Anyone living in Canada or anyone who’s visited here or knows a Canadian, will understand why we’re sometimes called “crazy canucks”.
From a cooking perspective, throw any bad weather at us and if we want to eat something grilled, we’ll grill it in the worst of weather conditions.
I’ll grilled outdoors when it’s pouring rain, extreme cold and yes, even when it snows. I think the only time I haven’t grilled is when it’s hailing (hail hurts my head).
The weather around here is definitely closer to winter than it is to summer. It was just a week ago that I had the A/C on. The switch on the thermostat has been flicked towards the furnace…exit…stage winter!
I love me a good pork chop but I do get bored with the same ole’ slab of pig on the grill. This quick and easy marinade did the trick, however.
I have autumn flavours working here…sage, mustard, honey, oregano and bay…sound good so far?
I also wanted to test out my new coffee grinder which will never be used to grind coffee.
I’ve seen many food personalities use this contraption to grind spice mixtures into a fine powder.
I want that too!
2 Tbsp. of fresh sage
2 tsp. of dry oregano
1 bay leaf
2 tsp. of whole, mixed peppercorns
1 tsp. coarse sea salt
4 tsp. of Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. honey
4 tsp. of canola/sunflower oil
zest of 1/2 lemon
squeeze of fresh lemon juice
- Using a mortar & pestle or dedicated coffee grinder for spices, add your sage. oregano, bay leaf, salt and peppercorns and grind into powder.
- Now empty the spice mixture into a large Zip-lock bag, along with the honey, mustard, oil, zest and lemon juice. Mix to incorporate the marinade and taste-test and adjust accordingly.
- Add your pork chops into the bag and squish the contents so that the marinade has coated all the chops. Throw in the fridge for at least at at least and hour (ideally three hours) and return to room temperature before grilling.
- Pre-heat your grill to a medium high heat (should be able to count to five when placing your hand over the heat). Brush your grill well to remove any residue and treat it by wiping some canola oil.
- Season your pork chops with some salt and a little more black pepper and place on your grill.
- Your pork chops should take 4-5 minutes per side. When the chops are done, allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
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