Grilled Thick-cut Pork Chops with Spicy Orange Glaze, the update

Pork is inexpensive here, and good.

But sometimes the pork chops, particularly the bone-in chops, look like they were cut by an inept two-year using a dull safety scissors. The thickness in a single chop can range from paper-thin to a more than an  inch.

I’ve solved the problem.

I buy a pork loin roast and cut my own boneless chops. I get the thickness I like and they are very tender and moist.

And a bonus: I don’t have to worry about biting into a loose bone chip.

Remember, pink in the middle is perfect for pork.

The recipe, Grilled Pork Chops with Spicy Orange Glaze, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Grilled Pork Chops with Orange Glaze.

We had a busy weekend in our little neighborhood.

On Wednesday the farmer across the way marked out a big circle in his newly harvested field with straw bales.

We started to worry.

Racing ATVs and dirt bikes is very popular in this area. The thought of listening to the constant whining of kids riding in circles was unsettling.

It turned out there was more going on.

On Friday night the campers started moving in.

You can see part of the circle to the left of the campers.


Things got busier on Saturday.

There was a ‘vide grenier’ – literally translated as ’empty attic’, it’s a garage sale, boot sale, whatever you want to call it.

Most of the tents are behind the trees, but you can see more of the track… as well as the dirt bikes raising the dust, going around in circles…. Whining.

There was the usual inflatable castle for the kids to play in, the food and wine concessions, as well as the stalls selling whatever.

There was music over the load speaker during the day and live music with a DJ at night.


Even with all the excitement, mon mari managed to finish cutting the rest of the firewood and getting it stacked in the barn.


After he finished stacking the firewood he made a new, wood, wood basket.

wood_basketThe old one was wicker, and after 2 years of use it was in tatters.

Mon mari decided to take it apart and build a new basket out of wood..He used the base with the wheels and the handle from the old basket. It should hold enough wood to get us through a day of fires in the kitchen stove.

He is rather handy to have around…..

If you want nutrition information, try this site: Calorie Count

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7 thoughts on “Grilled Thick-cut Pork Chops with Spicy Orange Glaze, the update”

  1. “After he finished stacking the firewood he made a new, wood, wood basket.” You say that so casually. This would be a weekend of research, consultation, new one-time tools, and 18 hours of effort for me, and the wheels would probably end up on the handle.

    I assume pork in France is as tasty as in Germany; “the other white meat” in the US just can’t compare.

  2. Tanna, I’ll tell him… He did good LOL

    Dan, the pork is wonderful here – better than the beef ;-)… And think of how much fun you would have doing it – even with the wheeled handle.

    Pam, we missed that one – but there’s a big one this weekend we’re going to.

  3. Would he like a vacation here, please? I would try to feed him well for a few days while he gave me a hand with all the things I can’t make/fix/repair. The basket has dove-tailed joins and all! Impressive!
    And thanks for the recipe–I actually have some sliced pork loin in the freezer and the glaze would be perfect!

  4. Lovely pork chops Katie! And a lovely wood basket too…you are lucky to have someone that handy to have around….maybe you two could visit…we need extra handy mans in this household. The work never ends!

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