Grilled Country Pork Chops with Bourbon-Basted Grilled Peaches

A woman holding a white platter of grilled country pork chops with grilled peaches.

What makes these grilled pork chops something special is grilled peaches. Grilling peaches and other stone fruits lends a flavor boost, bringing their natural sugar to the fore. Use freestone peaches so that you can easily twist the halves off the pit. Baste them with butter, honey, and bourbon as they grill to give them a sheen, then serve with a juicy pork chop, brined for a full day to season it all the way through.–Janet Fletcher

LC The Beauty of Bourbon Note

We know, we know. Bourbon is a beautiful thing. Too beautiful, perhaps, to expend on stone fruits destined for the grill, you may think. But after you try this recipe, you’ll want to think again.

Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches

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  • 30 M
  • 1 D, 2 H
  • Serves 4
5/5 - 1 reviews
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Ingredients

  • For the brined and grilled pork chops
  • For the peaches

Directions

Prepare the pork chops

In a medium saucepan, combine the water, salt, pepper and thyme. Bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt. Set the brine aside until completely cool.

Place the pork chops in a container that holds the chops snugly in a single layer. Add the garlic and the brine, which should cover the pork chops, and cover with plastic wrap. Or you can place the pork and its brine in a 1-gallon heavy-duty resealable food storage bag. Refrigerate for 24 hours.

About 1 hour before cooking, remove the pork chops from the brine and set them on a wire cooling rack at room temperature to dry.

Prepare a moderate charcoal fire for indirect grilling or preheat a gas grill to medium 375ºF (190°C), leaving one burner unlit.

Pat the pork chops dry with paper towels. Set the chops directly over the coals or gas flame and brown on both sides, turning once, for about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to indirect heat, cover the grill, and cook until the chops offer some resistance to the touch but are still springy, not firm, about 4 minutes longer. If you are unsure of doneness, measure the internal temperature with an instant-read thermometer, inserting it horizontally into a chop; it should register about 150ºF (65°C) for medium.

Make the peaches

Combine the butter, bourbon, and honey in a small saucepan over moderately low heat and stir until the butter melts and the honey dissolves. Keep warm.

After you’ve moved the pork chops to indirect heat, brush the peaches all over with the butter-honey mixture and place them, cut side down, directly over the coals or gas flame. Cook until they’re nicely charred, then turn, baste again, and cook just until the peaches are tender and juicy. The pork chops and peaches should be done at roughly the same time, but if not, move whichever is done first to a cooler area of the grill to wait. Serve each pork chop with a grilled peach half alongside.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

This is a case where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts: A bite of the pork with a bite of the peach at the same time is what this recipe is all about. Tasting the pork on its own, I felt it was over-brined—just too salty. But with the grilled peach, it all balances out. When I make this again (and I’ll make it again), I won’t brine the pork for a full 24 hours. I’ll try 12, and I suspect that even six hours would be enough. The grilled peach halves were what made this dish fantastic. It’s kind of like the classic ham and pineapple combo, but better. A great way to celebrate peach season!

I feel brining pork really enhances the flavour experience, especially when grilling. These pork chops are no exception. They stay moist, and the flavour of the chops goes very well with the accompanying grilled peaches. These bourbon-glazed peaches offer a rich, sweet contrast to the savoury meat. Although 3/4-inch chop is very nice, I’d make this again with a minimum 1-inch-thick chop.

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Comments

  1. Unlike everyone else, I found the pork chops to be too salty. My husband couldn’t finish his. The flavor of the thyme was good though and the peaches excellent. I didn’t have any bourbon used Disaronno Amaretto instead. Delicious!

    1. Hi Evy, how long did you brine your chops? If you found them too salty, you could reduce the brining time the next time that you make them.

  2. I loved this pork chop! But then again I seem to love anything that is brined. The meat was incredibly moist and a wonderful taste of thyme filled every bite. The peach, on the other hand (for me), tasted a little too much of bourbon—I was expecting something a little sweeter.

  3. We just finished licking our plates. These chops were fantastic—extremely flavorful and juicy. I was concerned that the brine would be too salty—something that happens often, but it strikes the right balance. The peaches were okay—mostly because ours were still too hard. The glaze was flavorful, though. Our dirty little secret: We made them in a grill pan—which my friend grilling guru Jamie Purviance calls “a skillet with speed bumps.” We covered the pan to simulate a grill. I cant wait to try it again this weekend outside on Brunhilde, our new grill.

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