I’ve partnered with Smithfield® and Collective Bias to create these Maple Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops.
These pork chops make for one easy weeknight meal, and they’re packed with delicious flavor! #AllNaturalPork #CollectiveBias
I love this time of the year here in the northeast. Although the nights are still chilly, the days are warming up. The birds are out again, and I enjoy watching the tulips and daffodils start to sprout. Yup, spring is back! That means pulling the grill out again. That means nights on the back porch with friends. That means fun! But one of my favorite things about the spring in this part of the country is the maple syrup. Yes, maple syrup.
For me, I always associate maple flavors with fall baking, but maple syrup is actually produced in the spring. There’s a short window every year when the sap runs from the trees, so late March – early April is quite an active time of the year for maple farmers. My sister-in-law came up to visit a couple of weeks ago, and we took a ride out on Saturday morning to a maple farm in the hills of western Massachusetts. This farm does a great job of showing how the flavor of maple syrup changes throughout the season.
Regardless of the grade, all maple syrup is produced in the same way. Sap is collected from the trees and then boiled down to a syrup. Fun fact: It takes about 40 gallons of sap to make 1 gallon of syrup. And a single maple tree produces 10-20 gallons of sap a year (depending on weather and other factors). Taken together, that means it takes sap from 2-4 trees to make a gallon of syrup. The flavor of the syrup changes over the course of the season, too. The grades of maple syrup are based on color and strength of taste rather than on quality.
Aside from tasting all of the different grades of syrup, we also had a delicious pancake breakfast at the farm’s cafe. My wife called me a ‘pancake destroyer’ that day. I’m not sure if that’s a nickname I want, but those pancakes were delicious! And of course they were served with a big bottle of fresh maple syrup. How can you not be a pancake destroyer in that situation?
We brought back a half-gallon of our favorite syrup (Grade A Dark), and I’ll ration that stuff out like liquid gold! I did use some of it to make these Maple Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops the other day, and I was really pleased with how they turned out. I was looking for a quick 30-minute weeknight meal, so I grabbed some Smithfield® All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops on my weekly grocery run to Walmart. I like big, bold flavors, so I knew I wanted to turn those pork chops into something super delicious. That’s when it hit me to use the maple syrup.
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After searing the pork chops in a hot cast iron skillet, I added the maple chipotle syrup and let it simmer down to a nice glaze. Oh yeah. These Maple Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops were delicious! We added in some roasted asparagus as a side dish, and we were both quite pleased with our 30-minute dinner creation. We found the Smithfield® All Natural Bone-in Pork Chops to be tender and juicy, and they don’t include added steroids, hormones or artificial ingredients. Score!
I told you these Maple Chipotle Glazed Pork Chops are a quick and easy meal. Take a look at this video Smithfield® created using this recipe!