Apple Cider Marinated Pork Chop

Making Marinates like this one, is what I like best for those fun Camping Trips; where yummy food is part of the attraction, of those supposedly relaxing days. Working ahead gives us the time we need to enjoy with our family, with out even counting that is easy to clean. I like to save it in a zip-lock bag, in that way I do not have to wash one more dish (water is precious when Camping). Go do whatever you like to do in your camping time and come back to a 20 minutes lunch or dinner that will look like you took the whole day making. Good thinks to take with you that last 7 days in your fridge are Potato Salad, Coleslaw, all pre-cut green salads. And for dessert I like apple Crisp, filling is in a bottle and the topping was already pre-mix at home and I took it in a zip-lock bag.


4 large Pork Chops, bone-in, medium thick
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Chili Powder
Salt, to taste, (about 1/2 tsp is what I used)


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, big enough to fit your chops, and whisk them together.

Punctuate your pork with a fork or a stick, (just a little, don't go crazy about it), rub the pork with the marinade and reserve, give it at least 1 hour, (the best, is to put it on a bag and forget about it for a couple days in your fridge and then 1 hour before cooking it, bring it out of the cold) but if you decide that you are short in time, it will work as well.

I made mine for our camping weekend, marinated it them on Thursday, ate them on Sunday!!! Food ready to go, for your Camping Trip!!!

Turn your oven on at 400*F , heat a cast iron pan. Grease the pan with paper towel, heat it again, add about 1/2 tbsp of olive oil and place the chops. Place a timer for about 2 minutes, flip another 2 minutes and then transfer the cast iron-pan to the oven. It will take about 5 minutes. You might want to check with a thermometer if your chops are thicker.

If you do not have an oven like I do ( HAPPY FACE), after you flip and 2 minutes have past again. Add a touch of water (or a little beer, if you are the drinking beer folk) and cover with Aluminum Paper, ( Aluminum Paper is a MUST when camping ) clap the paper to the sides to prevent evaporation of our chops. If you were just grilling and do not have a cast-iron, don't worry, you are not doomed, just wrap the pork chop, like a hobo dinner.

Before taking it out, brush your Pork Chops with your favorite BBQ Sauce, or don't they will be equally great !!!

Have Fun Cooking and Enjoy!!!


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