Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Sweet & Spicy Grilled Pork Chops

5 WWPP Posted by 7 years ago 14 Comments

Yesterday I took out some boneless pork chops out for dinner and I had NO idea what to do with them. It was beautiful outside, so I decided on grilling but I didn’t want to do plain old boring BBQ sauce. What can I say, I’m an experimenter!

So I thought I’d whip together a quick sweet and spicy marinade/BBQ sauce using apple flavor as the base. I love apples and pork together and this is my attempt to BBQ-nize it.

Did the husband like it? Well, let’s see….Sweet & Spicy Grilled Pork Chops on grill

Me: “So, what do you think?” (Side note: that was after a few bites and he KNOWS I’m dying to hear is review. He purposely holds back until I ask, I swear!)
The Husband: “It’s good.”
Me: “Good, good? Or just good?” (I love annoying him!)
The Husband: “It’s good. A little too sweet though.”
Me: “WOW really? I thought you were going to say too hot. I was going for the whole sweet and spicy thing.”
The Husband: “Well, I like the hot, the sweet, no so much.”
Me: “But that was the point, SWEET and spicy.”
The Husband: “ok, well I don’t like the sweet. It’s too sweet.”
Me: “But you like them?”
The Husband: “Yea, they’re good.”

This is a pretty typical conversation for us when I experiment in the kitchen. The husband really isn’t a food guy, his response is either, “It’s good” or he doesn’t eat it. It’s like there is no in between. It CRACKS me up!

Anyway, here you go. It was a fun, spicy detour from regular old BBQ sauce. Oh! And too spicy for the toddler, he had a plain chop. Sweet & Spicy Grilled Pork Chops

  • 1 tbsp molasses
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp applesauce
  • 1 tbsp ketchup
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco (this made it pretty hot, you might want to cut it back)
  • 4 boneless pork loin chops (about 4 oz each – 1 lb total)
  • Salt & Pepper

Mix the molasses, vinegar, applesauce, ketchup and Tabasco.

Season the pork chop with salt and pepper and smother with the sauce. Grill for a 3-4 min a side on a preheated grill and brush with reamining sauce. If you have thin cuts like mine, they cook up real fast. I think the thick asparagus actually took longer to grill!

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
4 1 chop
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
183 9g 0g old: 5 new: 5
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
4g 4g 6g 21g

See other recipes using: applesauce, ketchup, molasses, pork, pork chops, tabasco

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    April 17, 2008

    i like my pork chops baked in orange juice and brown sugar, so there's no "too sweet" for me. :) this definitely sounds worthy of a try. Reply


    April 17, 2008

    yum! i'm always looking for new marinades! for pork i use a 1 to 1 mixture of dijon mustard and apricot preserves...the husband loves it. Reply


    April 17, 2008

    YUM both those ideas sound delish! Reply


    April 18, 2008

    The 'Roni and Husband' commentary was great. Maybe sometime he could do an interview on film....he could be the man in the shadows w/ a changed voice or something. would be great. Maybe he could tell us ways that he supported you, changes he has noticed in you other than weight loss, and then he could tell us about his favorite dishes you make. Reply


    April 18, 2008

    I love Christy's idea of the man in the shadows...supberb thought.... But if he's anything like my DH he'd never go for it or be a tad too vulgar for public consumption!! LOL The chops sounds deeelish!, and I like that mustard apricot glaze idea also...think I may try it with sugar free peach jam and dijon....hmmm, tummy's growling! ~Michele Reply


    April 18, 2008

    He would NEVER do that! LOL I've been trying to get him to blog with me. He's so funny and witty but he's more of an introvert then I. I've been bugging him about it and I think he may be breaking down. ;~P Reply


    April 19, 2008

    They sound and look yummy! I'll be adding them to my list of recipes to try! When I make a new recipe for dinner and ask the husband how he likes it....the teen pipes up, "Why? What'd you do to it?" The best response I've had from my hubby on a new recipe was this, "Well, it's the best (insert dish name) I've ever had. But, you don't have to go to all this trouble again!" ha ha ha! Always thinking of me! LOL Reply


    April 20, 2008

    I made these tonight, and they were very good. Very moist! But I chickened out and didn't add the Tabasco. As a compromise, my husband suggested that we try sriracha sauce instead next time. I think I could try that. After all, we add it to the sauce for the Boboli pizzas, and it's pretty good. Reply

    Michele Dochat

    January 9, 2009

    Hmmm, revisiting this post because I have chops defrosting at home as I type this and trying to think of how to make them... Maybe a cherry dijon glaze...I'm thinking of peach and dijon ork, then cherries are a no-brainer! Reply