Apple Cider and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops


Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze!  A “must try” recipe!

Boneless pork chops rubbed with a delicious spice mixture, grilled to charred perfection, and brushed with a finger-licking apple cider, orange and thyme glaze…. a perfect dish to welcome the Fall season!

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

Alright… I think it’s time to officially start posting some Fall recipes, don’t you think?  The weather is cooling down here in Ohio (slowly), and it makes me want to start baking and using apples, pumpkins, and squash!  Don’t worry, I’m not about to go pumpkin spice crazy and throw it in every recipe I post.  Promise!  I do have some really great pumpkin recipes coming up though… savory pumpkin mac and cheese with sage and proscuitto anyone?  But today, today I’m all about apples.  And cider.

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I love love love apple cider!  There’s a farm about 15 minutes from us where you can pick your own apples and they have a shop where they have the most delicious apple cider… ahhhhh I’m about drooling just writing about it!  Apples and pork go really well together and the addition of the orange and thyme is just a yummy little zip that I know you’ll love.

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

I love how quickly this meal comes together!  Just 30 minutes or less.  I’ve been on a fast meals kick lately, like my 15 Minute Honey Pepper Beef Stir Fry 🙂

I found this great recipe on Pinterest from Delightful E Made, then added a few little things of my own 🙂  Just mix together the rub spices and olive oil until it’s a dry paste consistency and rub all over the pork chops.  Let them sit for a few minutes to let the rub really sink in, while you whisk together the sauce and bring it to a boil, then reduce and simmer.  If you have nice weather near you, by all means, take these out to your outdoor grill!  Our grill is a bit out of commission (sad face), so I just preheated my indoor grill pan and grilled them indoors 🙂

As the pork is cooking, you’ll want to continually baste it with the sauce, it’s what will give you that incredible glaze.

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

As a quick side I sliced up some red delicious apples and grilled them alongside the pork chops, but that’s totally optional.  Some Stick of Butter Rice or Slow Cooker Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes would be awesome alongside as well!

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You’ll want to save that sauce that’s been simmering away, to drizzle over the pork chops right before serving… not only does it look stunning, more flavor is always great!

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

Feel free to try this sauce and rub with some chicken breasts as well… it would be equally delicious!

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

Be prepared to have this be your new favorite way to have pork chops!  I prefer the ease of the boneless chops, but bone-in would probably be even better 😀

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

I like to garnish my chops with a little fresh thyme leaves, but that’s optional as well.  I hope you all make and love these!

Apple Cider Orange and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops | The Chunky Chef | Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!

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3.77 from 13 votes
4 servings
Apple Cider and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 
Summer meets Fall in these apple cider orange and thyme grilled pork chops.. deliciously juicy and tender with a finger-licking glaze! A "must try" recipe!
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs boneless pork chops
  • SPICE RUB:
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme minced (can substitute 1/4-1/2 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • CIDER GLAZE:
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Combine cider glaze ingredients in a small saucepan and whisk to combine. Bring to a low boil, reduce heat to LOW and simmer.
  2. Preheat your grill pan or outside grill over MED/MED-HIGH heat.
  3. Add spice rub ingredients in a small bowl and stir to combine. Mixture will resemble a dry paste.
  4. Dry pork chops then rub liberally with spice rub mixture. Really massage it into the meat.
  5. Once grill is hot, spray with cooking oil then place the pork chops on the grill.
  6. Brush with the sauce that's been simmering and grill for about 4 minutes or so.
  7. Flip chops over, brush with sauce, and grill for about 4 minutes.
  8. Continue to liberally brush the chops with the glaze as they cook, and once they're cooked through, remove them to a plate to rest for a few minutes.
  9. Drizzle chops with some remaining sauce and sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving.
Recipe Notes

** If using bone-in pork chops, increase cooking time accordingly
** Recipe adapted from Delightful E Made

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31 comments on “Apple Cider and Thyme Grilled Pork Chops”

  1. This was excellent!

  2. Perfect Fall dish! Thank you so much for linking up at Tasty Tuesday! This post has been pinned on the Tasty Tuesday Pinterest board! I love having you and can’t wait to see you next week!

  3. Thanks for bringing these delicious chops to the party! What a great way to start fall with thyme and apple cider! Can’t wait to try these!

  4. I can finally comment Amanda! I love, love apple cider too almost as much as apples. I might try it with chicken instead – the sauce sounds delicious. Thanks for bringing a delicious entree to Fiesta Friday 🙂

  5. Apples, thyme, and pork–a perfect match! These look just perfect and I am adding them to my meal plan tonight!

  6. These look soo good!! I can imagine having this and just feeling at peace with the world.. hehe… Great pics too!! See you tomo for #SaucySaturdays 🙂

  7. My kind of recipe. A little habanero jelly wouldn’t hurt either. I know what you mean about the fall recipes. I have a 1/2 bushel of apples I need to work over this weekend. Have you taken the kids to Irons fruit farm yet to pick apples or for their pumpkin patch. Just down the street from you in South Lebanon. Have a great weekend.

    • Oooooh it would definitely be great with your habanero jelly! We have a little bit left, I’ll have to add it when I make these again next week 😀 Wow a 1/2 bushel of apples… that’s awesome! We take the kiddos every year to the pumpkin patch, but I do want to take them for some apple picking (plus I could use some to make some apple butter) 🙂 Love Irons!

  8. Oh my goodness, those look good. We will have to fire up the grill this weekend!

  9. What gorgeous pork chops! So perfect for fall!

  10. Ooh! You’re so lucky to live near a farm. I think I love like 90 minutes away from one. Booo! I don’t like pork chops because they’re usually so boring and dry but these?! I really want to try them!

    • Thanks Erin!! Yeah we live sort of out in the country here, I love it 🙂 I’m usually anti-pork chop (for those reasons too), but if you wanted to, you could definitely do this with chicken instead 🙂

  11. Oooh, loving the idea of apple AND orange- two total fall flavors come together!

  12. This looks so good! I can’t stop thinking about it. Indeed, a perfect dish to welcome the fall season!
    Great photos too!

  13. Amanda, this looks amazing! What a lovely fall recipe…I definitely want to try it. I know my family will love this!

  14. i love this glaze!! I’m so excited about all the fall recipes!