Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
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Serves: 4
  • 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
  1. Mix all ingredients except the pork chops in a non-reactive bowl (glass or plastic).
  2. Place the pork chops in a zipper-top plastic bag, then pour in the marinate and close the top so no liquid escapes.
  3. 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).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve and enjoy! Potato salad goes nicely with these chops as does a simple side salad.
Adapted from Alton Brown’s Coffee Marinated Pork Chops. I use garlic powder in my marinade because fresh garlic usually burns on the grill and tastes bitter, powdered garlic eliminates this problem. I also add espresso powder to my marinade to help enhance the coffee flavour in the final product.
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