Apples and pork go really well together and the addition of the orange and thyme is just a yummy little zip that I know you’ll love.
Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A “must try” recipe!
- 1 – 1 1/2 lbs boneless pork chops
- SPICE RUB:
- 2 Tbsp brown sugar
- 2 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp fresh thyme minced (can substitute 1/4-1/2 tsp dried thyme)
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- CIDER GLAZE:
- 1 1/2 cups apple cider
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
- 2 tsp orange zest
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Combine cider glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to LOW and simmer.
- Preheat your grill pan or outside grill over MED/MED-HIGH heat.
- Add spice rub ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Mixture will resemble a dry paste.
- Dry pork chops then rub liberally with spice rub mixture. Really massage it into the meat.
- Once grill is hot, spray with cooking oil then place the pork chops on the grill.
- Brush with the sauce that’s been simmering and grill for about 4 minutes or so.
- Flip chops over, brush with sauce, and grill for about 4 minutes.
- Continue to liberally brush the chops with the glaze as they cook, and once they’re cooked through, remove them to a plate to rest for a few minutes.
- Drizzle chops with some remaining sauce and sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.