Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

I eat a lot of chicken and fish, but variety is a good thing and once in a while I love a great pork chop!  This  is an excellent recipe that I enjoyed from the moment I tasted my first bite.  The pears and balsamic glaze blend harmoniously with the pork creating a dish that you will be wanting to make again and again.  Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 6 pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 Vidalia onions, each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2 pears, cored and each cut into 8 wedges
  • 1 teaspoon salt

 Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together the water, kosher salt, and sugar. Add pork chops to this brine, and let them soak for no more than one hour. Drain and discard the brine. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels.
  2. In a shallow dish, stir together the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary. Place pork chops in the dish, and turn to coat. Cover, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 or 2 hours.
  3. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced by 1/2, about 10 minutes. When the vinegar cools, it should be the consistency of syrup.
  4. Melt butter with olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high or high heat. Add the onions and pears, and quickly brown. Continue to cook for about 7 minutes, or until tender.  The pears will cook quicker than the onions – Remove the pears and chop into cubes and continue to caramelize the onions.  Take onion out of pan once caramelized and chop.  Return both the pears and the onions to the pan. Stir in the reduced vinegar and salt. The recipe can be prepared up to this point several hours before grilling.
  5. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.
  6. Warm pears on a cool section of the grill (in the skillet), while placing the pork chops over the hot part. Cook pork for about 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Remove to a serving plate, cover with aluminum foil and let rest for a few minutes. Uncover, top with the pear onion sauce, and serve.
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6 thoughts on “Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Caramelized Pears

    • Hey there! 🙂 Would you believe I haven’t even cooked with figs??!! So … you are more adventurous than I am! I have been seeing some good looking recipes with figs – might be the time to give it a try don’t you think?!

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