Root Beer Pork Chops Recipe
Pork chops are marinated in root beer and then glazed with a reduction of root beer, beef stock, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar while on the grill for a simple and tasty main dish.
I really wanted to love this recipe. I love root beer and I'm always looking for new ways to do pork chops. I followed the recipe exactly - marinating in the root beer and then using fresh root beer to combine with the other ingredients and reducing the liquid down to 3/4 cup and using it as a 'glaze' while grilling. The end result was -- ok. The chops were a little on the sweet side - but that's really all there was. It seemed like a lot of effort for only an 'ok' end result. For us, they were average - not bad - but not particularly special. **8/23/2010 update - I used the leftovers from this in the Pork Salad Croissant recipe from this site. The leftovers worked GREAT in this salad. The sweetness of the root beer was a nice complement to the spice of the chutney in the recipe and worked well with the apple and grape.
After talking to Ken about my experience with this recipe, I decided on reviewing it two ways. First of all, as written, while still producing a tender finished dish, I give it a 4, for the fact that, even beyond "personal taste", I think this would be a bit bland, but with SO much potential. That said, it turns into an easy 5 star with Ken's changes, which he states in his review. So, I added more chipotle hot sauce, a fair bit of black pepper, more Worcestershire sauce, and I did marinate the chops in all of those ingredients, not just the root beer. Followed the rest of the recipe as stated. We used Barq's root beer because we much prefer the "bite" to it, as opposed to a sweeter one. I would do it all the same next time, other than omitting the brown sugar, but, again, that's only a personal taste in not liking things as sweet as some, do. That does NOT lower my rating. :) Thank you, Ken, for the addition and the clarifying review. :)
I'd printed this recipe off and gave it to my dad for him to make sometime (I'm not big on grilling, myself) and he finally got around to it tonight. It was a winner! We all ate it and enjoyed it. My dad said it took more work than he usually likes to put into cooking supper, but I consider that a good thing - much better than a bottled sauce or marinade. Thanks for the great recipe Ken.
A keeper! My husband and I made this for my mother visiting from out of state. I did use a tsp of the chipotle tabasco sauce and I still felt it could have used a little more kick but my Mom thought it was perfect as I had made it, a good balance.
Get more fermented foods in your diet with this pork chop and sauerkraut recipe prepped in the slow cooker.
Pork chops marinate in a savory, sweet mixture of Italian dressing, hot sauce, applesauce, and lime juice before they hit the grill. Marinate them ahead, and cook them later.
This is a tried and true recipe for pork chops, but it works great using chicken too. With chicken, cooking time is more like 40 minutes for thick breasts.