Mom’s Broiled Pork Chops

Broiled pork chops?

Surely  you can do better than that.

I know that’s what you’re thinking, but listen. Listen.

I bet these’ll end up on your regular dinner roster. Wednesday night and you just can’t face an hour in the kitchen? Pork chops. Hungry family coming in on the late-night plane? Pork chops. Can’t tear yourself away from your Netflix Sons of Anarchy marathon? Make these pork chops. And don’t tell me what happens, I’m only on season three.

My mom ran a babysitting service out of our home when my sister and I were young. Sometimes there would be 8 or 10 kids at our place before school, after school and all.day.long when school was out. She was clearly outnumbered while children ran amok in our basement and I told outrageous tales of my own heroism and cleverness, e.g. the Millenium Falcon landed in our backyard last night but it was using a cloaking device so only I could see it . According to my aunt her children were so traumatized by this, either because they wanted to see it too or because they didn’t want to be abducted to a galaxy far, far away, that they couldn’t sleep that night. She’ll tell you about it sometime.

I digress.

IMG_2577My dad did a lot of the cooking in our house, but when it was my mom’s turn she didn’t always have the energy at the end of the day to slave away in the kitchen. Plus, I was what some might call a picky kid so it probably wouldn’t have gotten eaten anyway. But my parents are also fantastically – nay – legendarily stingy, so take-out was not an option (also we lived in the boonies). Enter the pork chop.

This recipe may seem humble, but it is a testament to the fact that when you have the right combination of a few simple ingredients, you can create something that stands the test of time (and tastebuds). All you need are pork chops, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and seasoning salt. How could you not give it a try? I firmly believe you will.

Mom’s Broiled Pork ChopsIMG_2564

  • 4 pork chops, thickness is up to you, just adjust your cooking time (we buy one of those giant pork loins at Costco every couple of weeks, then slice a few into pork chops and cut the rest as pork roasts)
  • 4 tbsp soy sauce, divided (again, more or less is up to you – low sodium stuff is good)
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce, divided
  • Pepper and seasoning salt

Fire up your broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray.

Place pork chops on baking sheet and drizzle with  2 tbsp soy sauce, then 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce. Sprinkle with pepper and seasoning salt.

Broil 10 minutes on top rack of oven. Remove from oven and flip pork chops. Repeat your seasonings and stick ’em back in the oven. Broil another 5 minutes, then check pork chops. If juices run clear, they’re done. If there’s still some pink, broil a few more minutes.

IMG_2587Turn your fan on as some of the soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce will run off your pork chops and may burn on the tin foil.

Get to know your oven. You may want to broil your pork chops on the middle rack, or you may need more or less time. Try not to overcook them, but if you do – whatever. Have a glass of wine and enjoy the extra Sons of Anarchy episode you squeezed in since dinner only took you 20 minutes.

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