Sweet and Garlicky Pork Chops

  • Yield: 4 servings

A thai-style barbecue that works well with pork loin or chops. Great for summer nights!


4 (1-inch thick) or 8 (1/2-inch thick) pork chops (2 pounds total)
1 head garlic, broken into cloves and peeled
3tablespoons sugar
1/3cup Asian fish sauce or soy sauce
3tablespoons honey
3tablespoons rice wine
2tablespoons dark sesame oil
1tablespoon grated fresh ginger
2teaspoons salt
1teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


  1. Make 1 or 2 cuts in fat side of each chop to prevent curling.
  2. In a food processor, combine garlic and sugar; process to a paste. Add fish sauce, honey, wine, sesame oil, ginger, salt and pepper. Spread over both sides of chops, place chops in baking dish, cover and marinate in refrigerator 1 to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill to high. Brush and oil grill grate. Place chops on grate and grill until brown 6 to 8 minutes per side for thick chops and half that time for thin, or until temperature on an instant-read thermometer is 160F.

Adapted from The Barbecue Bible by Steven Raichlen (Workman, 1998).