Pork Chops with BBQ Tomatoes

Pork chop and tomatoesI was very pleased with the way these turned out, although I am doing a little tweaking to the tomato recipe because it was a little too strong on the vinegar even for me. I called them BBQ tomatoes because you boil them in the ingredients that you would make a bbq sauce out of. It tasted really good with the pork, but as always feel free to tweak to your tastes. If it is too strong add more brown sugar to sweeten it up. I grilled the tomatoes, onion and garlic first in a foil packet for about 10 mins but I am leaving that step out because I don't think it was necessary. Feel free to to that if you want though.

Stores with Ingredients on Sale:
Giant- Pork chops, grape tomatoes, onion
Tops- Pork chops, mustard
Shoppers- Onion, Pork chops, spicy mustard
Safeway/Pavilions/Vons- Pork chops
Kroger- Pork chops, onions, French's mustard

Coupons: $.50 off French's mustard

Cost: Around $10 which is $2.50 per person. Remember price is based on portion of product used.

Quick tips:
#1 Try this topping on any pork product including a pork loin. You can use whatever is on sale and it will taste good, cooking times just vary.

#2 To keep brown sugar from getting hard put it in a Tupperware container or ziplock bag with a piece of bread to absorb the moisture. It is also said that you can put it in the freezer. I have not tried this yet, if you do, let me know how it goes.

Dietary classifications: Gluten Free, Dairy Free

Ingredients

4 Pork Chops
2 Tbsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
1 pint Grape Tomatoes
Dash of ground Red Pepper
1/4 Onion chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic minced
1 1/2 Tbsp Brown Mustard
1/2 Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Brown Sugar
1 Tbsp Worcester Sauce
Salt
Pepper
Olive Oil

Instructions

In a small bowl mix together cinnamon, garlic powder, ground red pepper, some salt and some pepper. Put the pork chops on a plate or in a dish, drizzle with olive oil and then rub the spices on both sides of the pork chops. Let them sit while you put everything else together.

Put the vinegar, mustard, brown sugar and Worcester sauce into a small pan. Turn the heat on medium and stir everything together. Then add in the garlic, onion and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover. Let simmer for atleast 20 mins. Be sure to stir and taste every once in a while to adjust the flavors to your liking. Remember if it tastes a little strong in the pot it will still probably be fine on the pork chops.

Preheat your grill to a medium high heat. Most people say that a 1 inch pork chop takes about 5 mins per side to be done. I found myself having to do them more like 7 mins per side. After 10 mins of cooking I would recommend sticking a meat thermometer in them. Cook them to about 155 degrees and then let them rest before serving. While they are resting they should get up to that 160 degrees that is recommended for pork. If you cook them to 160 before letting them rest they may over cook a little.

Once the pork is done, top with the tomatoes. It is that simple.