This is by far one of my favorite marinades for pork. I normally use pork chops on the grill and they always come out tender and slightly sweet when I use this marinade due to the acidiy in the coffee. The acid in the coffee does a fantastic job of softening the meat, which makes the pork chops very tender on the grill. The molasses give the resulting meat a deeply hearty flavor too.
Although I’ve never tried it, I could imagine this being a great marinade for other cuts of the pig as well or for beef. For the grill, it’s best to use pork chops that are nicely marbled and not too lean. Lean pork chops dry out easily on the grill and taste like cardboard (but you already knew that).
- 250ml (I cup) strong coffee, cold
- 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
- 175ml (6 oz. dry weight) molasses
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 4 pork chops
- Mix all ingredients except the pork chops in a non-reactive bowl (glass or plastic).
- Place the pork chops in a zipper-top plastic bag, then pour in the marinate and close the top so no liquid escapes.
- Marinade for 20 minutes, up to overnight. The longer the chops sit in the marinate, the better (obviously not for a week but up to 24 hours).
- Cook the chops on the grill until they aren’t pink in the centre. You can also tell pork chops are cooked thoroughly when they have some give, the edges have turned brown from the sugar in the molasses crystalizing and a knife can’t easily be poked in the center.
- Serve and enjoy! Potato salad goes nicely with these chops as does a simple side salad.
|For those of you living in Norway, molasses can be found in most health food stores or natural foods stores.|