The Only 4 Pork Marinades You’ll Ever Need
One of the most amazing things about pork chops and pork tenderloins is their versatility. While delicious on their own (especially the way we package them), pork tenderloins can soak up marinades, unlike any other meat, giving them amazing tenderness and flavor with each and every bite.
Here are four of our absolute favorites in every major category: sweet, smoky, tangy, and spicy. We recommend you try them all. Which one will be your new favorite?
Barbara Deem uses orange juice and sweet orange marmalade to marinate her pork chops, and the results are pretty spectacular. Apricot jam can be used in place of the marmalade with equally delicious results; just make sure the pork is allowed to marinate for at least 30 minutes per the recipe.
Marinated Spicy Pork Chops
While soy sauce, lemon juice, and brown sugar are the main ingredients of this pork marinade, Chili sauce is what gives this traditional pork marinade a little kick. Add as much or as little as your taste buds can handle and serve the meat alongside some creamy side dishes to temper the flames.
Inspired by Texas, Jamie Oliver goes all out with fennel seeds, cumin, and cloves in this pork marinade. The sweet smoked paprika makes a huge difference in this recipe; if you use the “regular” paprika, it will still be delicious, but you will be missing out on the deep smokiness that is one of the best elements of this recipe. Let the ingredients soak in for at least an hour (preferably 24) before cooking.
Pork, honey, mustard and a kick of chili powder create a melt-in-your-happy-mouth combination that intensifies when grilled on an open flame. Great with homemade bread, sweet potatoes, and a side of sweet corn. Just tell us when it’s ready, and we’ll be right over.
Summer may be grilling season, but if you’re like us, your grill barely cools down all year long. We could be a little crazy in that regard (ever smoke pork tenderloin while wearing a snowsuit?), but when you have marinades this good, you can’t help but make them as often as possible.
Do you have a favorite marinade you’d like to share?