Wow, the summer blew by quickly, and what a fantastic summer it's been. We had epic weather here in Seattle. It's been the best summer weather I can remember. We've been grilling a lot, experimenting a little, but mostly going back to old favorites. With the warm weather, we've been enjoying sweet and flavorful tomatoes from the garden. The garlic I harvested last month has been fantastic. My potato crop was a little disappointing volume wise. They've been delicious, but I just didn't get as many as I'd like. I need more room! Since the garlic has been harvested, I've planted various Chinese leafy greens. They are fast growing, and so we get quick satisfaction. Tonight, I'm going to wok fry some Petit Star bok choi, roast some potatoes and grill some thick cut pork chops.
Yesterday, I wandered into Tom Douglas' Assembly Hall on the ground floor of Via 6, a new apartment building on the corner of 6th Avenue and Lenora downtown. It had a good feel and I'll be back to try Tanaka San, but I did come home with a jar of Tanaka San's black bean sauce from the market, Home Remedy. I'm trying out that black bean sauce in a marinade for the pork chops tonight. It has a delicate smoky flavor unlike other black bean sauces I've used. Nice.
4 bone-in, thick cut pork chops
3/4 cup Simply Apple pure pressed apple juice
2 tablespoons Tanaka San's black bean sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 scallions, sliced on the bias
2" piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
Combine the marinade ingredients. Pour over the pork chops or place everything into a large zip lock bag. Refrigerate and marinate for at least 6 hours our overnight.
Take the pork chops out of the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before cooking. I pulled mine out an hour ahead, but let it be known this is not generally recommended from a food safety regulation standpoint. But bringing the meat to room temp allows for more even cooking.
Light a charcoal grill, and grill the pork chops over the hottest part of the coals until medium rare. Brush the chops with the marinade as you grill.