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Grilled Pork Chops with Maple Apple Pear Sauce
Cook's Notes: Despite the continual downpours we are still keeping the grill season going. A seasoned rub for the pork enhances the flavor of the dish. A maple pear apple sauce drizzled over the chops gives it the piece de resistance. Serve the chops and sauce over a wild rice mixture or couscous for a healthy option.
No need to wait for a Sunday to serve this entree, it's good any night of the week. Recipe serves 4.
- 1-1/2 oz. boneless pork tenderloin
- 3 medium pears, peeled and coarsely chopped (I used Bartlett)
- 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
- 3 TB. dried tart red cherries
- 3/4 cup apple juice
- 1/3 cup water
- 1-1/2 tsp. cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp. thyme (crushed) or 1 tsp. snipped fresh thyme
- 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary (crushed) or 2 tsp. snipped fresh rosemary
- Sprinkle of cinnamon
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 TB. chili powder
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut meat into 4 serving size pieces.
- Mix pork rub ingredients.
- Using your fingers apply the rub both sides of the meat working it into the meat.
- Let meat rest for 20 minutes before grilling at 325 degrees. Turn once during cooking time.
- Cook 20-25 minutes or until meat registers 145.
- Tent meat when done to keep warm.
- Mix cornstarch with water and add to saucepan with maple syrup, dried cherries, apple juice, spices and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Mix well and add in pears, bringing to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer gently about 3 minutes or until pears are tender.