Pork Chops are an unsung hero in the grilling world and one of my favorite cuts to throw on the grill. Smithfield offers Hickory Smoked Brown Sugar Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops that pair perfectly with the stuffing in this recipe, while also eliminating an extra step since they are already marinated. These pork chops are stuffed with a mixture of gorgonzola, thyme, dried cherries and walnuts for the perfect sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy bite. It’s a heavenly combo for the senses. Pair these pork chops with grilled apples drizzled in bourbon and maple syrup and a dash of cinnamon for a smoky twist on pork and apples. This recipe, grilled pork chops with apples, is a classic reinvented for today’s taste buds finished with smokiness from the grill. Serve this for friends and family and I guarantee they’ll ask for the recipe!
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Okay, so let’s do some grilling! Details below!Print
A sweet and savory way to enjoy Smithfield pork chops- stuffed with gorgonzola, thyme, walnuts and dried cherries.
- 4 Smithfield Brown Sugar Boneless Center Cut Pork Chops – these are available at select grocery stores and retailers nationwide, including: Walmart, ShopRite, Food Lion, Publix, Albertson’s/Safeway and Save a Lot.
- 2 tbsp gorgonzola
- 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
- 2 tbsp chopped dried cherries
- 2 tbsp fresh thyme
Grilled Bourbon Apples:
- 4 apples, sliced with seeds removed
- dash cinnamon
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp bourbon
Prepare your grill direct for heat grilling at 350-400 degrees. While the grill is heating up, go ahead and mix your gorgonzola, walnuts, cherries and thyme.
Take a very sharp knife and cut a slit into the pork chops where the stuffing will go, using your finger to expand the opening. Stuff the pork chops with the cheese mixture and use a tooth pick to secure the opening so the stuffing doesn’t come out while grilling.
Next, cut your apples. Combine the maple syrup and bourbon together in a cup. Sprinkle the apples with the cinnamon and then drizzle the maple bourbon syrup on top of the apples.
Oil your grates with a high heat oil like avocado oil or vegetable oil so your food doesn’t stick to the grill grates. Grill the pork chops on direct heat, flipping halfway through, until the internal temp reaches 140 degrees with an internal read thermometer, this should take about 5-8 minutes depending on your grill. While grilling the pork chops, add the apple slices and let them grill until they develop char marks and have begun to caramelize on the grill.
Once the pork chops have reached an internal temp of 140 degrees, pull them off the grill (they will continue to cook and reach 145 degrees after removed from the grill). Let them rest under foil for 5 minutes.
Serve the pork chops with the grilled apples for sweet-salty pork pairing perfection!
What is your favorite way to enjoy Pork Chops? Check out my recent Cuban inspired Mojo Pork, coming straight to you from my Miami Kitchen!
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- Category: Pork, Grilled Pork Chops
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 4
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