There are few food duos that work better together than pork chops and applesauce. Today Grillocracy's kicking up this common comfort food combination by adding just the right touch of smoke to the applesauce.
PORK CHOPS AND SMOKED APPLESAUCE
6 boneless pork chops
1 tbsp. olive oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
Smoked applesauce (recipe follows)
Prepare grill for medium-high heat cooking, approximately 425 degrees. Coat pork chops with olive oil and season both sides of the chops with salt and pepper. Place the chops on the grill and cook for 5-7 minutes per side until they reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees. Remove the chops from the grill and allow them to rest for 5 minutes before serving with smoked applesauce.
6 McIntosh apples, peeled
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup apple juice
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. white sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. salt
Heat 2-3 charcoal briquets. Place on one end of the grill’s bottom grate. Add 2 small chunks of your favorite smoking wood. Toss apples with lemon juice and place on the main cooking grate as far away from the charcoal and wood as possible.
Cover the grill and allow the apples to smoke for 30 minutes for a mild smoke flavor. Remove apples from the grill, remove core and seeds, and roughly chop.
Add one chimney full of preheated charcoal briquets to the grill and heat to approximately 325 degrees. Place apples and remaining ingredients in a medium saucepan and set the saucepan on the grill. Allow the mixture to simmer for 20-30 minutes until the apples are soft.
Remove the apple mixture from the grill and pour in to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth then refrigerate until ready to serve.