Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook: Daughter-in-Law Sylvia's Barbecued Pork Chops

That close-up picture doesn't even begin to display the awesomeness that was this dinner.

I'm coming back from my random blogging lag to bring you barbecued pork chops.  I'd never before made barbecued anything, and I'd never made a pork chop, so this was an experience.

A delicious experience.

This recipe comes from Sylvia's Family Soul Food Cookbook.  This book is one of my book sale acquisitions, and it's kind of tattered, but it brought me this recipe, and that's OK.

A side note: I read the reviews on Amazon for this book, and they are primarily positive (apparently Sylvia Woods is some kind of soul food royalty?), but the ones that are negative are serious about  being negative.  Lots of "My mom made it better" and stuff like that.

I don't know that I could ever write a cookbook.  Negative Amazon reviews would probably just make me cry.

Anyway, this was my first foray into pork chops, and they turned out really well.  I only made two chops, because we were going out of town the next day and I didn't feel like toting leftovers, but I made the same amount of sauce the recipe called for.

Daughter-in-Law Sylvia's Barbecued Pork Chops

Serves 2


2 pork chops
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. steak sauce
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Rinse the pork chops and pat dry.  Season with salt and pepper.

Place pork chops in a 9 x 13" glass dish.  Sprinkle with the onion.

In a small bowl, stir together the water and steak sauce.  Pour over the pork chops and bake for 1 hour, covered with foil.

Once the chops have baked for 1 hour, remove 2 Tbsp. of drippings from the pan, discarding the rest, and combine the drippings in a medium-sized bowl with the barbecue sauce, sugar, and hot sauce.  

Pour this mixture over the chops, turning them to coat.  Bake, uncovered, for 5 minutes, turn the pork chops over, and bake for a final 5 minutes.