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Pork Chops with Maple Syrup Glaze

Pork Chops with Maple Syrup GlazeThe spices of the the marinade offset the maple syrup's sweetness. Serve with baked sweet potato, buttered Brussels sprouts and grilled apples.

Recipe Ingredients:

6 bone-in pork chops, 1 1/4-inch thick
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 shallots, thinly sliced
4 bay leaves, finely chopped
2 tablespoons juniper berries, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage, or 1 teaspoon dried sage
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Cooking Directions:

  1. For marinade, in a small bowl combine 1/4 cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, shallots, bay leaves, juniper berries, sage, garlic and pepper. Rub the marinade over all surfaces of the pork chops. Place chops in shallow baking dish. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 6 to 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain chops, discarding marinade. Sprinkle chops with salt.
  3. In a small bowl stir together the 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar; set aside.
  4. Place chops on a kettle-style grill directly over medium-hot coals, lower grill hood and grill chops for 12 to 16 minutes, turning once, until chops are barely done. Brush chops with syrup mixture. Lower grill hood and grill for 1 minute more.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/6 of recipe): Calories 240 calories Protein 26 grams Fat 10 grams Sodium 68 milligrams Cholesterol 76 milligrams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.