I tend to be a sucker for weird or strange recipes. My definition of weird or strange recipe means that it contains ingredients that I would never had thought to use it in certain food preparations. Remember, I am a novice in the kitchen and I don’t go out much either (yes, I’m a hermit. I enjoy my home so much that it is hard to pry me out of my home). :) So I don’t know all of the wide variety of foods available outside the eight walls of my house. (Yes, eight walls, not four. I counted them. :))
Ok, back to weird or strange recipes. For example, the Tomato Soup Cake. I never heard of that until I saw the recipe in PW’s Tasty Kitchen. Or, the Peanut Butter Bacon cookies. You see, when I see a strange recipe, it piqued my curiosity to the highest level. How does it taste? How will people react to it when they eat it?
So the same thing happened when I saw this recipe. Coffee Crusted Pork Tenderloin. I found this recipe when I was browsing Jaden Hair’s blog, Steamy Kitchen. I was thinking, “Coffee, with pork? How does that taste?” But Jaden Hair claimed “that was fantastic.” So I just had to try it.
Since I was only going to try for just the two of us, I chose to use pork chops instead of a whole pork tenderloin. If this recipe fails, then it would just be 2 pork chops instead of a whole tenderloin, and of course, a grumpy and hungry hubby. :) So, 2 pork chops, coffee, salt, pepper, chili powder, and sugar. The recipe mentions Sugar in the Raw, which I had no clue what that was until I wrote this post. It is raw sugar, which I didn’t have, so I just used plain white sugar. But, next time I will use the brown sugar instead to get that molasses flavoring.
Sounds very simple right? So I mixed in all the spice ingredients to make a rub.
Poured some olive oil to coat the pork chops. I believe this is so the rub would stick to the meat.
Sprinkled the rub on the pork chops, and let it sit for about 10 minutes.
Then I heated up my er…our griddle, and grilled the pork chops. Now, because the rub has sugar which tend to burned really fast, I had to use medium heat. Otherwise, I would have ended up with Blacken Coffee Crusted Pork Chops.
I served the pork chops with mashed potatoes, and sauteed bell peppers and onion. The pork chops to me tasted like I had seasoned it with cumin. It was a little bitter on the first bites, but then, it grew on me. I liked it and Hubby liked it too. So, there you go! Coffee Crusted Pork Chops! 🙂
Print recipe here.
Coffee Crusted Pork Chops
Recipe adapted from Dr. BBQ
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground coffee
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 pork chops
1 – 2 tablespoons olive oil
In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, coffee, chili powder, salt, and pepper. Mix well and set aside. Prepare the grill to cook direct over medium heat. Trim any fat from the pork chops. Brush lightly with olive oil. Season the pork chops all over with the Coffee Rub. Let rest for 10 minutes before cooking. Place the pork chops on the grill. Cook for until well browned on both sides and serve.