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Labor Day BBQ Includes Pork

August 26, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALabor day BBQ recipes at our place always include pork chops. With a home town area that had the annual “Hog Days Festival” and the ‘world’s largest pork chop bbq’ it is a long standing tradition that bbq recipes for labor day at least once during the weekend include grilled pork chops.

Labor Day is a day to take some time off and recognize those people who work year round that don’t get recognized any other time. some will be working this weekend – police officers, nurses and many others. This includes the hog farmers that produce the meat for our Labor Day barbecue recipes.

Of course a good bbq pork chop starts with a good cut of meat. Marbled just right, without too much fat, which makes it greasy, sprinkled with seasoning and enjoyed hot off the grill pork chops are a treat. There are many pre-made rubs, seasonings and sauces but like anything there’s nothing quite like homemade.

Look carefully at your chops – thin pork chops should be cooked faster, even searing the outside to lock in the flavors. Thicker cut – over ¾ inch – need more time to insure they’re cooked all the way through. Sear the meat over high then flip so both sides are seared, then cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and cover, letting them sit just a few minutes which improves the meal.

Even better is marinating the chops overnight. Boneless butterfly chops are a sandwich treat! One marinade is combining ¼ cup honey with ¼ cup lemon juice, a few shakes of soy sauce, 2 cloves chopped garlic and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Combine and mi thoroughly and marinate the chops overnight in the mix. Grill and serve with the marinade – yummy!

Use barbecue seasoning with a dash of garlic powder, celery salt and paprika. Another tasty rub is made combining 2 tablespoons each salt, brown sugar and white sugar with 2 teaspoons paprika and black pepper. Add a teaspoon each cumin, onion powder and garlic powder and about ¾ teaspoon cayenne – combine thoroughly and rub into the meat.

Of course for some barbecue means a real BBQ sauce. While there’s a variety of sauces available at your grocery store there’s another that is just too good to not mention here. Although beef was in mind for it a good BBQ sauce works many ways – and country singer Trent Willmon knows a thing or two about BBQ. His “Beer Man” barbeque sauce is available online and would accent a Labor Day bbq very well!

These are just a few barbecue recipes to get you started – and it doesn’t have to be Labor Day weekend to enjoy it!

Did you know…my home town

Kewanee Illinois has an annual festival over Labor Day weekend in celebration of the hog. “Hog Days” features grilled pork chops, a parade and – what else – a hog show.
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