Monday, July 8, 2013

Weeknight Dinner: Filipino BBQ Pork Chops

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If you "like" me on Facebook, you know that I took finally took a few days off last week to visit John's family and his new nephew in Maine!  It was the first time I had taken more than 1/2 a day off since February!!!  Clearly, I do love my job but it was so nice to just have a little break. We are so busy right now that even though Wednesday was a day "off", I took a few conference calls throughout the drive. 

It's so funny when I do work like that with John because when I come home, I am just silly Dani.  But at work, I actually have a job that is important.  I know John knows that but when he sees it in action it always hits home. Eventually though, everyone at work drifted off to their own Fourth of July plans and I was able to relax and rejuvenate.  One of my favorite parts of hanging out with John's brother and sister-in-law (and now baby) is their love for different ethnic foods. 

John's sister-in-law grew up in Eastern Europe so the food we have there and what they normally have in the refrigerator is completely different than what I grew up with or even what we eat on a normal basis.  Sure, we are pretty adventurous in our palettes and what we make and eat ourselves.  But, it just comes so naturally to John's sister-in-law that it is awesome to watch, and I always pick up a few ideas while we're there.  We have so much fun together we never want to leave! 
Filipino BBQ Pork Chops (adapted from Adora's Box)
Serves:  2
Marinade:
1 cup seltzer
2 lemons, juiced
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire Sauce
1 teaspoon Tabasco Sauce
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 pork chops (2/3 pound)

Glaze:
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Combine seltzer, lemon and lime juices, soy sauce, Worcestershire, Tabasco, garlic, and paprika in a large bag.  Add the pork chops and let marinate at least 30 minutes, preferably overnight. 

Preheat the grill to medium heat.  Make the glaze by whisking together soy sauce, honey, and vegetable oil in a small bowl until just combined.  Grill the pork chops about 6-8 minutes per side, glazing every 2-3 minutes.   
Serve immediately with brown rice.

Until the next time my oven is on...



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