Grilled Pork Chops with Orange Glaze; glowworm

Do you like orange marmalade?

Strangely, though I am very fond of sweet / sour flavors (Jolly Ranchers Fruit Sours) I don’t like orange marmalade.

But mon mari loves it.

So I buy it…. And, as long as I have it, I use it in marinades.

Orange marmalade makes a great marinade, as does lemon and grapefruit marmalade but they are much harder to find.

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Grilled Pork Chops with Orange Glaze

An interesting combination of ingredients gives great flavor to these easy Grilled Pork Chops

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Marinate: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Pork
  • Method: Grilling


  • 2 boneless pork chops,  6oz (180gr) each
  • Marinade:
  • 3 tbs orange marmalade
  • 2 tbs dry sherry
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 1 tbs ketchup
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder


  • In small bowl whisk together the ingredients for the marinade.
  • Spoon over chops and let marinate for 15 minutes (or longer).
  • Remove chops from marinade (reserving marinade) and cook on barbecue 15 – 20 minutes turning once.
  • Put marinade in a small saucepan and heat to boiling.
  • Spoon over chops and serve.


Orange juice can be substituted for the marmalade. Be careful grilling as the sugar on the fat can easily burn. You need a whisk (or a fork) to break up the marmalade.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 338
  • Sugar: 21.6 g
  • Sodium: 517.9 mg
  • Fat: 7.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.4 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.2 g
  • Fiber: 0.8 g
  • Protein: 39.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 107.1 mg

Keywords: pork chops, grilled pork chops, orange marinade

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Pork Chops, Orange Glaze

The other night I had to go out to my garden. I needed chives.

It was very dark so, naturally, I was looking down.

I spotted a glowworm.

When I was young, partying out in the woods in Wisconsin, we regularly saw fireflies / lightening bugs.

Fireflies are bright, but they’re usually flying and usually blinking (or so it seemed).

Glowworms are stationary.

And really, really bright.

They are a brilliant, luminescent green. I tried to find a free photo, but couldn’t so you have to click the link to see them.

I also tried to take a photo:

Not a success….

So I tried with the flash to see if I could actually find the little critter:

Also not a success….

It was still there. Without the the flash it still glowed brilliantly.

Hard to imagine something so small can produce so much light.

I love nature….

I hope all the little critters survive our current heat wave and drought. I leave water out for the birds and bees but….

8 thoughts on “Grilled Pork Chops with Orange Glaze; glowworm”

  1. It’s been a lightning bug apocalypse here! I haven’t seen this many in years. Probably because of all the rain we’ve been having here. Glowworms. I haven’t seen those in ages. Probably since I was a young child. Before they sprayed with DDT and killed every living thing in the nature preserve our property dipped into. It was a horrible period. Some things never returned either.

    Marmalade. My mother was a Scot. Born and bred. She was not a wonderful cook for most things. But her mother/my grandmother was. She made the most fabulous marmalade. And it didn’t have those huge pieces of rind which add to my texture issues. She used to make her marmalade over a three or four day period, semi-mincing the rind and then bringing it to temp each day until the rind disappeared into the jammy mixture and it was absolutely the most amazing thing I’ve ever eaten. Then I tried the ‘brand that shall not be named’ after she passed and spit it into the garbage. I haven’t eaten marmalade since. I have a plum jam recipe I found that uses the same heat and cool technique. I wonder if I followed that…

    I miss her marmalade.

    • I don’t dislike it as much as I can’t be bothered to eat it. But the way you describe sounds wonderful.
      The first time I saw glowworms here I had no idea what I was looking at. There were 5 or 6 bright green lights by our deck and when I went out to look, of course, I couldn’t find anything with a flashlight. This was the first one I’ve seen in a few years.
      No lightening bugs here. We don’t have hummingbirds, either….

    • I think I’ve narrowed the problem down to Jetpack comments – which I have now disabled which is why comments look different. We shall see.

  2. We occasionally see Glow worms here, not as frequently as before unfortunately. When I read up about their life cycle, I was actually amazed at how they managed to survive, particularly as I used to wage a constant war against snails in our garden. The larval stage is a snail parasite!

    The marmalade recipe sounds like the one I inherited from my mother. She could have got it from her Scottish grandmother, either that or Mrs Slade who wrote a South African recipe book before the last World War. I started making it in the first year of our married life when I realised my household budget would not extend to enough marmalde for my husband given the prices in a newly independent African country. 52 years later I am still making it!

    • Funny the habits we get into – and maintain for years.
      That was the first glowworm I’ve seen in a few years. And, after reading your comment, it’s interesting as I haven’t seen any snails this year. Lots of slugs in my lettuce (the little gray ones) but none of the big brown ones.

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