We all prefer pork chops and ribs. We are gluten, dairy, soy & corn free which means I can't just whip out a bottle of sauce to throw on it.
I know cooking it too long is part of my problem - but with a very active toddler running around sometimes I can't get to it!
Help! What are your best pork recipes and tips! My DH will thank you!!!
A whole pork roast or a whole rack of ribs can easily go into the oven at 250 for 4 or 6 hours, and it will be falling off the bone tender when it's done. Season it with a generous hand, add a little bit of liquid to the pan (I've used ginger ale, apple juice, beer, stock or water), cover it and walk away.
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I'm not a fan of ribs and have never cooked them but I know when dh does it, it takes forever.
But we raised our own pigs and they have lots of fat which probably helps.
It will forever change your results with pork! A friend of mine is a chef and taught me this trick, and it is super easy. The first time I made brined pork chops we all thought we'd gone to heaven. Well cooked but none the less moist and juicy with AMAZING flavor.
Recipe for four 10 oz chops or two 1 lb trimmed pork tenderloins:
5 cups water
6 Tbsp sugar
3 Tbsp salt
Mix all ingredients into cool water and stir until dissolved. Place the brine and meat in a container deep enough to hold both, weight the meat with a small plate, cover, and refrigerate for two or three days.
Remove the chops from the brine and run under cool water for a minute, kneading the meat. Dry with paper towels and set in the refrigerator for half an hour before cooking.
I also grind pork butts (I have a meat grinder attachment for my KitchenAid). The ground pork is good as sausage or mixed into ground beef 50/50 to make meatballs or meatloaf.
I can't find the recipe online, but another favorite is crock-pot carnitas: pork cut into 1in cubes and 1 tsp each of salt, pepper, and oregano plus a quartered onion on top. These make tasty tacos, and you can use leftover pork to make cuban sandwiches, yum.
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I usually add thinly sliced onions & garlic too. Country style ribs lend the most flavor, but you could use leaner chops as well. Cook for a while you may have to add more water as you go.
I used to have the same prob with pork as well. Chops cook quickly. Need only 3min or so under the broiler on each side depending on how thick. I used to set a timer for 2 or 3 min to keep myself on track. Now I have it down pat.
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Preheat oven to 350F/175C.
6 thick pork chops
1/2 cup/125 mL chopped onion
1/2 cup/125 mL maple syrup
2 Tbsp/30 mL cider vinegar
2 Tbsp/30 mL Worchestershire sauce
1 tsp/5 mL chili powder
1/2 tsp/2 mL salt
1/4 tsp/1 mL pepper
Place the pork chops in a baking pan or baking dish.
Combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over pork chops.
Bake for about an hour, until no longer pink inside.