Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine

Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine

My girls are completely addicted to the game Mindcraft.  We let them each play for about 30 minutes each day and then we cut them off.  Sometimes this can get a bit physical…just kidding:-).  The boys in school have been addicted playing for a while and now the girls are starting to get into it.  When I saw what the girls were building I was kind of surprised that the boys would like it so much.  Ella and Taylor build houses and farms and hotels and make them pretty and livable.  So I asked the girls why the boys liked it so much and apparently they do somewhat similar things, but at night zombies come out and destroy everything.  Ohhhhh the differences between boys and girls…funny.

I’m always looking for ways to spruce up pork chops (because they can be kinda boring otherwise) and this recipe was definitely “spruced.”  You can use red or white wine in this recipe.  I happened to go with some white because that was probably what I had on hand.

This is great served over some rice to soak up the sauce.   Enjoy!

Source:  The Pioneer Woman Cooks


Pork Chops with Garlic and Wine
  • 6 whole Pork Chops (medium-to-thin)
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Salt And Pepper
  • 1-½ cup white wine (the original recipe uses red so you can use either)
  • ½ cups Beef Broth (more If Needed)
  • 1 whole Bay Leaf
  • 1 Tablespoon Balsamic Vinegar
  • 18 whole Peeled Garlic Cloves
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter (additional)
  1. Heat your oil and butter in a skillet over high heat.
  2. Sprinkle both sides of your pork chops with salt and pepper and then sear them on both sides. When your chops are a nice golden brown remove from the pan and set aside.
  3. Reduce the heat to medium in the pan and then add garlic cloves. Cook for several minutes and let them get golden brown as well.
  4. Pour in the wine and add the bay leaf. Reduce for several minutes until it has thickened.
  5. Stir in beef broth and add the pork chops back into the pan. Let the chops cook in the liquid for a few minutes and then add the balsamic. Cook for a few more minutes until the chops are completely cooked.
  6. Remove the chops from the pan once more and let the sauce further reduce until the sauce is nice and thick and the garlic is soft. Add 1 tablespoon of butter and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.
  7. Place the chops onto a platter and our the sauce and garlic over all.
  8. Enjoy!


Easy Baked and Grilled BBQ Babyback Ribs

Baked and Grilled Ribs

This is more of a method for baking and grilling bbq ribs vs. a recipe.  I like preparing bbq ribs this way because you do not need to have your grill running for hours on end.  This is also great because many people don’t have a smoker to make traditional BBQ.  Purists won’t necessarily like this method because of the baking at the beginning, but for people looking for great make-at-home-on-a-Sunday-afternoon-ribs, this is a great way to do it!

You need to start these a day ahead so a little (not much) planning is involved.  You will also want to give yourself a little time the day of to let these bake and get nice and tender.  However, don’t let the pre-planning fool you.  This is so easy!

I used a rub and bbq sauce from the Neely’s.  I added a little liquid smoke to the BBQ sauce for good measure.  If you are buying your sauce from the store we love Sweet Baby Ray’s and Trader Joe’s has a great BBQ sauce with some nice kick.  I actually think the two are pretty similar.

We use wood chips to get some smoky flavor into the meat on these ribs.  To do this, you can buy some wood chips at most stores where they sell grilling accessories (Lowe’s, Home Depot, etc.)  Soak about three good handfuls of chips in water for about 45 minutes before you are going to grill.  Divide the chips between two good-sized pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil and wrap them up so they are well secured in the pouches.  Turn the pouches over to the flat side and poke about 8-10 small holes for the smoke to escape.  Place the pouches on the flame shield on your grill.  Jim also uses the bigger chips of wood and places them directly on the shield without soaking or wrapping.  You just need to watch these chips for flare-ups.  A spray bottle is handy if you use this method for smoking.

It is really important to keep the lid closed on the grill when you are smoking your ribs to infuse the smokey flavor into the meat.

I hope you will try this method for serving BBQ ribs this spring or summer.  It really is a pretty foolproof method.  They key is cooking them long enough in the oven so they get nice and tender and then you really are just finishing them off on the grill.  They are already cooked at that point so you are just giving them that nice grilled/smoked flavor.

Drink a nice cold beer while you are grilling and relax out back while the kids play in the yard.  Enjoy!

Easy Baked and Grilled BBQ Babyback Ribs
  • 1 Rack of Pork Babyback Ribs
  • Your favorite BBQ Spice Rub
  • Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
  • ¼ cup Cider vinegar and ¼ cup water mix (optional)
  1. The night before, cut membrane from the back of the ribs with a sharp knife and then liberally spread the BBQ Spice Rub all over the ribs. Wrap in tin foil and place in the refrigerator overnight.
  2. To bake the ribs, set wrapped ribs directly on a baking sheet and place in a preheated 300 degree oven. Bake for 2-2/12 hours. Alternatively, you can unwrap the ribs and place directly on the baking sheet. Pour ¼ cup cider vinegar combined with ¼ water over the ribs. Cover the baking sheet tightly with aluminum foil so no heat will escape. Bake for 2-2/12 hours.
  3. When ribs are finished cooking, heat your grill to medium/low heat - about 300 degrees. Place ribs on the grill over indirect heat. You can place some hickory wood chips on the flame shields under the grate for some added smoky flavor (see info above.) Close the cover of the grill and cook for 10 minutes. Turn ribs and cook with lid closed for another 10 minutes. Turn again and spread BBQ sauce over the ribs. Cover and cook 5 minutes more. Turn and spread BBQ sauce on the other side. Cover and cook 5 minutes more. Total time on the grill is about 30 minutes.
  4. Enjoy!



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