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Grilled Pumpkin BBQ-Glazed Pork Chops

Grilled Pumpkin BBQ-Glazed Pork Chops

Introduction

Are you looking for a delicious and flavorful dish that combines the sweetness of pumpkin with the smoky goodness of BBQ-glazed pork chops? Look no further! In this article, we will explore the mouthwatering world of grilled pumpkin BBQ-glazed pork chops. Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and impress your family and friends with this unique and savory dish.

The Perfect Combination

Grilled pork chops are a classic favorite. The tender and juicy meat, infused with the smoky flavors from the grill, is hard to resist. Now imagine adding a twist to this traditional dish by incorporating the natural sweetness and earthy tones of pumpkin. It’s like the perfect marriage of flavors.

Choosing the Right Pumpkin

When it comes to grilled pumpkin BBQ-glazed pork chops, selecting the right pumpkin is crucial. You want a pumpkin that is firm, ripe, and has a vibrant orange color. This will ensure that the pumpkin holds its shape during grilling and imparts a rich, sweet taste to the dish.

Preparing the Pork Chops

Before we dive into the grilling process, let’s talk about the importance of preparing the pork chops. To achieve that tender and juicy texture, it’s essential to marinate the pork chops beforehand. A simple marinade consisting of BBQ sauce, garlic, and a touch of honey will add depth and enhance the overall flavor profile.

The Grilling Process

Now that we have our pumpkin and marinated pork chops ready, it’s time to fire up the grill and get cooking!

Grilling the Pumpkin

Start by slicing the pumpkin into thick, even slices. Brush each slice with a mixture of olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place the pumpkin slices on the grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes per side, or until they are tender and slightly charred.

Grilling the Pork Chops

While the pumpkin is grilling, it’s time to cook the marinated pork chops. Preheat the grill to medium-high heat and place the pork chops on the grill grates. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).

The Glaze

No grilled pumpkin BBQ-glazed pork chop is complete without a delicious glaze. In a small saucepan, combine your favorite BBQ sauce with a dollop of pumpkin puree, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and a sprinkle of brown sugar. Let the mixture simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly. Brush the glaze onto the grilled pork chops for that irresistible sticky, sweet, and tangy finish.

Serving and Enjoying

Once the pork chops are perfectly glazed and the pumpkin slices are grilled to perfection, it’s time to serve and enjoy your masterpiece. Plate the pork chops alongside the grilled pumpkin slices, and garnish with fresh herbs for an added touch of freshness. Serve with your favorite side dishes, such as roasted potatoes or a crisp salad.

Conclusion

Grilled pumpkin BBQ-glazed pork chops are a delightful fusion of flavors that will take your grilling game to the next level. The sweetness and earthiness of pumpkin combined with the smoky and tangy glaze create a dish that is sure to impress. So fire up the grill, gather your ingredients, and get ready to experience a culinary adventure like no other!

FAQs

Q1: Can I use a different type of squash instead of pumpkin?

A1: Absolutely! While pumpkin is the star of this dish, you can experiment with other types of squash, such as butternut squash or acorn squash, for a similar flavor profile.

Q2: Can I use boneless pork chops instead of bone-in?

A2: Yes, you can use boneless pork chops if you prefer. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly, as boneless chops tend to cook faster.

Q3: Can I grill the pork chops and pumpkin on a gas grill?

A3: Absolutely! Gas grills work perfectly for this recipe. Just preheat the grill and follow the instructions as mentioned.

Q4: How can I make the glaze spicier?

A4: If you prefer a spicier glaze, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper or a few dashes of hot sauce to the BBQ sauce mixture.

Q5: Can I make this recipe vegetarian?

A5: Certainly! You can substitute the pork chops with grilled tofu or tempeh for a delicious vegetarian version of this dish.

Q6: Can I grill the pumpkin and pork chops indoors?

A6: Yes, you can use a stovetop grill pan or an indoor electric grill for this recipe if you don’t have access to an outdoor grill.

Q7: Can I make the glaze ahead of time?

A7: Absolutely! You can prepare the glaze in advance and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Just make sure to warm it up before brushing it onto the pork chops.

Q8: Can I freeze the leftover grilled pumpkin?

A8: Yes, you can freeze the leftover grilled pumpkin slices in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Just thaw and reheat before serving.

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Grilled Pumpkin BBQ-Glazed Pork Chops

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Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine American
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 cup of grated onion
  • 2 cups of ketchup
  • 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup of packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of molasses or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
  • Four 1-inch-thick bone-in pork chops
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Vegetable oil , for brushing

Instructions
 

  • To make the pumpkin BBQ sauce:
  • Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the onions and cook until they are tender and translucent, for about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Whisk together the ketchup, pumpkin puree, broth, sugar, syrup, vinegar, chili powder, Worcestershire, garlic powder, smoked paprika, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and pepper in a separate bowl.
  • Add the mixture to the saucepan and whisk well to combine.
  • Bring the sauce to a low simmer.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it cook until it thickens, which should take around 20 to 30 minutes.
  • If the sauce becomes too thick, you can add a few tablespoons of water or broth to adjust the consistency.
  • To cook the pork chops:
  • Preheat a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat.
  • Generously sprinkle both sides of the pork chops with salt and pepper.
  • Brush both sides of the chops with vegetable oil.
  • Grill the pork chops for about 4 minutes per side.
  • Baste both sides of the chops with the pumpkin BBQ sauce.
  • Grill for an additional minute per side to allow the sauce to caramelize.
  • Serve the pork chops with extra sauce.
Keyword Grilling, main-dish, Meat, Pork, pork chop, Pumpkin, Vegetable
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