Grilled Balsamic Pork Chops

grilled balsamic pork chops

August is here. That means it’s time to cook outside, eat ice cream, and try to stay cool. Am I right?

That’s why it’s so important to have a meal plan, preferably one that is grill-worthy. That’s where these balsamic pork chops come in.

This is a super easy recipe that you can pull off in a matter of minutes. The marinade mixes up quickly, so you can set those chops in an herb and vinegar bath right away. About fifteen minutes before serving time, you’ll place the chops on a hot grill. In no time, you’ll be sitting down to quite the tasty meal.

My family thought I was serving them steak when they came to the table this weekend. Au contraire. It was “the other white meat”, but chops look a little like steak, so if they want to feel fancy, alrighty then.

I served the grilled chops with Simple Couscous and steamed and buttered cauliflower. I didn’t have to heat up the oven; I went straight to GO, and collected my $200. Sort of.

Dinner for less than $10?

The meal itself was amazingly good and cheap. With pork loin chops on sale for a buck ninety-nine per pound, I got seven chops for about $4. The couscous was on markdown, making it only a dollar for the amount I prepared. The cauliflower was 99 cents a pound. I figure that with the spices, vinegar, and Dijon that I used, our dinner cost about $7 to feed the 8 of us!

Talk about Good Cheap Eats! That’s better than winning at Monopoly, I should say.

grilled balsamic pork chops with basil and dijon

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  1. Jessica, that is a great deal on those pork chops! I’ll be trying that recipe.
    Question: considering you try to stay with organic food, are you strict on buying organic/pastured meats?
    I just stumbled on a sale at a local grocery store – fresh chicken for $1.99/lb. I picked up six of them. I froze three and am cooking the others – for the meat and for the stock, which I’ve been out of stock for ages. I know they weren’t pastured – the prices for pastured chicken is $4.99/lb. I can’t afford it. I just closed my eyes and thanked God for a good sale. I was just wondering how you handled the organic/pastured meat. Maybe it’s just way less expensive where you live?
    thanks, Carolyn

    • I am not strict on organic or pastured meat because they are hugely expensive here. I buy conventional unless I see a really good sale. I know all about “just close my eyes and thank God for a good sale.” :)

  2. is this a recipe you would recommend freezing ahead with the chops in the marinade?

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