Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops
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.
ACTIVE TIME: 20 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 8 hours 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
- 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
- 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
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-high, 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.