Pork chops can be found in a variety of sizes at your local grocery store. It is best to select a chop that is at least one inch thick. Pork chops thinner than an inch thick tend to overcook. Pork chops also come either boneless or on the bone. Either of these work well for grilling.
The key when cooking the pork, no matter how thick, is to remove it from the grill once it reaches 140 degrees and let it sit for about 10 minutes. At 140 degrees all of the harmful bacteria in the pork are eliminated. As the pork sits it will continue to cook and raise its temperature about 5 or more degrees. Many people wait until the pork reaches 150 to 160 degrees before removing it from the grill. This creates an overcooked, tough chop. The recipe below not only cooks the chops to 140 degrees, but also requires basting for extra moisture and flavor. Try this delicious recipe and let me know what you think in the Chinese food forum. Enjoy!
4 boneless 1 inch thick pork chops
1 cup hoisin sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tbsp sherry
1 tbsp hot chili garlic sauce
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp honey
- Prepare the pork chops by removing all of the fat. Then poke both sides of each chop with a fork. Place the chops in a container with a tight fitting lid to be marinated.
- In a separate bowl, mix together thoroughly all of the ingredients for the marinade. Pour the marinade over the pork chops and stir them to coat. Place them in the refrigerator and marinate overnight.
- When you are ready to cook the chops, pre heat the grill to medium high.
- Once the grill is hot remove the chops from the marinade and immediately place them on the grill. Reserve the marinade in the container and let the pork chops sit for 2 minutes.
- After 2 minutes, rotate the chops, donít flip them yet. Just turn them to make nice grill marks on the one side.
- Then using the reserved marinade, lightly baste each pork chop.
- Let them cook another 2 minutes and then flip them.
- Lightly baste again with the remaining marinade.
- After another 2 minutes, rotate them to create grill marks on the other side and lightly baste them one more time.
- After 2 more minutes check to make sure that the internal temperature of each pork chop has reached 140 degrees.
- Once they are done, remove them from the heat, cover them with foil and let them sit for about 10 minutes and then serve.
- These pork chops are wonderful served with fried rice and stir fried green beans. Makes 4 servings.