Glazed Pork Chops
- 12 cup distilled white vinegar, or 12 cup cider vinegar
- 13 cup light brown sugar
- 13 cup apple cider, or 13 cup apple juice
- 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper
- 4 pork loin chops, center-cut, 5-7 oz. each, 1/2 - 3/4 inches thick
- table salt & fresh ground pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
DirectionsCombine all glaze ingredients in medium; bowl mix thoroughly and set aside.
Trim chops and slash through fat and silver skin with sharp knife, making 2 cups about 2 inches apart in each chop (do not cut into meat of chops).
Pat chops dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper.
Heat oil in heavy-bottomed 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until smoking.
Add pork to skillet and cook until well browned, 4-6 minutes.
Turn chops and cook 1 minute longer; transfer chops to plate and pour off any oil in skillet.
(Check internal temperature of thinner chops) Return chops to skillet , browned side up, and add glaze mixture; cook over medium heat until center of chops register 140F on instant-read thermometer, 5-8 minutes.
Remove skillet from heat; transfer chops to clean platter, tent with foil, and let rest 5 minutes.
When chops have rested, add any accumulated juices to skillet and set over medium heat.
Simmer, whisking constantly, until glaze is thick and color of dark caramel (heatproof spatula should leave wide trail when dragged through glaze), 2-6 minutes.
Return chops to skillet; turn to coat both sides with glaze.
Transfer chops back to platter, browned sides up, and spread remaining glaze over chops.