This apricot marinade yields juicy, melt-in-your-mouth tender pork chops that are full of delicious fruity-sweet and savory flavors. The marinade is easily made with apricot preserves, Dijon, rice vinegar, thyme, soy sauce and olive oil. The mustard and the vinegar add a nice punch that not only counters the sweetness of the preserves but also tenderizes the meat.
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- Try to avoid scooping up large chunks of fruit from the preserves. If you do end up with some, use a fork to mash them up a bit.
How to make it:
Step 1. Add all marinade ingredients to a bowl.
Step 2. Whisk well until well combined.
How to use it:
Transfer the marinade to a resealable plastic bag, add pork chops and move around until fully coated. Marinate for 4 to 6 hours, then sear the meat in a cast iron pan on both sides.
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Apricot Marinade for Pork Chops
- measuring cups and spoons
- mixing bowl
- resealable plastic bag
- cast iron pan
- kitchen tongs
- digital meat thermometer (recommended)
- ¼ cup apricot preserves*
- 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 2 teaspoons mild olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1 teaspoon unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 2 pork chops
- Add preserves, Dijon, oil, thyme, vinegar and soy sauce to a bowl and whisk together until well combined. Transfer to a resealable plastic bag.
- Add the pork chops to the bag and make sure they are fully coated with marinade. (The marinade will be quite thick, so you may need to move the chops around a few times.) Marinate in the fridge for 4 to 6 hours.
- Transfer the chops directly from the marinade to a hot cast iron pan and sear on both sides until they reach an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees F. Let rest for 3 minutes before serving.
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