Sunday, November 9, 2008

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

For dinner tonight I tried out a new Pork Chop recipe I have been really excited to make. They turned out SO good I had to post the recipe before I forgot! I actually just found it online and made some minor changes. I was told it tasted like something you would order @ a restaurant! I think thats a pretty good indicator of how good these were! We love pears in this family so I wanted to try using them in a main dish.... Let me know what you think!

1 1/2 quarts water
4 TBSP kosher salt
2 TBSP sugar
6 pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick

1/2 cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, crushed
1 TBSP fresh rosemary, minced

1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
1 TBSP butter
1 TBSP olive oil
2 vidalia onions, each cut into 8 wedges
2 pears, cored and each cut into 8 wedges
1 tsp. salt

In a large bowl stir together kosher salt, sugar, and water. Add pork chops to this brine and let soak for no more than 1 hour (I did 40 minutes). Drain and discard brine. Pat pork chops dry with paper towel.

In a shallow dish or ziplock bag, stir together the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Place pork chops in the marinade and turn to coat. Marinate in refrigerator for @ least 1 or 2 hours.

Pour balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. When the vinegar cools it should be the consistency of syrup.

Melt butter and olive oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and pears; quickly brown, being careful to keep the pear wedges intact. Once the onions and pears are browned, reduce heat to low, and cook for an additional 7 minutes, or until tender. Stir in the reduced vinegar and salt. This can all be prepared to this point ahead of time.

Pre heat grill to medium high.  Cook pork chops for about 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Remove from grill and serve with onion/pear glaze on top of pork. Num, Num, Num.
I served these with garlic mashed red potatoes and pan fried asparagus. It was a great meal!


  1. Wow!! These sound divine! I soo want to try them but I'm afraid my picky eaters would throw a fit. ;) I love that you are so willing to try new recipes! Can you tell us how you make your mashed red potatoes & how you pan fry asparagus? I'm such a nerd! ;)

  2. I made this for dinner last night, so delicious! Aaron LOVED it!

  3. I made these when the in-laws were in town and they were a big hit again. Really not a hard recipe either for those of you who think it looks intense.

  4. I made this last Monday. It was delicious! I thought your pairing of garlic potatoes and asparagus would be perfect, and it was! I didn't eat the pork, obviously, but still had some of the pears and onions with my potatoes and they were great! Thanks!

  5. delicious! This is one of my favorites!

  6. Another winner, I am addicted to your blog now