Monday, September 20, 2010

Balsamic Apricot Glaze

The pork chops had been staring at me for awhile. I bought them days ago to go with some platains that I picked up even earlier.

Then came the busy evenings, snack dinners, and fruit flies. Out went the plantains. But those pork chops. I just can't throw away food that I've spent more than a couple bucks on.

A free evening came around.

"I'll grill!" said my husband as he pulled out the pork chops and a bottle of generic barbecue sauce.

"NOOOOO!" I yelled chasing him outside, "Don't do it!"

"We don't have to grill," replied my husband a bit startled and confused, "It's just so nice outside."

"Grilling is fine," I replied already backing away with the pork in hand, "I'm just going to go get this meat ready for you."

And so Balsamic Apricot Glazed Pork Chops were born!

Balsamic Apricot Glaze
3 tbsp oil
3 tbsp Apricot jam
2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tsp Kosher salt
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

Whisk all ingredients together and coat meat. If you have time, you can marinate your pork or chicken in the sauce for a 1/2 hour or more. Or you can glaze the meat just before it cooks, either in a pan or on the grill.

I dredged the pork chops in the glaze and handed them over to my husband who slapped them on a hot grill and went to go test some of his homebrew. The meat was over cooked. However, the flavor was delicious - sweet, spicy, and deep! Topped off with some bleu cheese crumbles, served with my warm Pear Berry Balsamic Salad and a pint of Garage Beer (my husband's unofficial beer label) and I didn't even care that it started sprinkling rain in the middle of dinner.


  1. Lindsey, looks like you've knocked another one out of the park!! As always I want to rush out and get the ingredients! Yum.


  2. Ooh I like the like if this glaze! I have a couple of pork chops in my freezer and I've been thinking of what to do with them. The weather is warming up here, perfect barbecue weather, so this has given me some ideas :) Thanks!

    Amy @ Whisk & Whimsy

  3. Cant go wrong with Balsamic!!

  4. delicious! I love apricots with pork.

  5. I love apricots with pork too - and the bleu cheese cut the sweetness just enough. So good on a sunny end of the summer evening.

  6. I love fruit and pork together. Great glaze. I'll definitely try this.

    Plan B

  7. I always overcook pork chops! Why are they such a pain???
    Your glaze looks fantastic though! I love the sweet and spicy.