These Grilled Garlic and Basil Rubbed Pork Chops are packed with flavor and perfect for the grilling season!
Welcome to the final day, Day #6 of Kick Off to Summer Week, a multi-blogger event co-host by Lauren of From Gate to Plate and Summer of Summer Scraps. With summer quickly approaching and Memorial Day in a few weeks, we wanted to make sure you had plenty of ideas for your Memorial Day activities. For the past six days we have been serving up a variety of different appetizers, main dishes, desserts, decor, printables and more all centered around the up-coming Memorial Day. We hope you enjoyed all of these wonderful ideas and thank you for tuning in each day. We have great prizes up for grabs and you will not want to miss out on any of the days! Be sure to check out previous days out here. Follow #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 on Twitter to keep up to date with all of our spectacular ideas and giveaways!
So I must tell you… Basil is a new acquired taste of mine. Seriously though. Even when I was in culinary school, I was not a fan of it. I avoided pesto like the plague… okay maybe not that serious, but you get my point. It’s not the fact that I wouldn’t eat it at all… I would.. I just really disliked when basil overpowered the entire dish… hence pesto.
Within the last few years I have been coming around to using more and more basil in my dishes and I’m beginning to really enjoy the flavors. Last year I planted a few basil plants in a big flower pot. Didn’t use as much as I wanted to since I was away at college and the plants were back on the farm. I ended up wintering my two serving plants in the house. Over the winter I ended up losing another one, but hey come spring I still had one left! I was even using fresh leaves all throughout the winter so I was happy about that!
Well… Last week since weather started getting really nice I wanted to take the basil outside to start harding it off… yeah it didn’t like that at all! My last plant died 🙁 after I kept it alive all winter. ugh. Sad sad! Luckily, I was able to harvest enough leaves to be able to do this awesome rub.
Garlic just so happens to be one of my favorite smells… and flavors for that matter! This garlic and basil liquid rub is amazing and leaves the chops super juicy after grilling. Both garlic and basil are distinct flavors when you take a bite. I was so happy that they worked out together 😛 My mother will be happy… she’s a basil lover!
When I made these chops I actually used boneless chops that I cut from a whole loin. Granted no matter if you’re using boneless or bone-in chops, this rub is fantastic. I whipped up the rub in my little food chopper. Threw everything in it and mixed it up.. no chopping necessary and if you use minced garlic… the chopper does all the work for you. The reason for the chopper allows the two liquids to emulsify easier :). So once that’s all done… marinade the chops for at least 30 minutes. Grill!
Once they’re done you get these juicy, tender, and flavorful beauties.
I hope you enjoy!
- 4 pork chops
- 1 cup basil, firmly packed
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons oil
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- In a small food processor, combine all ingredients and mix until liquid becomes emulsified and turns a whitish color.
- In a bowl or zip-lock bag, pour rub over pork chops and marinade for at least 30 minutes.
- On a grill heated to 350*F, grill the chops for 6-8 minutes on each side.
- Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting to allow the chops to rest.
- **You may also use these on a "George Foreman" grill instead of a gas or charcoal grill**
Don’t forget to check out the rest of my blogger friends who’ve participated in this great event and show them how much you’ve enjoyed this week… drop them a line and show some love 🙂
Grilled Garlic and Basil Rubbed Pork Chops by From Gate to Plate
Mango Lassi by The Haas Machine
Shrimp and Corn Salsa Shooters by It’s Yummi
15 Barbecue Favorites by Summer Scraps
Greek Pork Kebabs with Tzatziki by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Favorite Popcorn Balls by Forty Eighteen
Making Memorial Day a Family Affair by Bits of Ivory
Sea Breeze Punch by Keep it Simple, Sweetie
Steak Sandwich Stackers by Lady Behind the Curtain
Memorial Day Whoopie Pies by The Freshman Cook
Steak Verde Tacos by Clarks Condensed
Red, White and Blue Sangria by Love in the Kitchen
Sriracha Coleslaw by It’s a Keeper
Lemon Pomegranate Punch by Food Lust People Love
Peanut Butter Cup S’mores by Little Dairy on the Praire
Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs by Like Mother, Like Daughter
Vintage Patriotic Book Craft by We Like to Learn as We Go
We’ve reached the end of our week long journey helping you prep for Memorial Day, but before you go we want to offer you a $160 gift card to Amazon. How awesome is that?! We’re talking a $160 smackaroo’s to buy all of your Memorial Day necessities. Whether it’s a new grill, grilling utensils, cookbook, cookware, or decor.. we’ve got you covered! It’s really easy to enter.. just follow along in the Rafflecopter!
Good Luck and thank you for partying along with us this week!
Don’t forget that we have had a total of six awesome #KickOffToSummerWeek2014 posts. Did you miss one? I hope not! Here’s my list!
Day #1 — Margarita Grilled Shrimp Skewers & Pick Your Plum Giveaway
Day #2 — Soft Butterscotch S’more Cookies
Day #3 — Lemon Honey and Rosemary Grilled Chicken Skewers & Gourmet Garden Giveaway
Day #4 — Macaroni Egg Salad & World Market Giveaway
Day #5 — Lemon Brookies
Thanks!! Have a great Memorial Day Holiday!! Hope you come back soon to visit 🙂