These past few weeks we’ve been taking advantage of the warm weather and we’ve spending a lot of time outdoors. It’s been great, but it also means I’m making dinner on the fly many nights of the week. Grilling is great, not only because it’s quick, but because my husband usually does it and I’m a off the hook for dinner prep! 😉
Last week there was a sale on pork chops so I took advantage of it and bought a pack. I knew I wanted them grilled but I also wanted to add some flavor ahead of time so they were juicy and maybe a bit sweet.. As I’ve said before, all of those prepackaged seasoning packets you can buy are full of sodium and preservatives, so we try to stay away from them and make our own marinades. I happened to have some orange juice on hand and wanted to try it out in place of vinegar in a marinade. I grabbed some honey for sweetness and some salt and pepper for added flavor and mixed it all up. The results were delicious! And my 3 ingredient easy pork marinade took me about 3 minutes, using ingredients I already had on hand. (I bet it would work on chicken too!) Nothing beats an easy and delicious dinner.
Ingredients (for marinade)
1/3 cup of orange juice
1/4 cup honey
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste, if desired
1.Put pork shops in a shallow baking dish or Ziploc bag.
2. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.
3. Mix all wet ingredients together in a small bowl. Pour the mixture over the pork.
4. Refrigerate pork for at least 30 minutes (longer is definitely ok!).
5. When you’re ready to cook the pork, get rid of the extra marinade. Grill or broil pork for 5-6 minutes per side or until they’ve reached 160 degrees internally.
Serve with your choice of side dishes!