Grilled Pork Chops with Caramelized Pears

Grilled Pork Chops with Caramelized Pears


  • 1.5 quarts water

  • 5 Tbsp kosher salt

  • 2 Tbsp sugar

  • 6 pork loin chops, 1/2 inch thick

  • 1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp of J. Olive Co. EVOO, divided

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 Tbsp fresh rosemary, minced

  • 1/2 cup J. Olive Co. Traditional balsamic

  • 2 Tbsp J. Olive Co. Cranberry Pear balsamic

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 2 Vidalia onions, each cut into 8 wedges

  • 2 pears, cored and each cut into 8 wedges

  • 1 tsp salt


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the water, kosher salt, and sugar. Add pork chops to this brine and let them soak for no more than one hour. Drain and discard the brine. Pat pork chops dry with paper towels.

  2. In a shallow dish, stir together 1/2 cup of EVOO, garlic, and rosemary. Place pork chops in the dish and turn to coat. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1-2 hours.

  3. Pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. When the vinegar cools, it should be the consistency of syrup.

  4. Melt butter with 1 Tbsp of EVOO in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and pears and quickly brown being careful to keep the wedges intact. Once the onions and pears are browned, reduce heat to low, and cook for about 7 minutes or until tender. Stir in the reduced balsamic and salt. The recipe can be prepared up to this point several hours before grilling.

  5. Preheat the grill for medium-high heat.

  6. Warm pears on a cool section of the grill (in the skillet), while placing the pork chops over the hot part. Cook pork for about 3 minutes per side, or to desired doneness. Remove to a serving plate, cover with aluminum foil, and let rest for a few minutes. Uncover, top with the pear onion sauce, and serve.

Recipe modified from EVOO Marketplace