Sunday, September 5, 2010

java chops

Molasses and Coffee Pork Chops

Teri posted this fabulous recipe on her blog Working the Earth a week or two ago. The intriguing coffee- molasses combo was just begging me to give it a whirl. The dark, robust flavor is peaked with the ginger and thyme. Hurry and make this before grilling season is over and the season of woolly-socks-and-crock-pots moves in!

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
6 oz. molasses (about 1/2 cup)
2 Tbsp apple cidar vinegar
1 Tbsp dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1/2 tsp ground ginger
6-8 sprigs fresh thyme
4 6-8 oz. bone-in pork chops

Marinate at least 2 hours or overnight. Preheat grill to medium. Pour marinade into saucepan, boil gently until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 12-15 min. Remove thyme stems. Grill chops 4-6 minutes per side (internal temperature 145). Rest for 5 min. Serve with glaze. Heaven.

Thanks, Teri, this one is going to be a regular at the manor.

44 comments:

  1. Ack! I am grill-less. There's gotta be a way to adapt this for the oven or saucepan. It sounds exotic and fabulous.

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  2. Molasses and coffee...this recipe adds a new vista on chops!

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  3. J.G., you should try it with thin cut, bone-in chops and cook them under your broiler!

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  4. Thanks Willow for the link. It really is a good one, isn't it! I hope those followers of yours enjoy it as much as you and I did. I bet you could grill in in the oven or even pan-fry it...just as long as it was marinated and then served with the sauce. Yum-my!

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  5. Well, I'm a bit of a coffee-addict, so this recipe is my idea of heaven! Such an interesting fusion of flavours. I shall most certainly give it a go, thanks for the recipe, Willow.

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  6. Sounds tempting - and based on the picture, it certainly looks tempting.

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  7. Oh boy! Another good one to try!

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  8. Oh boy! Another good one to try!

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  9. This looks delicious. I would have never thought to combine coffee and molasses. I will definitely try this.

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  10. This is a nice spin on chops, which can get a little mundane. Will be trying this.

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  11. Wow, so very very tasty looking, thanks.

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  12. Oh I'm sure it is delicious! -- barbara

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  13. Wow! Thanks for sharing this recipe.

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  14. ...I have to admit that I pulled out the crock pot today! This does sound very delicious.

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  15. Wow...interesting combo for enhancing pork: coffee and molasses. It sounds like a winner to me.

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  16. Dear Willow, I thought that this was a somewhat unusual combination and I think that, on this occasion, I will take your word for its being delicious!

    Oh yes, the season of woolly socks will soon be upon us. There is a marked drop in the morning temperature here in Hungary now.

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  17. Oh my! That does sound interesting.

    On the short list now for next weekend's kitchen playtime!

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  18. Willow
    That sounds pretty yummy. We're grilling chops tonight maybe I'll try this blend.
    rel

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  19. mmm...i have wanted to try this...cooking with coffee...i love coffee and this sounds delightful...passing it off to T...hope you are having a wonderful long weekend at the manor...

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  20. Sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it. Thanks.

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  21. I'll have to ask my doctor if I can try this. Not sure if my "dos and don'ts" allow molasses. But the coffee and pork combo sounds intriguing...

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  22. All my addictions come home roosting .... coffee, molasses, ginger, fresh thyme, garlic .... please hold me back, before I steal your chop!

    (I swear, I read "cigar vinegar"!) ;-)

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  23. Hehee! Yes, cigar vinegar! Perfect with the coffee. Maybe throw a little bourbon, too.

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  24. It's Labor Day ... we are grilling ... I am going to try a variation on the 'java chops' theme.

    PS .. I've invited folks to help me choose the perfect gown for the Willow Ball!

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  25. oh WOW - this looks just fantastic!

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  26. That's what my coffee has been missing - molasses! I'm not sure grilling season ever ends in Houston.

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  27. omg!!! This recipe looks awesome!

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  28. Mmm. Grilling season never ends at our house with my indoor JennAir. Writing this one down...we love pork chops!

    insanity gallops? oh hee!

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  29. These look absolutely wonderful!

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  30. Yes, I've tasted pork chops on your JennAir.

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  31. Bourbon definitely would do no harm.
    *wink* How about a sniff right now? *cheers*

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  32. willow i put on three layers for a bike ride this morning. it was spitty raining and when i came in i knew as i really really loved the hot shower water sluicing down my body that tonight will be a steak and mashed potatoes night. however, i am banking this one for really cold evenings - the ones i sense are right 'round the corner!!! steven

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  33. You put a mess like this on the table and listen for my knock on the kitchen door. Wow. My mouth is watering.

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  34. Willow, it sounds delightful and worth a try. I do believe I can taste it, and with a nice red wine... umm

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  35. Oh, that sounds delicious! I will come back to this again when I'm not on the road again. Yum!

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  36. Diana, I served with with Merlot and it was perfect!

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  37. I would have never thought of a pork-molasses-coffee combination but it actually looks pretty good ;)

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  38. Ooh, yum. That is a completely new combination to me, thus I must try it. Soon, by the look of the picture!

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  39. Yum! Your java chops are recorded in my book of dishes I want to try...along with several other Willow recipes. Thanks.

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  40. Wow, I really want to try this recipe. I just bought (in bulk) a large tenderloin, some of it for chops and two roasts. The bone was removed so I am going to try it without the bone. I am sure the bone will make it a lot tastier but I will let you know. I just happen to have all the ingredients. Thanks for such an interesting and timely recipe.

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