My husband and I are both daily coffee drinkers, so making baked treats or savory dishes with coffee is a perfect fit for us. It’s always fun to see just how we can get our favorite coffee to expand beyond our coffee cups.
So, tonight was one of those ways. I made Coffee-Marninated Pork Chops – which was super easy and quite delicious. This marninade creates a tender piece of meat, with a slight sweetness. We grilled our pork chops, but you could probably also pan fry, broil or bake them.
Coffee-Marinated Pork Chops
1 1/2 cups strong brewed coffee (dark or medium is best; cooled slightly)
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons spicy brown mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 lbs pork loin chops
In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients, except for the pork. Add pork to the marinade; cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight. Discard marinade and grill the pork chops over low-medium heat for approximately 15 minutes or until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
Inspired and adapted from Alton Brown’s Molasses Coffee Marinated Pork Chops