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We chose to try the Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork Loin Chop. Why? Because it’s perfect for the BBQ grill. It only takes 7 minutes total to cook. Seriously. It’s thin and tender and absorbs the marinade and gets flavorful. We came up with this marinade and sauce and it’s so good. Every. single. person in our house liked it. All six of us. That like never happens. I mean like maybe 5% of the time everyone likes and eats the same meal in our house.
Here’s a shot of what to look for at your Lin’s. For those not near a Lin’s, you can also find this at any Associated Food Grocer. Fresh Market, Maceys, & Dan’s all carry this product:
But here’s why I finally like pork – it’s the Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork brand. It really does taste better than any other brand of pork I have tried. Apparently, not all pork is created equal. I was really happy with the huge variety of the Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork at my local Lin’s store (Associated Food) too. They had a whole section of it and I was getting all sorts of versatile recipe ideas just looking at it. There were a variety of cuts, from juicy tenderloins to naturally tender pork shoulders. There are tons of ideas on the Smithfield website of other ways to cook this quality pork.
What else makes Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork so great? It’s 20% more tender than other leading pork brands – and I believe it. It is really easy to chew. It also doesn’t have a lot of that icky stuff, like growth promotants, hormones, steroids or artificial ingredients – and it’s minimally processed. I love how it’s a product of the USA – and of course it’s gluten-free.
Here are some of the main ingredients of this Pork Loin Chop recipe:
Here are some tips about cooking this Pork Loin Chop recipe:
- You can marinade it anywhere from half an hour to overnight. The longer the better, although don’t do more than 24 hours. A suggestion is to get it ready the night before, then when you get home, it just takes a few minutes to get the sauce ready while the grill heats up and cooks for seven minutes.
- The olive oil could be substituted with pretty much any oil you want.
- If you don’t have fresh rosemary, dry is fine. Just use less because it’s more powerful when it’s dry. I don’t think rosemary is a totally crucial ingredient, so you could leave it out if you don’t want to go to the store just to get it.
- You can leave the honey out if you don’t handle sugar well or are restricted from it on your diet – but it will be very tangy and strong without the honey. But we all tried it without the honey and everyone liked it fine, but once I added the honey, it just made so much more sense. It makes it have a good balance of tang and sweet.
- I tested this recipe on a Traeger grill. The cooking times may vary a bit on a “regular” BBQ grill.
- The amount of marinade and sauce is totally up to you. You may find this recipe makes too much, or too little, depending on your preferences. Don’t be afraid to play around with the measurements until it’s the amount you like.
I’m so happy that I FINALLY discovered that pork could be an easy and delicious choice for meals, especially during BBQ season! Have you had pork lately? Did I inspire you to try it? Please comment below and let me know what you think.
If you like this Pork Loin Chop Recipe, you may also like these recipes:
Skinny Dijon Balsamic Rosemary Pork Loin Chop Recipe
This is tangy and sweet with some bite from the mustard. Everyone in my family loves this. Plus, it only takes 7 minutes on the BBQ!
- 1 Pound Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork Loin Chops
- 1 Sprig Rosemary chopped
Put the pork in a plastic zip bag and add marinade ingredients. Smush around until everything is mixed.
Put in the refrigerator and marinade for half an hour to 24 hours, the longer the better.
Turn on the grill so it gets nice and hot, at least 400F.
While the grill is heating up, put the sauce ingredients in a small saucepan and simmer for 5 minutes, or until it slightly thickens. Don't let it hard boil or it will burn very easily.
Put the pork loin chops on the grill and close the lid. Don't peak. Let it cook for 5 minutes, then open the lid and turn the pork over and cook for 2 minutes on the second side.
Remove from the grill and let set for about 3 minutes. Don't cut it or the juices will run out and it will be dry.
Serve the sauce on the side or drizzle on top and top with chopped rosemary.