PEANUT CRUSTED PORK CHOPS ~ Fire Day Friday

I think it might actually be starting to cool off here.  Seriously… It might finally feel a bit like fall…. Wednesday was only a high of like 79!!  That’s huge considering that last week we were still at 100!!!  The excellent thing about living in Arizona is that I get probably some of the best weather for grilling all year long.  I definitely appreciate that fact.  And thanks to the wonderful weather, I tend to do as much grilling as I can throughout the year, not only to not heat up my kitchen in 110 degree weather OR just the fact that I can… no, I tend to do it because most meals made on it, are simple and ever so fast.  Yes, you can do things nice and slow on the grill… but with the kind of weeks I’ve been having lately… speed and simplicity (along with deliciousness) are what it’s all about it.  And this recipe does not disappoint… Trust me ๐Ÿ™‚

Peanut Crusted Pork Chops
Adapted from BHG Grillin’ & Chillin’
Printable Recipe 
Ingredients:
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 Tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
1 Tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/2-1 teaspoon hot sauce (I used Cholula)
1/3 cup finely chopped dry roasted peanuts
2 Tablespoons dry bread crumbs
1-2 Tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
1 garlic clove, finely minced
4 pork chops (I used bone-in; about 1/4-1/2 inch thick)

Directions:
In a bowl, mix together peanut butter, pineapple juice, soy, honey, ginger, mustard, and hot sauce until well combined.  Place the pork chops in a resealable bag or shallow dish.  Pour the peanut butter mixture over, seal or cover, and place in refrigerator for 4 hours.

Preheat grill to 375-400 degrees F.  In a small bowl, mix together peanuts, bread crumbs, parsley and garlic.  Remove pork from the bag/dish and discard marinade.  Place the pork directly on oiled grill grates over direct heat.  Allow to grill 4-7 minutes depending on how thick the chops are.  Flip pork and carefully (and evenly) sprinkle crust mixture on top, and press down with a spatula.  Cover and grill another 4-6 minutes or until the pork is cooked through.  Carefully remove from grill and enjoy!

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