Brown Sugar & Thyme Pork Chops
- Serves: 4
- Active Time: 25 mins
- Total Time: 4 hrs
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Step 1: Preparing the Marinade & Marinating• 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
• 9 tbsp grapeseed oil
• 2 garlic cloves
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 2 tsp fresh thyme
• 2 tbsp brown sugar (maple syrup or honey)
• 4 pork chops
• kosher salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)
To prepare the marinade, first toast the cumin seeds in a small pan over low heat until fragrant. Mince the garlic and remove the leaves from the thyme.
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine. Taste the marinade and adjust the flavors to your liking.
Season both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper to taste. Place the pork chops into a shallow dish and pour the marinade over top. Turn the meat to thoroughly coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 2 to 4 hours.
Step 2: Cooking the Pork & Serving• 2 to 3 tsp grapeseed oil
Preheat a large, stainless-steel pan over medium-high heat. Drain the pork chops and lightly pat dry with paper towel to remove any excess marinade. Discard the marinade.
Once the pan is ready, add the oil to the pan, followed by the pork chops. Lower the heat to medium and use the flip often method to cook the pork chops. Cook the pork chops for approximately 8 to 10 minutes or until just cooked through (the pork can be a tiny bit pink inside).
Once done, transfer to a plate and cover with vented foil to rest. Once rested, serve immediately. You may even want to make a pan sauce to accompany the pork.