Hey, foodies! Are you tired of grilling up a thick and juicy pork chop, only to struggle through each bite because it too tough to chew on?
Today I’m taking on a classic dish, but we’re not just going to grill any old chop, we’re going to tackle the ultimate problem: tough and chewy pork chops.
Sharing with you my recipe for a delicious, flavorful pork chop that won’t disappoint you.
Ingredients for Grilled Pork Chop
- 1.5 lb pork loin chop bone-in (thin cut)
- 1 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp oyster sauce
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp black pepper
- ½ tsp of 5 spice powder
- ½ tsp cayenne powder
- 1 tbsp of sriracha
- 2 tbsp cooking oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
- ½ orange
- 1/3 cup of milk
- Minced garlic
- Minced shallot
Marinate and grill the pork chop
- Start by combining soy sauce, sugar, oyster sauce, salt, black pepper, 5 spice powder, cayenne powder, sriracha, cooking oil, honey, and dark soy sauce in a medium bowl. Mix together until well combined.
- Before marinating the pork chop, pound it with a meat mallet to break up the protein fibers. Doing this makes the meat more tender and juicier when cooked.
- In a larger bowl, add the pork chop, minced garlic, minced shallot, milk, and orange and mix well.
- Make sure to cover the pork chop completely and marinate it overnight.
- Bake the pork chop on a grill or in an oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 °F, about 30 minutes at 370 °F depending on your oven.
- Top the meat with scallion and oil before serving.
The secret to tenderize the pork chop
Milk is an effective tenderizer for pork chops when used in marinades. It contains a naturally occurring enzyme which helps break down proteins, making the pork chop more tender. It also helps to keep the pork chop from drying out during the cooking process, resulting in a juicy, tender meat.
In addition to its tenderizing properties, milk can also help to impart flavor to the pork chop. The proteins in the milk bind with the natural proteins in the pork chop, allowing the flavors to penetrate the meat.
Adding the orange in the marinade
This creates a good amount of acidity, which helps to further break down the proteins in the pork chop, resulting in an even more tender meat.
For best results, it is recommended to marinate the pork chop for at least 8 hours.
This allows the ingredients to work their magic and helps to ensure a juicy and tender piece of pork.