Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Spice Rubbed Pork Chops

In my house, we love spicy foods, but my definition of spicy and the hubby's vary greatly.  As in, I can tolerate a bit of spice and fire; the hubby can handle about five times more spice and fire than I can.  When I saw this recipe for spice rubbed pork chops, I knew that my hubby would love it.  So I made it, and I cried.  Literally.  I cried (and drank lots of milk) the entire time while eating this because it was so unbelievably spicy; the hubby just laughed and laughed at me.  So I made this again with modifications, and this time it came out perfect!  Just enough spice and fire to tickle your tastebuds but not make them wish they were dead....  Which mine might have done for a few days afterwards....

{Spice Rubbed Pork Chops with Garlic and Parmesan Roasted Cauliflower}

{Spice paste}

{Pork chops getting ready for their spicy paste massage}

{Rub the spice paste in}

{I GOT A PICTURE OF IT ON THE GRILL!!!  Then my hubby says--no wonder it takes you so long to make food...  You stop and take pictures of everything!  *sigh*}

Spice Rubbed Pork Chops

Makes 4 servings

5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon Kosher salt (1/2 tablespoon regular salt)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
4 pork chops
  1. Mix all ingredients except pork chops together until well blended.
  2. Place pork chops on a plate and rub in spice paste.
  3. Marinate overnight.
  4. Grill until done.
Did you know that fat, like milk or sour cream, helps to cool the mouth down?  Acid also works, like citrus juice or vinegar, but to me, the dairy products are easier to eat.  So tell me--how spicy do you like your food?  Just enough to tingle the taste buds or hotter than fire? 

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