like, at least 20 minutes.
- 5.Take pork out and spray lemon juice on both side of the pork. Let sit for 10 minutes.
- Turn grill on high heat. Sear pork chops, by cooking on direct heat for 2-3 minutes on each side.
- Place on indirect heat and grill for another 5-6 minutes on each side. Make sure the pork is done when a thermometer reads 145.
- Let pork rest for 5 minutes before serving.