Pork Chop Marinade

Aside from sausage and bacon (bring it on!) I’m not much of a pork eater.  Just like our beef and chicken, I’m very hesitant to purchase pork in the store so we rarely have any in the house.  When my cousin raised a 4-H pig, though, and then needed someone to purchase 1/2… we bought in.  It’s been crazy-nice making sausage and bacon without a greasy mess!

In our 1/2 pig, there are a lot of pork chops.  When we filled the grill yesterday for a week’s worth of meals, I slid some chops on there.  Here’s the super-easy marinade I came up with, using bits and pieces of different recipes found in my hour-long search.  Many of the recipes I found for pork chops included fruit or some other sweetener.  Fruit and Meat?  Together?!  We don’t do that.

Pork Chop Marinade

  • 1/2 c. lemon juice
  • 1/2 c. soy sauce
  • 1/2 c. salsa (I used mild)
  • 2 Tablespoons minced fresh garlic
  • 5 bone-in pork chops

Place the pork chops in a gallon freezer bag.  Dump in lemon juice, soy sauce, salsa and garlic.  Smoosh around to mix. Let sit overnight in the fridge.  Grill.

Easy enough, right?!  How do you fix your chops?  Or your pork roasts… or pork cutlets… I have 1/2 a pig in my freezer, folks, and need some good ideas!

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  1. This sounds perfect! Lemons=Fruit 😉

  2. Our absolute favorite way to fix pork chops is to marinate them in italian dressing and then grill. Super simple and very good!

  3. Oh yum. We just had pork chops tonight, but I’m definitely saving this one for next week or the next. I do love food from the grill – can’t beat the easy clean-up!

  4. BBQ sauce is always good with pork. You can put a pork roast in the crock pot and cook it, then pull apart and add BBQ sauce. Yummy pork BBQ sandwiches. I usually add pears or apples to my pork, gives it a sweet taste.

  5. We usually use Stubb’s marinade. You really should try your chops with apples or pears…I like Fried Apples on the side or even just applesauce for dipping. It is actually quite good together.

  6. One of our new favorite pork dishes is this Kalua Pork recipe from Favorite Family Recipes!!!


    I haven’t found the Ti Leaves that she uses, but it turns out fantastic without them. Also…it’s so easy to throw in your slow cooker where you just had a new little addition to your family!

  7. Whatsamatter with fruit and meat together? That’s yummy! 🙂

  8. I was thinking the same thing about the lemons- ha! (Of course, I was also thinking that those tomatoes in the salsa are fruit too… ;))

    My fave way to do pork is in a marinade of soy, ginger, garlic, and honey… but honey is certainly a sweetener, so that might not sound good to you. I love it though!

  9. Nicole Pulliam says:

    Just a question…if you don’t ‘do’ fruit and meat together, what is the reason?

    I’m curious, because I can’t understand how it would be ok to use lemon juice if somehow fruit and meat ‘together’ are forbidden?

    Not trying to be disrespectful…I have a friend who is Orthodox Jew, and I know there are a lot of dietary rules she follows.

    One thing we use pork in routinely is in fried rice that we love to make.

    I’m with you in the concerns about buying pork.

    • No big reason. Just the taste… fruit and meat together is not something we’re used to here in central Kansas. 🙂 Just in the last few years I’ve acquired a taste for fruit with lettuce salad (cranberries, strawberries, etc.) but my husband still won’t go near it!

  10. I substitute pork in a lot of my favorite chicken recipes and it works wonderfully well! My little piggy is all eaten – but I’m praying for another one. A freezer full of pork is a blessing!

  11. My family loves teriyaki pork with gingered carrots, rice and salad. We are blessed with an abundant amount of natural meat sources here in our area, so we eat pork all the time!

  12. This is somewhat similar to our favorite marinade for chicken, pork, or shrimp! We use a whole (small) bottle of Italian salad dressing, about half a cup or so of lemon juice, and between 1/2 cup to 3/4 cup of soy sauce. (I just pour till it looks good! Lol) I love to soak pork chops or “chunks” and shrimp in this overnight and then assemble kabobs for the grill with some veggies and pineapple chunks! Yum!! 🙂

  13. Pork is actually very good with apples, but usually in the roast form, not chops. We get a 1/2 pig every year from a local organic farmer. i love it! i didn’t get enough chops this year though. Do you have a lot of ground sausage? Here is one of my favorite fall recipes.


  14. Nicole Pulliam says:

    Hehe…we’re neighbors. I’m in Central KS as well.

    I was just wondering if there was a special reason.
    I love applesauce on my pork chops so hmm, but I’m not sure where I picked that up. My mom has served them together since I was young.

  15. Here’s what we use on pork roast–especially tenderloin.
    The marinade is 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 T. white vinegar, 1 T. coarse grained mustard (we use Inglehoffer if that helps you any), 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper
    Just mix that together and marinate several hours.

    Then we dip it in this sauce:
    1/2 c. mayo, 1/4 c. coarse grained mustard, 2 T. lemon juice, 1/4 t. salt, 1/8 t. pepper

    No sweeteners at all. 🙂 But we do like the roast with some sweet potatoes roasted in coconut oil!

  16. We really like this one from a Betty crocker cookbook:

    Sprinkle garlic pepper, salt, and ground ginger on both sides of chops.

    Simmer the following in a saucepan to meld flavors:
    1/2 cup BBQ sauce
    1/4 cup hoisin sauce
    1 Tbsp honey
    (I actually just nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds).

    Grill chops, turning frequently. Brush glaze on during the last 5 minutes of cooking.

    It is SO good! We’ve had it twice in the past month and I’m not a huge pork chop fan.

  17. I like my chops grilled or broiled with Lawry’s or similar season salt. I usually crock pot my roasts and then use them to make pulled pork.

  18. With most pork cuts, I have a marinade with soy, ginger, orange juice, and honey that works great with anything… tenderloin, chops, etc. Your recipe is super simple – I like it!

  19. I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who feels that way! I don’t like “sweet” meat. I’ve gotten used to a few Asian dishes with some sweetness, but I totally agree about marinating in fruity stuff.

  20. I have an apricot onion pork chop recipe that is really good. And if I used bbq sauce I add some pureed peaches in too.

  21. Top each chop with:
    a little salt and pepper;
    a sprinkle of lemon juice;
    1 tbsp. brown sugar;
    1 slice of onion (all layers);
    squirt ketchup over all (probably about 2 tbsp total).
    Bake for about 40 minutes to 1 hour at 350.

    I DO NOT like uncured pork, but I LOVE these!

  22. sounds delicious

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