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Course: Mains
Keyword: Gluten-Free, Make-Ahead, Meat, Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops, Pork, Southern, Weeknight Dinner

Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops

ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Molasses and strong coffee bring depth of flavor these easy grilled pork chops. The well-balanced marinade does double duty as a thick and flavorful glaze that transforms the humble chop into an entree special enough for company.
This recipe first appeared in Season 12 of Good Eats.
Photo by Lynne Calamia
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  • 1 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
  • 6 ounces molasses, by weight
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for seasoning meat
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 (6- to 8-ounce) 1-inch thick, bone-in pork chops

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ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings


  • Combine all of the ingredients in a 1-gallon zip-top bag, seal, and shake to combine. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 2 hours or up to overnight.
  • When ready to cook, heat a grill to medium-high.
  • Remove the pork chops from the marinade. Transfer the marinade to a small saucepan and place over high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium, and boil gently, stirring often, until reduced to about 1/2 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the thyme stems after the glaze has reduced.
  • Meanwhile, grill the pork chops until they reach an internal temperature of 145ºF, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Allow the pork chops to rest 5 minutes before serving with the glaze.
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