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Braising is the simplest way to elicit oohs and ahhs from friends and family that are coming to gather around your dinner table. All you need is a good dutch oven, or cast iron skillet, and about a little more than an hour to produce this mouthwatering meal that will fill your home with the most tempting and enticing home cooking smells (our neighbors even stopped by to see what we were making)!

The recipe being both sweet and savory, we couldn’t decide whether to use an IPA or a Porter, so we added both! We used Ballast Point’s Black Eye, a blend of their Black Marlin, a hoppy English porter, and their Big Eye IPA. This beer is available only in their tasting rooms on draft, but you can pick up bottles of their year-round Black Marlin and Big Eye IPA, or choose a different beer of your choice! An IPA will make the dish a little lighter and savory, while a Porter will add some sweetness and depth.

This recipe is so simple, it only takes about 15-20 minutes to prepare and then you have time to enjoy a few beers while it’s just simmering away on the stove. After about an hour, the meat is fork-tender and you’ll have a thick, rich, glistening sauce that you’ll want to slather on just about everything! 

Beer Braised Pork Chops with Apples and Onions
Serves 4
Sweet and savory combine in this harvest pork chop recipe made with beer!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  2. 4 large pork chops (about 1 inch thick)
  3. 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  4. 2 apples, cored and sliced into 8 wedges (Granny Smith, Fuji, or other firm variety)
  5. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  6. 2 tablespoons flour
  7. ½ cup beer, we used an IPA/Porter blend
  8. 1 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger, or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  11. 1 tablespoon thyme, fresh or dried
  12. salt and pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Add oil to skillet or Dutch oven. Brown the pork chops on both sides, remove from pan.
  2. In the same pan, sauté the onions until translucent, add garlic and apples. Sprinkle flour and incorporate into any pan drippings. Deglaze pan with beer.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, cover and cook over medium heat for 1 hour or until very tender.
Notes
  1. If using a slow-cooker: after searing the pork, combine all ingredients in a slow cooker on low for 4-6 hours
  2. Beer suggestions: Hoppy porter, brown ale, IPA, porter
Adapted from Farm Flavor
Adapted from Farm Flavor
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Karla is a food lover, self-taught baker, and beer aficionado from Boston, MA now living in San Diego, CA. When not on the hunt for a new craft beer experience, Karla can be found in the kitchen cooking up delicious meals and baking sinful sweets or at a local coffee shop for her daily coffee buzz. She started home brewing in Seattle while in college in 2014 and fell in love with the craft beer scene in the Pacific Northwest and during her time studying abroad in Prague, CZ. Hoping to one day own her own specialty food shop and bakery, Karla is a huge fan of experimentation when it comes to food, drinks and sweets. Karla is also an avid backpacker, hiker, and certified yoga instructor. It is only natural that as an alien, she tries to get outdoors every opportunity she can get!

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