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Drunken Pork Chops

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This meal is the down home, hearty food of my youth. Yet when I first read the recipe, my “foodie sense” (kinda like spidey-sense), was sent screaming. Yet another of those recipes that the ingredients seem to be too sparse and simple to do much of anything, but those darn flavor fairies do that dance again, and it is wonderful! It is a definite staple in my menu planning.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 6 whole Pork Chops, Bone In Or Bonless, Your Choice
  • 1 bottle Beer (12 Ounce Bottle, The Darker The Better)
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar
  • ⅓ cups Ketchup (I Know, I Know, But TRUST ME!)
  • 1 Tablespoon Cornstarch
  • ¼ cups Water
  • Salt And Pepper, To Taste

Preparation

Note: For the beer… I use a Black Or Amber Ale. Most people think Guinness is too dark.

Put a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of a skillet. Season the chops with salt and pepper and brown both sides. While pork chops are browning, combine beer, ketchup, and brown sugar in a bowl. Pour this sauce mixture over the pork chops and simmer for 40-45 minutes.

Remove pork chops and thicken the sauce a bit. In a small cup, combine 1 Tablespoon of cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water. Stir to combine and add to the boiling sauce, whisking so that no lumps form. Put pork chops back into the thickened sauce, flip to coat. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

Have your drink and eat it too!

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CookingMama on 4.11.2014

I really enjoyed the taste of this dish however it came out way overcooked. Would you be able to provide a few more details such as how long the pork needs to be cooked for and what temperature (low/med/high)? I had it on a medium-high temperature and cooked it for 4 minutes each side and it was burnt. And also, did you lower the temperature to simmer it? I simmered it at the same temperature as I used to cook it (medium-high) and the sauce got super thick and burnt. I didn’t even have to put the water and corn starch because it was so thick already. Amazingly, it still tasted awesome even though it looked completely inedible and was definitely overcooked.

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ageofavalon on 12.23.2010

My family LOVE this recipe! Including my father, who is notoriously hard to please. In fact, he’s the one who requests this the most. Thanks for a family-pleasing recipe!

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mommykit on 9.11.2010

This was the first time I had ever made pork chops and this recipe was good!! the whole family had messy faces and were perfectly happy! Will definitely make again!

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manje on 8.5.2010

do you think Guinness would work in this? i have a can of Guinness I need to get out of my fridge, but I can’t stand the taste of it alone.

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alimc8 on 4.22.2010

These were great! Thank you for the recipe…so simple yet delicious. I had boneless chops so mine didn’t take that long to cook but were great otherwise!

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coppermom on 10.15.2013

I didn’t think this recipe was all that great. The flavor was kind of bland, like a bland sweet and sour sauce. It was easy, though, so that was nice. I don’t plan on making it again.

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rainydays on 7.21.2011

I only tried this recipe because I had gotten a fabulous deal on pork chops. I don’t typically like pork chops and I don’t drink beer, so I was really skeptical if I would like this. But I’m an experimenter, so I gave it a try… and LOVED it! I totally recommend this recipe for people that aren’t pork or beer lovers! The sauce reminded me of sweet and sour sauce. I used thin boneless pork chops and it was done in about 32 minutes. For the beer, I used New Belgium’s Fat Tire Amber Ale and it didn’t make the recipe bitter at all. Totally delicious and perfect with rice!

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jamieblizzard on 2.8.2011

So easy and delicious! A great go-to meal with easy everyday items. Thanks so much!

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jenkey on 10.14.2010

This was a very simple and tasty recipe. I’ll be making it again.

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kelleygrl on 10.14.2010

These were so good! I had one Newcastle beer leftover from when my brother in law was here and it worked great. I got the highest (unsolicited) compliment from my husband, “I’d like to see that again for dinner.” Kids both liked it too. Also very easy to make!

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