SWEET & STICKY PORK CHOPS with DIRTY RICE

SWEET & STICKY PORK CHOPS with DIRTY RICE
DAY 1
BRINE
4 cups water
1/2 cup kosher salt
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup molasses
4-6 cups ice
4-6 thick bone in pork chops

  • In a large sauce pot whisk together water, salt, brown sugar and molasses.
  • Bring to a boil.
  • Remove from heat, add ice blending well to melt.
  • Add pork chops.
  • Cover and refrigerate 12-24 hours.

DIRTY RICE
1/2 pound ground pork
1/2 pound ground beef
3 teaspoons paprika
3/4 cup chicken broth
2 cups water
3 gloves garlic, minced
Fresh ground salt and black pepper
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons Dark Roux (recipe below)

  • In a large skillet brown the beef and pork together with garlic until well browned. Drain.
  • Whisk together water, chicken broth, paprika, salt and pepper.
  • Return meat to skillet and add chicken broth mixture, mixing well.
  • Add butter and roux, blending well.
  • Add rice, mix well, cover and simmer 20 minutes until rice is fluffy.

DARK ROUX (makes 1/2-2/3 cup – can be kept refrigerated for several weeks)

1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup avocado oil

  • Whisk together the flour and oil.
  • Bake  at 350° for 1 1/2 hours or until dark golden brown.

DAY 2
GLAZE
3/4 cup maple syrup or equal parts light molasses and maple syrup
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • In a small saucepan whisk together the vinegar and syrup.
  • Heat to boiling.
  • Reduce heat slightly and simmer 30 minutes or until reduced by half, whisking as necessary.

ASSEMBLY

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Remove pork chops from brine and pat dry.
  • In a large skillet melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium high heat.  Add pork chops and generously salt and pepper.  Sear pork chops evenly on both sides.
  • Spray large baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Evenly spread rice into baking dish.
  • Add pork chops to baking dish in single layer.
  • Top with glaze.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until cooked through.
  • Garnish and serve.