I wanted to develop a sweet and tangy Grecian-style marinade for pork chops on the grill. The honey also helps tenderize the meat and gives it a beautiful browning ability. I hope you enjoy this! (I didn't want marinade to have a strong garlic flavor, which is why I chose garlic salt.) Note: Times given do not include marinating time of at least 4 hours.
- Trim fat from chops and pierce each side with fork twice. Place in resealable bag.
- In small bowl, combine honey, lemon peel, lemon juice, oregano, oil, garlic salt and cayenne pepper. Pour over chops.
- Seal bag and turn to coat chops.
- Marinate in refrigerator for 4-24 hours, turning bag occasionally.
- Drain chops and discard marinade.
- For a Charcoal Grill: Place chops on grill rack over medium coals.
- Grill uncovered for 11-14 mins., turning once halfway through, until chops are slightly pink in center and juices run clear.
- For gas grill: Preheat grill on high, then reduce heat to medium.
- Place chops on rack over heat, cover, and grill as above.
We really loved these chops! I marinated the meat for 8 hours and DH basted as he grilled. The result was succulent chops with layers of flavor. I initially thought it a tad sweet but DH thought that part was perfect. He thought the oregano was a dominant flavor yet I would consider adding more another time. By the end of the meal we both thought they were just great as is. I am a total heat wimp but used the amount of cayenne recommended. I could not discern any heat which makes it perfect for me. For those who like a little burn I'd suggest upping the cayenne. I served them with Ellinikos Lemoni Patatas (Greek Lemon Potatoes) and roasted carrots. We will be making this many times over the summer. Thanks so much for posting!
This is a good recipe--we liked the lemony flavor. Take the chops off about 5 minutes before you think they will be done and put them on a covered plate--this helps them from drying out too much on the grill.