Pick a team, football fans - it’s time to celebrate the annual Iowa rivalry. This time of year I usually whip up color coded grub, but what’s better than a dish you get to name after your favorite Iowa team? Thick cut, all natural Iowa Pork Chops are perfect for tailgating since they’re hearty and juicy. And with a hard cider marinade, you won’t spend all day prepping and grilling (acidic marinades, like alcohol, save time). So, no matter which team you’re cheering for, kick off the Iowa/Iowa State game with crowd-pleasing pork chops.
Iowa (State) Pork Chops with Angry Orchard Crisp Apple
Makes 4 servings
Total time: 20 minutes + marinating time
1 bottle Angry Orchard Crisp Cider
½ cup brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, smashed
2 sprigs thyme
2 sprigs sage
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 pound Iowa Pork Chops
1. Whisk together cider, brown sugar, garlic, thyme, sage, salt and pepper, reserve 1 cup marinade.
2. Place pork chops in a shallow dish and pour marinade over.
3. Refrigerate for 1 hour. Remove pork chops from marinade; Discard remaining marinade.
4. Grill pork chops over medium-high heat until lightly charred, about 4 minutes per side, or until internal temperature reaches 145⁰F.
5. In a small saucepan, bring reserved 1 cup of marinade to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
6. Serve pork chops with sauce.
Approximate nutrition information per serving: 349 calories; 11 g fat; 4 g saturated fat; 57 mg cholesterol; 636 mg sodium; 36 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 21 g protein