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Tribute to Ken from CA...Root Beer Pork Chops 
Feb. 22, 2010 8:51 am 
Updated: Mar. 7, 2010 8:44 pm
This blog is dedicated to Ken from CA...this is his Root Beer Pork Chop recipe! As a lot of you know, I don't like pork in any form excepting sausage, ham and bacon. It's been 40+ years and I have despaired from ever finding a pork chop recipe that I actually LIKED! Bob, my husband, however, loves pork in any form, so he had bought a whole, pre-cut pork loin and stuck in our friends' freezer. I wanted to stay relatively inexpensive on the food budget this week, so I bit the bullet and asked him to bring home a package of pork. He was ecstatic! First, I made the root beer reduction, you can do this hours ahead of time, if you're so inclined. I made two small changes. I didn't have beef broth, I thought I did, but, I used vegetable stock instead...and I also added roughly a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. You bring the sauce to a boil, lower the heat and just let it hang out and reduce and get full of flavor. The night before, I marinaded 4 thick chops in 2 cans of root beer...that's it...put it in a ziploc freezer bag, stick it in the fridge and FORGETABOUTIT! The longer these marinate in the root beer, the better they are! I found great looking California strawberries at the store and bought them for strawberry shortcake. I added four ingredients to sliced strawberries...
2 tablespoons of white tequila, 1 tablespoon of triple sec, a dash of vanilla and about 1/2 cup of sugar for one pound of strawberries...let it all hang out for at least a couple of hours to marinade...Strawberry Margarita Shortcake...yummmm....

Then I gathered all the necessary tools and headed out to the grill....

The reduction sauce should be rather thick, like this. If it's not, pop it back on low heat for a while and let it simmer away until it is....

I grilled the salt and peppered chops over hot coals, at first, to sear them....then lowered the coals after I flipped took about 10 minutes total...

Then I started basting those suckers with the reduction sauce, first one side...

Then the other...

and OMG! these are FANTASTIC!

I served with just a simple romaine salad and honey-french dressing...

Another look at those fantastic chops....

Ken, this is an amazing recipe that I will forever-more make over and have done the impossible and created a pork recipe that I like...THANK YOU!

Feb. 22, 2010 8:54 am
I don't eat pork chops either but this looks really tasty! Great pictures WW :)
Feb. 22, 2010 8:57 am
Looks good WW. I have been meaning to try those.
Feb. 22, 2010 9:01 am
WOW! That just made me want to go out and buy some pork chops! Great blog and pics!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:04 am
That looks sooo good! Thanks for posting with your wonderful pictures! Ken will be ever so pleased!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:08 am
I love pork too and can not Wait to try these chops! YummO Thanks WW, You are Sensational! Thanks a bunch! Your food photo's have taken a vast improvement with that new camera:)
Feb. 22, 2010 9:08 am
those look so good. maybe i'll have to dig the grill outa the snow bank now. lol keep it up though they look awesome.
Feb. 22, 2010 9:09 am
Ken should henceforth be called the Meat Man. Those carnitas are excellent and these pork chops make me want pork chops. Like you WW, I'm not a big pork fan. . . this could change my ways.
Feb. 22, 2010 9:16 am
Those look so good. I saved the recipe the other day.I hope mine look as good as yours... Thank you Ken and WW!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:39 am
thank you!~ and its low fat too wooohoooo!!! Pattycakes suggested it but im not much of a chop eater but will for sure try this!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:50 am
Thanks - those look great! I love that you highlighted another cook's recipe!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:53 am
Thank you doesn't quite seem fitting. I must say I'm a little red in the face. I'm really glad you enjoyed them and after 40 years you can finally eat a pork chop LOL!
Feb. 22, 2010 9:54 am
yes, I can...and I enjoyed all three bites that I got...the neighbors raved about them! LOL!
Feb. 22, 2010 10:19 am
Great pictures. You have convinced me to try this recipe.
Feb. 22, 2010 10:20 am
Whether you use pork or any other meat, the root beer sauce sounds interesting!
Feb. 22, 2010 11:34 am
Oh Yummmmm Witchy this was great. Who wouda thunk....rootbeer?? I now want to run to the store and get chops and rootbeer!! I am not a pro on the grill but can hold my own, and hub would be in heaven!!! Thanks for sharing!!
Feb. 22, 2010 12:22 pm
I am making these AGAIN tonight...this time I'm being greedy and not sharing with the neighbors...the exact same dinner with 2 exceptions...I'm adding blueberries to the Strawberry Margarita Shortcake and a different salad...Bob wanted an iceberg salad with lotsa carrots in it!
Feb. 22, 2010 12:38 pm have me drooling here!.. I'm jealous of people who can cook meat well; I did try my smoker last week but need to work out the kinks. Ended up pulling out the bird and finishing in my oven since the kids were hungry and temp. was going down despite all my tending to. A well pimped recipe that I'm going to have to try now! Thanks to you and Ken! :)
Tired Cook 
Feb. 22, 2010 5:31 pm
Sounds and looks SOOOO good. I'm going to try this on my "picky eater"!
Feb. 22, 2010 8:33 pm
OMG those look beautiful... I have saved the recipe and look forward to cookin some up soon. I am moving from wa state to ca this weekend. Always LOVE your blogs and stuff WW... I plan to become a supporting member soon - look forward to a maybe AR friendship w/ ya WW!
Feb. 23, 2010 6:54 am
If it wasn't snowing I would really like to make these tonight. They look delicious.
Feb. 23, 2010 7:35 am
I just want to say I love your blogs, I think you are a tremendous asset to AR, and I hope you keep pimping your blogs and get a big fat book contract from someplace!
Feb. 23, 2010 10:34 am
They look awesome WW, will be putting rootbeer on the grocery list!!
Feb. 23, 2010 11:04 am
These look terrific. Root beer marinade sounds a little strange, but these look so good I think I'll try it anyway!
Feb. 23, 2010 1:06 pm
It is snowing like mad here, but we are grilling this chops tonight anyway! We will just pop open the garage door and grill away! Can't wait. And by the way, I never got that FB friend do you go about finding someone on there that you have "met" here on the RE?
Mar. 7, 2010 8:44 pm
OMG!!!! these look incredible and i AM MAKING THEM THIS WEEK! i make a dr. pepper flank steak on the grill.... just like this
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