Grilled Pork Chops with Spice Paste


Take a dry rub, add moisture and you have a paste.  The moisture component can be beer, honey, cider vinegar, bourbon, wine, molasses, or it can simply be vegetable oil, as in this recipe...




I would not have thought something as easy as a little paste spread on meat would work so well to create such tasty chops; it was a delicious surprise!

Pastes such as this one are a great way to spice up your meats.  They are a blend of such things as paprika, dry mustard, onion powder, chili powder, cayenne, dried oregano or thyme, and garlic, sometimes a little sugar.  


There are tons of pastes available in the grocery store, but the best one will be made with spicy ingredients from your kitchen cabinet using this great recipe:

It’s a simple easy Everyday Food recipe that I adapted very slightly ~ mince some garlic and blend it together with a little oil, brown sugar and paprika.  I added cayenne pepper and coarsely ground black pepper for more pizzazz.  Spread the mixture over the meat and refrigerate for up to 3 hours before grilling.

Ready for the grill!

This simple spice paste is a wonderful thing for smoky grilled pork chops ~ they're a great tasty contribution to your protein intake for the day!


Yield: 4

Grilled Pork Chops with Spice Paste

A tasty paste for perfect grilled pork chops, from a slightly adapted Everyday Food recipe.

Ingredients:

4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
2 tablespoons coarse salt
2 teaspoons paprika
½ teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 bone-in pork loin chops (about 8 ounces each) 1” thick, trimmed of excess fat

Instructions:

In a bowl, mix together all the seasonings and oil until a paste forms.
Coat pork chops with paste and wrap in plastic.
Refrigerate 1 hour, or up to 3 hours.
Heat grill to medium-high, clean and lightly oil hot grates.
Grill pork until desired doneness, depending on thickness, about 7 minutes per side.
Let rest 5 minutes before serving.




Enjoy!





34 comments:

  1. That sounds delicious, but when I use sugar in a marinade or rub, the flames from the charcoal tend to burn it black instead of just making it a nice grilled brown color. That might be due to using real charcoal, not a gas grill.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. HI Mae! I don't do any grilling but cooking the chops the traditional low and slow way would probably work ~ keeping the heat below the temp that sugar burns. Our grill works with charcoal and gas both, but these chops are cooked on the gas side. Thanks for the visit~

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  2. That looks amazing! I love your homemade marinade too. Bet it would be great to use with chicken thighs too.

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    1. Thanks, Angie! We really liked it. And it would be great on chicken thighs also. Take care

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  3. Dear Pam, I love making pastes and you are correct!! the best ones come from the spices in your own kitchen cabinet. Thinking up different combos is fun. I was soooooo happy to see a post from you. It made my heart sing! I bet that bbq smelled delicious! xoxo Catherine

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    1. Hi Catherine! Thanks! Yes, the possibilities are endless, and it fun to experiment and try different spices. Here's wishing you a great rest of the week! Take care xoxo

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  4. Paprika, garlic, olive oil, coarse salt - are constants in my kitchen, and indeed I sometimes combine them to make a spicy paste for meats.
    (By the way,the word 'paste' is also used by me when I combine henna powder with water ; this kind of paste is not for culinary purposes, but it requies a bit of skill).

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    1. Hi Duta! Yes, I use all those ingredients most days when cooking. Interesting with your version of paste, guess there are a lot of things it could apply to. Thanks and take care.

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  5. This sounds just perfect, have made a note of this for the next time we have pork it sounds delicious. Keep well Diane

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    1. Hi Diane! I hope you give it a go and like it too. Thanks for stopping by! Take care

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  6. Pam, Great idea... We spice up everything we cook using spices and marinades, but pastes never occurred to us. Thanks and those pork chops look great! take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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    1. Thanks, David! Have a great rest of the week!

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  7. Love rubs! Pastes are even better, and this one looks like it's loaded with flavor. Nice think about a paste is you can blend more flavors into it. This looks like a super recipe -- thanks.

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    1. Thanks, John! Yes, it's a good thing to experiment with, with good results most of the time. Take care

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  8. I tend to marinate chops, but a rub is a fabulous idea! Especially when it's as delicious as your spice paste!

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    1. Hi Liz! Not sure why, but the chops seem a little more tender to me when made with a rub, plus it's easy. Thanks for the visit!

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  9. You can't go wrong with brown sugar, paprika, and cayenne, can you? The nice thing about pastes is that you cad add a bit of acid to them for better penetration.

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    1. Good point, Cook! I'll try it next time. And brown sugar with the spices is a good thing. Thanks!

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  10. Beer, honey and bourbon - delicious!!!

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    1. Hi Cakelaw! Right on! They'll all be good! Take care

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  11. That looks delicious! Your spice paste sounds fabulous!

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    1. Hi Joyce! Thanks, and have a good weekend!

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    1. Natalia, thanks! Delicious for sure!

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  13. Oh so good looking!!!!! What kind of grill do you cook on? Hubby just bought a new pellet grill. I know these chops would be great cooked on it.

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    1. Thanks, Shug! It's a Char-Griller---3 units to cook with, either gas, charcoal or smoker, plus an extra burner for skillets, etc. Never tried a pellet grill, but that would be good too. Charcoal is my favorite though! Have a good weekend!

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  14. I just gotta say: I LOVE PORK CHOPS!

    M : )

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    1. Hi Melinda! I DO TOO! :-) Take care

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  15. Oh they look absolutely mouthwatering! What a meal!

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    1. Thanks, Katerina! We have to cook on the grill a lot now as grilling season is really short here. :-) Have a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Ivy! Hope all is well your way!

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  17. great spices! that brown sugar must caramelize up SO nicely!

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