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Monday, May 17, 2010

Pork Chops with Carolina Rub (psst...don't forget the sauce)

The best thing about this rub and can be used on chicken AND fish! Heck, the rub could even be used on steak and ribs!  I love versatile recipes like that!  They make me happy!!  And this recipe made me happy!  I think I did a little dance right after I took the first bite!  It was just this wonderful spicy bite with the sauce giving off a zing-y coolness.  The combination was perfect.

I used cayenne pepper in this rub, but if you want to keep the spice level down, use chili powder instead.  Personally, I love the spice, but I don't think I need to tell you that if you have been reading my blog for awhile now.

The sauce came out of my own kitchen.  Just a simple blend of mayo and mustard.  It is simple but could be used with any number of dishes...once again: versatile! YAY!!

Pork Chops with Carolina Rub & Mustard Sauce
Adapted from Cooking Light
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 center cut pork loin chops
1/4 cup barbecue sauce
non-stick spray
Mustard Sauce **recipe to follow**

Combine the first 7 ingredients in a small bowl.  Rub both sides of the pork chops with the rub.  Let stand in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Place the pork chops on a preheated grill rack that has been coated with non-stick spray.  Grill 4-5 minutes.  Turn pork; grill 2 minutes.  Brush 1 Tablespoon bbq sauce on each chop and continue to grill another 2-3 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.  Remove from grill and let stand 2 minutes before cutting into it.  Serve with Mustard sauce.  Enjoy!

(Nutritional information - 1 fillet:  185 calories; 6.9g fat; 24.6g protein; 5g carbohydrates; 65mg cholesterol; 477mg sodium; 0.8g fiber)

Mustard Sauce
1/3 cup mayonnaise
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon onion powder 
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 drops hot pepper sauce

Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.  Cover and refrigerator until ready to serve.

1 comment:

StephenC said...

If it weren't 8:20 am I'd be hungry looking at these (I don't eat anything until noon.)

We have 2 pork chops in the freezer I'm going to cook in a few days. I think I'll try this.