Today’s recipe is inspired by a popular item served at the Minnesota State Fair.
Just about every year since I moved to Minnesota I’ve visited the State Fair and the grilled pork chop on a stick has been one of my favorites. In a sea of junk food, it’s always been a really simple, delicious meal.
But as my food values have changed and I’ve grown more concerned about where my food comes from, I decided I’d like to try and replicate the amazing flavor of this grilled pork chop at home using sustainably-raised, pastured pork. So here’s the delicious recipe I’ve come up with and some tips to grilling a better pork chop!
4 tips for grilling a great pork chop!
Grilling a great pork chop isn’t hard. You just need to know some tricks to making them turn out delicious. Here are my four tried and true tips for making a great, grilled pork chop:
- Brine. Brining brings a whole lot of flavor and juiciness to pork. This really is worth the effort so try to make the time to brine. Do it the night before, the morning of, or even just a couple hours before you grill, and you’re all set!
- Season. I’ve been fiddling around with this one for a while. Below is my “secret” blend of seasonings that brings out the amazing flavors when grilling grilled pork chops.
- Smoke. I love grilling with a little smoke from mesquite, hickory, or applewood chips. Adding a smoker box to your gas or charcoal grill is super easy, and it really provides an amazing touch of flavor.
- Choose Wisely. Most pork products are the result of very inhumane treatment so I recommend choosing sustainable, responsibly-raised pork. I you’re interested in learning more check out “Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat” by Barry Estabrook. And to find local, sustainable, pastured-raised options, ask your butcher, check your local food co-op, or search for a farmer at LocalHarvest.org.
Ready to start grilling? Then here are your recipes! Ready, set, grill!
Kitchen Tips and Resources:
Here are some of the suggestions mentioned above that can help you grill up a better pork chop!
- I bought this smoker box for my grill and it has lastest decades!
- Here’s a great source for organic, pesticide-free mesquite, hickory, and applewood chips to get you “smoking” with your grill.
- “Pig Tales: An Omnivore’s Quest for Sustainable Meat” by Barry Estabrook is a great read that will help you learn more about where your meat comes from.