Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Dinner-Beer Pork Chops

Drunken pork chops; beer pork chops; really damn good pork chops; whatever you call them, they are pretty much amazing.

This recipe is a classic in our household.  It's nice and basic, but can be easily dressed up with some nice side dishes.

My grandmother contributed this recipe to a women's club cookbook titled "Taste Tempters", and  you can tell that it has been a favorite for a while. This specific page of the cookbook has 3 generations worth of cooking stains, along with a small note in cursive handwriting that reads "140 cal each". Now, I am not sure I can vouch that these pork chops contain only 140 calories each, but I can attest that you probably won't care too much about calories while eating these!

The sauce for these chops is made from a magical trio of ingredients that are typically on hand in our house. When you put these ingredients together, they become a fantastic BBQ style sauce that tastes great with or without pork chops. You could also use this sauce for chicken for a slight twist on BBQ chicken.

You do need a little time to make these pork chops. Preparation is fairly quick, but baking requires an hour and a half, so be sure to plan ahead. I have baked the pork chops for less time (45 minutes to an hour) but to really get the rich flavor from the sauce and tender chops, cooking them the full amount of time is the way to go.

Beer Pork Chops

-8 pork chops, not too thin
-1 can beer  (2 cans if you have it, c'mon the chef can always use a beer)
-Garlic salt to taste
-Pepper to taste
-1 cup catsup (it says catsup so make sure that is what you get! kidding, kidding..)
-1/3 cup brown sugar
-1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Season chops and brown in 1/3 cup oil.
Remove and place in (oven-safe) baking dish.

For the sauce:
In a saucepan, bring to boil, beer, catsup and brown sugar. (Heat and stir for a few minutes to combine the ingredients.)

Pour sauce over chops in baking dish. Cover with foil and bake for 1 and a half hours.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

A New Chapter for the Kiefer Kitchen

Hello everyone! 

Things have been busy for the Kiefers over the last couple years, combine that with an aging computer and you get no blog posts for nearly 2 years!!

Since my last post, we have succeeded in our initial goal which fueled our eating at home--we have purchased a house! The new Kiefer kitchen is more spacious, bright and much more conducive to cooking fabulous foods. We also have a spacious yard that finally allows us to use the grill we got as a wedding gift and the fire pit we received one Christmas. Let me just say that we have been really enjoying the ability to cook outside on something other than a tiny charcoal grill!!

We have been pretty true to our goals of not dining out as much, although we have tried several restaurants in our new neighborhood (look for reviews soon) and have had some excellent food on our travels. I will try to update the blog with lots of posts about the places we have happened upon, we have been lucky to make it to several places in the past year and I would love to share them with you all.

Our goals have also widened to include eating healthier meals and to be more in shape. We've both been on track with that for about a year now. I do still splurge for sweets, but way more moderately than I did before. It has been a good change for our household and we are both feeling great!

On that note, I hope you will enjoy reading the new accounts of the Kiefer Kitchen.