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Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries

Perfectly grilled pork chops served with balsamic thyme cherries, made by simply marinating them in a balsamic vinegar reduction.

Two Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries on a white plate

Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries.

Originally published on  July 6, 2009.

With the summer grilling season in full swing, I thought I’d share this simple recipe for Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries.

It’s a sweet and savoury addition to grilled pork loin chops, especially since fresh cherries are now in season.

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Fresh cherries are great in season.

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Frozen cherries can make this recipe an economical, year round treat. Just thaw before marinating.

I like lots of freshly ground black pepper in this recipe. This dish is very nice served with a peppery red wine.

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Two Grilled Pork Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries on a white plate
Yield: 4 servings

Grilled Pork Loin Chops with Balsamic Thyme Cherries

Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Perfectly grilled pork chops served with cherries and thyme that are marinated in a balsamic vinegar reduction.

Ingredients

  • 4 large center loin pork chops
  • 1 clove minced garlic
  • Salt and pepper to season

For the Balsamic Thyme Cherries

  • 2 cups fresh pitted cherries, quartered
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 clove very finely minced garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
  • salt and pepper to season
  • 1 or 2 tbsp honey, optional, but I always use it

Instructions

  1. Season the pork chops with salt and pepper ad rub the outside of the chops with the minced garlic.
  2. Grill the chops until fully cooked. A meat thermometer should read 160 degrees F when testing the chops at the center.
  3. Simmer the balsamic vinegar over medium heat until it is reduced to a syrupy consistency.
  4. Set aside to cool or immerse bottom of the pan in cold water to cool down the reduction. Toss in the other ingredients and allow to stand for about an hour or more before serving over the grilled pork chops.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

1 chop with cherries

Amount Per Serving Calories 406Total Fat 15gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 136mgSodium 375mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 16gProtein 46g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Horsey gal

Sunday 13th of June 2021

LOVED this Balsamic and thyme cherries with pork loin recipe. Even though we substituted grilled chicken thighs for the pork, it was amazing! We had picked a lot of cherries and wanted to try a savory recipe, and this did not disappoint! Made it twice in the last week and can't wait to try it with pork loin. Definitely adding this to my go to list for a tasty unique dish to serve with confidence that everyone will like it.

Kathy

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

In follow up, I just tried to pull this recipe (entered word for word) in google. It won't load the recipe.

Kathy

Tuesday 14th of July 2020

This looks fabulous but I don't like to pin recipes as I've that often (in my case) have had pinterest delete recipes or entire boards! I tried recipes.com but google wouldn't load it.... Would you send a link that you find that works. I really want to bookmark this recipe in chrome browser. Thx. I'll write up in the meantime. Thx so much for recipes. I've subscribed.

Harmonie

Friday 19th of July 2019

That looks awesome! I love anything with cherries in it :)

Janet Fox

Tuesday 28th of November 2017

Can I do this recipe in the oven. If so, what temperature and time. Thank you

Barry C. Parsons

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Never done that. Baked pork chops are too dry for me.

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