Pork Chops with Grilled Beets and Apples in a Balsamic Reduction

I'm going to lie in this post. I'm going to act like I knew what the hell I was doing when I made this recipe. I don't know how to cook freakin beets. Could I have researched it? Yes. Did I? No. Did they taste a bit strange? Yes. BUT, since then I have found out how to properly grill beets so I'm allowed to lie a bit to make sure your meal tastes properly satisfying. If you don't trust me, our relationship is lacking direction and we must build a new path to smooth out the bumps. What?

Anyways, if you haven't noticed, I'm utilizing my grill a lot lately. That's because our house is usually idling around 81 degrees. It works out ok for me because
I'm a sweaty individual in the first place AND I usually smell awkward after working at 3 gyms and not showering for a couple days. Judge me. Do it. Honey Bagder don't care, Honey Badger don't give a sh*t. So I've been taking the cooking outside to fill the air with delicious smells and lure single men into my house. It doesn't work. But I'll keep trying. At least I get to enjoy the smells. And eat a sh*t ton more than I really should.

What you need:
  • 4 center cut pork chops, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1-2 large beets, peeled
  • 1-2 apples, cored and cut into 1/4 inch slices
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar (for soaking the apples and beets)
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar (for the reduction)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • gallon sized ziploc bag
What you do:
  1. First, start things off by grabbing a medium-large pot and filling it with water. Boil your peeled beets for 30-45 minutes (I did not do this, this is where I'm lying).
  2. While your beets are cooking, prepare everything else. Core and slice your apples, cut the excess fat off your pork chops, and heat up your grill.
  3. Grab a gallon sized ziploc bag and pour in your 3 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, and sliced apples. Place in the fridge to marinate while you prepare everything else.
  4. When the beets have about 5 minutes to go or are easy to poke at with a fork, add your salt and peppered-pork chops to the grill. Cook for about 6-8 minutes per side.
  5. While the pork chops are finishing cooking, slice your beets into 1/4 inch slices and add to your gallon sized bag along with your apples. Shake the bag to cover the beets in the balsamic marinade.
  6. Now, before you head out to cook your apples and beets, add 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar to a small pot under medium heat to begin to reduce. Be sure to stir this randomly so it doesn't stick to the bottom. I know this from experience.
  7. When you head out to flip your pork chops, add your marinated apples and beets directly to the grill. Salt and pepper the tops of the slices a bit and flip after 4-5 minutes.
  8. Once your pork chops are cooked to your standards, add them to a plate along with your beets and apples and take a spoonful of your balsamic reduction and top everything off with it. Garnish with a random piece of lettuce to make it look even more colorful, and cool of course.
    Sweet shirt right??

Grocery List Helper:
  • Center Cut Pork Chops: on sale at Sunflower Market
  • Beets: not on sale, but bought at Sunflower Market
  • Apples: whatever is your favorite kind, I bought Gala, which were on sale at Sunflower Market
  • Balsamic Vinegar: buy your favorite brand. I bought a decent priced kind at King Soopers
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