Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Smoked Pork Chops with Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce

It is kind of strange but the last two episodes a recipe including pork chops has been the favorite dish on The Next Food Network Star. Now I would not be a good Southerner if I did not like pork chops, so do not get me wrong I just find it odd.

Recipe courtesy Adam Gertler
See this recipe on air Thursday Jul. 24 at 9:00 PM ET/PT.
The Next Food Network Star
Episode: Ultimate Vegas Buffet

Brine, recipe follows
4 double-cut pork chops, approximately 2 inches thick (about 12 to 14 ounces)
Light olive oil, for brushing
8 cups water, for boiling
Peach bourbon BBQ sauce, recipe follows

Special equipment:
stove top smoker or Weber kettle grill

Once the brine has cooled completely, add the chops and allow to soak for at least 6 but no more than 12 hours. Remove chops from brine just before smoking.

Smoke pork until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F, or about 1 to 2 hours
Keep grill temperature at approximately 200 to 250 degrees F or pork will overcook. Smoke chops until internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F. After desired internal temperature is reached, brush chops lightly with oil and grill over hot coals for 1 1/2 minutes; rotate 1/4 turn clockwise and grill 1 minute more to create attractive grill marks. Flip chop and repeat grilling method; the prettier side is the top.

Chops should ultimately reach an internal temperature of 150 to 160 degrees F. If necessary, place chops in 375 degree F oven after grilling to finish cooking. For an extra fancy presentation, pull the pork off the bone, slice into 1/4-inch strips and fan out on the plate.

Brush grilled chops with melted butter and let rest 2 minutes before serving. Place each chop on the plate on a serving plate. Serve with peach bourbon BBQ sauce.

Serving suggestion:

Try adding a starch as an accompaniment: mashed potatoes, stewed white beans, or even steamed brown rice.


8 cups water
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 cups kosher salt
1 cup brown sugar
3 bay leaves
1 tablespoon whole black peppercorns
6 cloves fresh garlic, cut in 1/2

In a nonreactive, stainless steel 8-quart saucepan, bring all brine ingredients to a boil and stir until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Transfer to a 1-gallon plastic or stainless steel container and refrigerate until completely cooled.

Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3/4 cup minced shallots
2 (16-ounce) bags frozen peaches
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/3 cup light brown sugar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/3 cup bourbon whiskey Kosher
salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a medium saucepan melt butter over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sweat for several minutes until soft. Add peaches, bring to simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and chicken stock. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until thick. Add whiskey, return to simmer, cook for 5 more minutes and remove from the heat. Adjust seasoning and sweetness. Puree mixture with immersion blender or food processor until smooth and thick.


Elle said...

Oh my gosh, these look fabulous! And that sauce? That's like the icing on the cake. It sounds delicious!