Uniquely Spiced Pork Chops

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | June 17th, 2009 | Main Dishes, Recipes

spiced-pork-chopsSometimes a weekend can provide a nice assortment of enjoyable moments.  Take this past Saturday for example.  With only one child at home in the morning, we started the day by getting a few small work projects done, while our daughter proudly made breakfast.  After retrieving our son from an overnight stay, we headed to the mall for some shopping.  The next stop was the grocery store, at which the four of us planned that night’s dinner.  During the afternoon the kids hung out with friends while my husband and I took a walk and worked on dinner.  An enjoyable dinner was followed by a movie in the living room.

Reflecting on Saturday’s events, none were spectacular.  However, together they formed a perfect day:  spending time with friends and family, completing a few things on the to-do list, and cooking.  As my husband’s weekday schedule allows for little cooking, he got to be the chef for the main course of our dinner- pork chops.

He made both a dry rub and a sauce for the pork chops.  As we sat down for dinner, I asked what ingredients were in the rub.  He told us that we should guess but not all of the ingredients would be easy to determine.  I had seen the first two ingredients for the rub and admitted as much, but the rest of the ingredients would need to be discovered by taste and luck.  The kids and I began to guess different items, but none were correct.  At this point we were told where the ingredient was located and that it wasn’t a spice. When we learned the secret ingredient (Scroll down to see it!), we were surprised.

When you read the 5 ingredients used in this rub, you might wonder how this possibly could be a tasty combination.  If I hadn’t eaten a pork chop coated with it, I might have thought that also.  But, as proof that this combination works, it should be noted that everyone (kids and adults) found it to be a delicious coating for the pork.  So, if you are looking for a unique seasoning, this is it!

Uniquely Spiced Pork Chops


  1. 1 Tb. Old Bay Seasoning
  2. 1 Tb. dried basil
  3. 1 Tb. garlic powder
  4. 1 Tb. cinnamon
  5. 1 Tb. hot cocoa mix
  6. 5 sirloin pork chops, about 1/2″ thick
  1. Combine first five ingredients in a small bowl, and mix well.
  2. Score the pork chops using a multi-bladed meat tenderizer.
  3. Divide spice mixture equally among pork chops, and rub onto each.
  4. Preheat grill to a medium heat.
  5. Cook pork chops for 5 minutes on each side, or until fully cooked.
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