It's May and until the past few days we haven't had much Spring weather. It's been cool and rainy. When I saw the forecast was for sunny and 70's this week, grilling season was about to begin. One of my favorite recipes for grilling is Pork Chops in Teriyaki Marinade. This is a recipe I found at least five years ago on Epicurious and was from the October 1993 issue of Gourmet magazine. Pork chops, for me, are often tough unless marinated or brined prior to grilling.
Pork Chops in Beer Teriyaki Marinade
2/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup mirin (syrupy rice wine)
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh gingerroot
2/3 cup of your favorite beer (no dark)
4 1" thick rib or loin pork chops
In a saucepan combine the soy sauce, mirin, vinegar, sugar, gingerroot and the beer. Simmer until the mixture is reduced to about 1 1/3 cups. Let the marinade cool until it is room temperature. In a shallow baking dish or plastic bag, cover the chops thoroughly with the marinade. Marinate overnight, turning them several times.
Pour the marinade in a saucepan and boil it for five minutes. Grill the pork chops on a oiled rack set about 4 inches over glowing coals, basting them with the marinade while cooking, Cook 8 - 10 minutes of each side.