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Apples, Honey & Pork Great Grilling

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Honey Apple Butter Pork Chops - What else can you say? Combining the flavor of apple butter with a dash of honey and a nice pork chop is one heck of a way to jazz up a normal grilled pork chop. The truth is, I can eat just about any pork chop placed in front of me. But I do appreciate added flavor.

It's like getting free bonus points in a board game.

The first thing you have to realize about this recipe is that an ingredient that not too many people use is included. Actually, lots of people use Apple Butter. They just don't use it as an ingredient in recipes. If you are not familiar with apple butter may I suggest bringing yourself own down to the East Tennessee and North Georgia area during the various apple festivals that take place. Not only can you get your hands on some fresh apples, and apple butter. You will also be able to grab fritters, cakes, pies, brittles and more. I love apple season.

Most of these places have petting zoos and barbecue contests as well. I'll cover that more during the fall.

As for pork chops, remember the slogan "The Other White Meat?" Well, one of my favorite associations has changed slogans. The National Pork Board has officially retired the white meat slogan into their past. What they call their "Heritage." I love it, that slogan and all of the great recipes and cooking tips the Pork Board has offered up has become part of many peoples heritage, at least on the cooking side.

Now the slogan, or theme, of the National Pork Board is Pork - Be Inspired! I think it fits, and the site is packed with great information, recipes and ideas. If you have a moment, check out my culinary pork buddies atwww.porkbeinspired.com

For now, enjoy some great grilling with my very own Honey Apple Butter Pork Chops. Grill them up, serve them up and enjoy the time with family and friends.

Honey Apple Butter Pork Chops    
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Kent Whitaker


Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 1 hour 30 mins
Serves: 4
Apple butter and honey add extra flavor to a grilled pork chop.
  • 4 pork chops - thick
  • 1 1/2 cups apple butter
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Combine all ingredients, except pork chops and mix well.
  2. Place chops in shallow glass dish and cover with marinade.
  3. Cover tightly and refrigerate for as long as possible, overnight if possible.
  4. Remove pork chops from marinade.
  5. Place on grill approximately six inches above medium-hot heat.
  6. Grill turning and basting with marinade as needed.

Use bone in or boneless pork chops.

Suggestion - If you don't have any apple butter try using a marmalade of your choice!