summer season marinades – part 1
I marinate, it’s what I do. Chicken, zucchini, pork, all get it equally and coming up with new marinades is a game I have with myself (and now you). After years of trying random collections of flavors I’ve created a few “go tos”, this being one of them. As I come up with new versions I’ll share them with you as part of this series. The weekend is looking great for BBQing so the kick off to summer season marinades could not have been more perfect.
There aren’t many rules to marinating and measuring does not have to be exact, probably why I like it so much. Cooking successfully without measuring spoons, or cups, was my style for years but I’ve matured and learned to embrace measurements, and thermometers, but more on that later. The point is don’t fuss too much when making a marinade the keys are to use flavors you like together, let it marinate for at least a few hours and keep rotating so everything is coated and soaked evenly.
If you know you’ll be BBQ-ing for dinner prepare the marinade and get the meat in to soak in the morning for best results, and a more relaxed afternoon. Just remember to rotate it every time you open the fridge for a mint ice tea. Using a zip lock bag makes rotating much easier but make sure it’s really zipped (lesson learned) and if you don’t have one large enough or prefer not to use bags a deep glass dish works well too.
This recipe is great for both boneless pork chops or chops with a bone and I’ve yet to see left overs when it’s served with mango and avocado salad-sa.
- Orange marmalade – 1 cup
- Apple cider vinegar –1/3 cup
- Garlic – 3 cloves crushed
- Soy sauce – 4 tablespoons
- Orange juice – 4 tablespoons
- Ground ginger – 2 teaspoons
- Boneless pork chops – 5 chops (about 2 lbs)
- Pepper to taste
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly
- Put pork chops into a quart size zip lock bag and pour in marinade
- Zip bag getting as much air out as possible and gently shake chops to ensure marinade covers all chops
- Put bag into refrigerator and let sit for at least 4-5 hours
- Rotate every ½ hour or so to ensure all sides marinate evenly
- Cook chops on grill about 7 minutes on each side or until cooked thoroughly depending on the thickness of the chops
- Let chops sit for a few minutes before serving