Molasses-and-Coffee Pork Chops

Alton Brown's Molasses-and-Coffee Pork Chops courtesy Alton Brown for Food Network Magazine

Total Time: 2 hr 28 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 2 hr 5 min
Cook: 8 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled
6 ounces molasses, by weight (about 1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon dijon mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
6 to 8 sprigs fresh thyme
4 6 -to-8-ounce bone-in pork chops (1 inch thick)

Combine the coffee, molasses, vinegar, mustard, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, the ginger, thyme and pork chops in a 1-gallon zip-top bag; seal and shake to combine. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat a grill to medium-high. Remove the pork from the bag. Pour the marinade into a saucepan; boil gently over medium-high heat, stirring, until reduced to 1/2 cup, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the thyme stems.

Grill the pork chops for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until they reach an internal temperature of 145. Let rest for 5 minutes; serve with the glaze.

Photograph by Kate Mathis

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