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The trouble with pork chops is too often they're half-heartedly tossed on a grill with very little seasoning, and end up overdone. Which is probably why no one can eat a classic American pork chop without a bucket of applesauce. Don't let this happen to you! These pork chop recipes -- some paired with summer's ripest fruits and freshest herbs -- are perfect for the season, but are definitely not limited to it, and use a variety of methods to make sure you never eat another dry chop again.
If pork is great on a grill, and pineapple is great on a grill, it only makes sense to combine the two, right? Pineapple salsa perfectly complements this charred and chili-rubbed pork chop. Recipe here!
Obviously we're partial to grilling our chops, but that's certainly not the only way to prepare them. If you do go the oven route, it's best to smother your meat in a sea of scalloped potatoes and cheese. Check out the recipe here.
If you're bored of pork chops on the grill, take them camping this summer and make an open-air Japanese noodle dish. Stephanie, the recipe's author, suggests bringing packets of soy sauce along so you don't have to lug around a whole bottle. Try it here.
Pesto is an excellent summer condiment, whether it's on a pasta dish or used as a marinade. For the latter, we love this orange parsley variation. The fresh orange zest gives it just enough of that sweetness that goes so well with pork. See the recipe here.
This whole recipe only takes 20 minutes from start to finish. Honey balances the acidity of the balsamic vinegar in this sweet-and sour-glaze that's sure to make its way into your repertoire. Find the recipe here.
If for some reason you're not feeling the bourbon in this recipe, it can easily be replaced with apple cider, as both mix well with molasses and mustard. Oh, and there's bacon on top for good measure. Get the recipe here.
Take a note from the Tuscan countryside with this variation. Warm, grilled pork chops are served over a bed of arugula with hints of lemon, olive oil, and rosemary. Finish it all off with pecorino shavings! Bookmark the recipe here.
Apricot jam takes a classic pairing of pork chops with apples and onions to a new level for a sweet-and-saucy crowd-pleaser. Serve this at a late-summer dinner party, when apples are just beginning to show face. Recipe here.
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