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Make This Now: Colombian Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

We ate pork chops regularly at home when I was living in Colombia, but here in the United States, I don't make them nearly enough, and that's a shame! They're inexpensive and when cooked properly, can be as succulent and satisfying as an expensive steak.

While a good pork chop doesn't need much more than salt and pepper to be delicious, sometimes I like to play around adding different spices. This time I made a dry rub that makes for tender, spicy, deeply flavorful pork chops with just a hint of sweetness. While I share this rub recipe using pork chops, know that the rub is also terrific with pork ribs, pork loin and steak. No matter how you use it, you will love the flavors.

It's really useful to have a few recipes in your repertoire for those nights when you don't feel like cooking an elaborate dinner but you're craving a good home-cooked meal. One of the easiest and quickest meats to cook are pork chops. Just sear for a few minutes on each side of the pork chop and then finish it off in the oven for 15 minutes.

The gentle heat of the oven helps to control the rate of cooking a little better, so you don't end up with a burnt and dry outside and a raw center. You can also make this whole process of cooking pork chops easier by using just one pan. The result is a perfectly cooked pork chop that's golden and crusted on the outside and perfectly tender and juicy in the middle.

Make ahead tip: sear the pork chops an hour or two ahead of time if you have guests coming over and then finish them off as soon as you are ready to serve. 

Coffee Crusted Pork Chops

  • 4 bone-in, thick-cut pork chops (6 to 8 ounces each)
  • Salt, to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 tablespoons freshly ground coffee
  • 1 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chile powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

Get the full recipe.

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