Kurobuta Pork Chops are tender, juicy and every bit as tasty as any steak you can throw on the grill. And if it wasn’t for the Bourbon-Caramelized Apples that recipe author Ken Hess adds as a sweet and delicious complement to the pork, you wouldn’t see too much difference in cooking style either.
Enjoy this meal when you want the texture of steak with a strong flavor of sweet and spicy pork.
Courtesy of Ken Hess of Snake River Farms and Big Green Egg!!
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Set your EGG for direct cooking without the convEGGtor; bring the EGG to 550°F/288°C.
Mix the dry rub ingredients together in a mixing bowl. Coat both sides of the Snake River Farms Kurobuta pork chops with the dry rub. Sear all four sides of the pork chops over direct flames for 30 seconds per side. Remove chops from the grill and set aside.
Place a cast iron skillet on the grill grate. Let the skillet preheat for 5-10 minutes, or until it has heated enough to sauté. Melt the butter in the cast iron pan and sauté the shallots and the garlic until soft. Add the apple, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper. Sauté until the apples start to brown and soften. Remove pan from the grill and deglaze with the bourbon.
Place the pork chops on the bed of apples and close the grill lid. Cook the chops until they reach an internal temperature of 140°F/60°C. Remove the cast iron skillet from the grill and let the pork chops rest for 10 minutes.
Slice the pork chops and serve with the bourbon caramelized apples.